To all of you: Thank you for opening up your home to me and always making me feel welcome from the moment I first walked through the door.
Dear X (or whoever it is) Thank you so much for your kind hospitality and for making me feel so welcome in your home. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to you and.
THE BEST MEMORIES of my recent trip to Ecuador come from the family in Quito that graciously opened their home to me.
After nearly two months of traveling, home-cooked meals and real beds with clean sheets were just what I needed. Plus, my host-family had lived in Quito for decades and were eager to share their city with me.
I had a deeper travel experience from watching how they lived, and I learned a lot about the city that you won’t find in guidebooks.
Staying with a host family can be such a great experience, it’s hard to know how to thank your hosts properly.
When you thank someone for letting you stay with them, make it more than a gesture. Staying in someone’s home while traveling can give you an intimate glimpse into how others live. Let them know how much it meant to you.
1. Earn Your Keep
Doing a few chores around the house or offering to do some of the cooking will always be appreciated.
Play to your strengths. If you’re a bit of a handyman, offer to fix their leaking faucet. If you’re tech-savvy, have a look at their aging computer.
Don’t make it too obvious, or your host will probably feel bad that their guest is doing housework. Be casual about it, don’t let them think of it as payment – and don’t break anything!
2. Quid Pro Quo
Return the favor by inviting your hosts to stay with you the next time they visit your part of the world. Make sure you leave them contact information that will still be good in a few years.
Then, if they do show up on your doorstep, do everything you can to make them feel as welcome as possible. Even if they never do make it to your neck of the woods, they will probably enjoy exchanging an occasional email.
If you enjoy playing the host, and want to make it into a regular thing, visit CouchSurfing. Sign up and start building your own network of international friends.
3. Share Your Memories
Most traveler’s carry a camera. Take a few group pictures with your hosts. When you develop those photos back home, make sure you send a few copies to your host family.
With most of us using digital cameras, the easiest (and cheapest) way to share photos is by e-mailing the files. However, mailing prints will probably be more appreciated.
Either print and mail them yourself, or upload the files to a website that will send the prints. I have used Winkflash, but there are many others.
4. Bring A Gift From Home
Gifts from your own hometown always go over well. Pack some small, nonbreakable gifts before leaving home. Find something that they are not likely to have where they live. On your last day with your host, give them something to remember you by.
Little flag pins or key-chains will work, but the best choice is something more personal. If you have a creative hobby, then give them a sample. Woodworkers, crafters, and other artists have many options.
5. Do Some Research
If you’re going to buy a gift locally, find out what items are considered appropriate in the culture you’re visiting. A certain color of flower may look great to you, but giving it out of the proper cultural context can be an insult to locals.
Some seemingly harmless gift items may be associated with funerals and death. Often guidebooks can give you advice on local taboos. Better yet, ask around the neighborhood market for ideas.
There might be other local customs regarding gifts. Make the effort to know these ahead of time. For example, if you know that in some cultures it’s polite to initially refuse a gift, you won’t be worried when your host turns down your gift the customary number of times.
Research helps here, but don’t worry so much about offending someone that you freeze up and become overly formal. As a foreign guest, you won’t be expected to know every little detail about local etiquette.
6. Treat Your Hosts
Take the family to a movie. Take them to a museum. Ask them which local restaurant is their favorite, and then make reservations.
Even though they may have constant access to the sights in their city, they probably don’t take advantage of them as often as they would like.
Something as simple as going to the bar where your host is a regular gives them a chance to show you off a little to their friends. Remember, you are just as exotic to the local as they are to you.
7. Don’t Overdo It
Expensive gifts and shameless gushing will only make your host uncomfortable. They are not expecting money or jewelry, and will turn them down.
Friendship, interesting conversation and the satisfaction of being a good host are what they really want, so keep smiling and always say thank you!
What are some ideas you’ve used to say thanks? Share in the comments!
Being the subject of someone’s hospitality is a privilege. By allowing you into their home and life, a person is showing you a window into their world. This is not something that should be taken lightly.
The best way to show your appreciation for someone who has been welcoming, is to write them a note or message to say, “thank you for your hospitality”.
Due to the personal nature of the experience, the writer should be specific about what they’re thanking their host for. Additionally, the writer should convey sincerity.
Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas
province in Canada. How they find me is always a mystery to me. Thank you so much for your welcoming hospitality, delicious food and lots of laughter. Thank you so much for inviting us into your home and stories of your life with us.
Here are some thoughtful examples of what to include in your thank you note or appreciation message.
1. We absolutely loved the entire experience we had at your home. The atmosphere was pleasant and the scents of fresh flowers filled the whole serene environment. We also enjoyed the banana smoothie and fresh baked cookies. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
2. Thank you for inviting me to your house over the weekend. I was extremely thrilled for the warm welcome and amazing hospitality. The guest room was a great viewing area and I enjoyed the stunning scenery of the beach. Thank you again for welcoming me warmly into your harmonious house.
3. Thank you for the hospitality during our visit. We enjoyed everything about our stay at your home. From the moment of our arrival to our last minute at your place, we were treated like royalty. Thanks again for your time and generosity.
4. We were deeply touched by your warmth and hospitality during our visit. We had one of the most beautiful memories and can’t wait to spend our next vacation with you again. You’re absolutely amazing and we can't imagine a world without you.
5. I am thankful for the dinner and warm hospitality. I really enjoyed everything that was served, from the avocado toast to the yummy grilled salmon. Thank you again for your time and generosity.
6. It was really nice staying at your place. We had a very pleasing moment with you and can’t wait to come back to your place for our next vacation. Thank you again for the beautiful experience and fun time we had with you.
7. Thank you for letting us stay at your house. We enjoyed the Starbucks coffee and baked cookies. The coffee was deliciously creamy. We hope that we someday have the opportunity to return this hospitality.
8. It was such a wonderful experience to stay and have dinner at your house. The environment was pleasant, the meal and hospitality were amazing. I can’t say enough about your kindness and generosity. We got carried away by the scents of fresh flowers in your house and aromas from the kitchen. There was so much to be thankful for. Thank you again for your time and hospitality.
9. There was so much to be thankful for about our experience at your home these past few days. All the members of your family were friendly, accommodating, and absolutely incredible. We were beautifully taken care of much more like royalty. The warm reception was priceless. Everything about our most exciting journey wouldn’t be complete without your generosity and kindness.
10. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful experience during our visit. We wouldn’t have this most exciting experience had it not been for your consideration and generosity. Once again, thank you for being such an amazing host!
11. Our experience at your place was fantastic. What an amazing natural place, surrounded by exotic flowers! In fact, we had the most exciting holiday of our life. Thank you so much for the efforts you have made to make our visit enjoyable.
12. I’m so glad we visited your harmonious home. Everything about your house was so fantastic. The room attendant was very calm and welcoming. The drinks and the mouth-watering meals were served to perfections. The sweet natural sound of birds singing and the gentle sound of the waterfall was extremely entertaining.
13. Thank you for letting me stay at your house. It was really a very welcoming home for everyone. Thank you again for your warmth and hospitality.
14. We had a very delightful moment at your house. Thank you for giving us the best treat we never dreamt of. You’re the most amazing person I have ever met!
15. Thank you for your time and gracious hospitality. It was such a fantastic place for me and my colleagues. Thanks again for doing everything you could to make us feel at home. We would love to visit you again.
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