8 Ways to Be a Good Guest ...


When you visit a friend or relative, it’s important to remember how to be a good guest.

Especially if you hope to get a second invitation!

Since you are staying in someone else’s house, don’t treat it like it’s your own place.

Their rules and habits may be different from your own.

So here’s how to be a good guest, keep your host happy, and ensure that they’ll be delighted to invite you back …2

1. Bring Gift

The first step in knowing how to be a good guest is to always arrive bearing a gift.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, but try to put some thought into it.

Don’t just turn up with cheap chocolates or a wilted bunch of flowers.

Equally, don’t go to the other extreme and buy something expensive, or you will probably embarrass your host.

2. Respect Their Timetable

Since you are a guest in someone else’s home, it is important to remember that they can’t suspend their normal routine for your benefit.

They may have to go to work, run the kids around, or do chores.

So don’t expect to be entertained 24/7, keep them up late, or demand to be shown around town every day.

3. Clear up

A very basic courtesy that some guests forget is that their host is not their servant.

So don’t expect them to clean up after you.

Wash up any plates you use, leave the bathroom clean, and make sure that you don’t create any mess.2

And if your hosts prefer shoes not to be worn indoors, remove your footwear as soon as you come in.

4. Cook

Having guests can be fun, but it does create extra work.

So when you are a guest, offer to help out with the cooking and food preparation.

The offer will undoubtedly be appreciated, even if help is not required.

You could also take your hosts out to dinner as a thank-you gesture.

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