If someone has been kind enough to have you as a guest in their home, return the favor by being polite, courteous, and offering the proper thanks after you leave.
- Step 1: Send a gift to the host. A bottle of wine or a something small for the home, like a vase, are both appropriate.
- Step 2: Send a thank-you note. A note that tells them specifically what you're thanking them for and what you appreciated will make them want to host you again.
- Step 3: Reciprocate the favor by leaving contact information so that they can stay with you if they are ever in your area. Let's hope they take a cue from you and are good house guests themselves.
- FACT: In Japanese culture, a house guest is expected to take off their shoes before entering the home, and the host provides slippers.
- Step 4: Take pictures during your stay. You can later print them and send a few of the particularly special ones to the host.
- TIP: If you are traveling very far from home, bring them a gift from your hometown.
- TIP: Don't make your hosts uncomfortable by gushing about their home or their generosity. It will come across as insincere if you go on and on about it.
- Step 5: Treat your hosts to dinner or an event while you are in town. Ask them about their favorite meal or restaurant and then make the arrangements.
- Step 6: Discuss plans with your host instead of popping in and out. You don't want your host to plan an elaborate evening with you just to find out that you already have plans.
- Step 7: Be polite during your stay. The best way to thank someone for letting you stay at their home is not making them regret it. Clean up after yourself, be quiet, and give them some alone time.