Etiquette for the Couch Hopper

I’ve spent a lot of time on the road and travelling the world. To save money and really experience the culture of an area I have spent many of those nights in other people’s homes rather than hotels. Here are some tips that have helped me always get an invitation back.

Don’t be picky about where you sleep. If the only place available is a set of bunk beds covered in Power Ranger stickers then that’s where you sleep and be gracious about it. Never let your hosts give up their own bed for you. You are imposing on their space and you want to make as little of an impact as possible. Take the full over full bunk beds and relive a little bit of your childhood.

Bring a gift to show your gratitude. Try to ask what kind of things your host might enjoy and be prepared. It looks better to arrive with a well thought out gift than to treat them to dinner or a meal. Of course you should offer to treat them to a meal as well. Make your presence a pleasure for your hosts. You want to make sure that they have pleasant memories of you.

Always clean up after yourself and offer to help clean up after others. Don’t assume that the people who live in this house are perfectly happy to clean up your mess so forget any normal routine you have at your own house or with your family, significant other or roommates and pick up a sponge. Cooking a meal for your hosts is a great way to show appreciation but the mood is immediately soured when they are met with a large pile of greasy dishes and a counter top coated in flour.

Don’t use all the hot water. That’s important enough to say twice. Don’t use all the hot water.

Stay in contact. Not only because you might want to stay with them again but also because you want to stay in contact. These are people who were willing to open their home to you so they are obviously good people and the more good people you have around you the better off you are, even if you did have to sleep in a set of bunk beds.

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9 Responses to “Etiquette for the Couch Hopper”

  1. chrisair says:

    this is also good for resolutions or to do list. by the way congrats on winning the stake at nitas contest, hope youu could join also in AFTR where other adgi member have migrated

  2. Lainy says:

    Hey Mhonz! I wonder if you got the 3k EC credits I sent to you via my other account, lainyonline.com?

    Kindly acknowledge. Thank you!

  3. genny says:

    wow! moolah…was here girl…:-)

  4. Henry says:

    Thanks for the tips Mona! I’ll remember all what you write here.

  5. Elizabeth Philip says:

    Very valuable post for those who are intrested in valuable rsources for every one.

  6. Beverly says:

    Thanks for sharing this good tips..I really appreciate it..

  7. reese says:

    hello mona!
    wow raket ito ah…
    ngayon lang nakabisita…ako rin tinamad na magblog after adgitize closed hahaha

  8. chubskulit says:

    Useful and informative article sis.

  9. Spencer Feldker says:

    hey, great resolution and this is great article :)

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