Having Houseguests

Make Them Feel At Home

We love to travel, and 2020 was supposed to be a big travel year for us. Like the rest of you, that didn't happen. 

We're still dreaming about travel, reading about new destinations, and making (tentative) plans for the future. We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels.

With vaccines arriving and the world opening back up, let's hope we can all be traveling again in 2021!  It's beginning to look promising.

Having houseguests is always an interesting situation. More often than not, your guests will be relatives or close friends, but let's discuss having houseguests that you've met in your travels.

We think one of the great joys of travel is meeting new people...making new friends.

If we really feel a connection with those new friends...

We invite them to visit us if they ever come to the U.S.

Through the years we have had the pleasure of several visits, so here's what I can share with you.


What Do I Do With Them?

Houseguests enjoy visiting local attractions like Carmel Mission

If you've ever had houseguests, you know that the experience is both great fun and also extra work.

If your guests are from a foreign country, it adds a different dimension.

And depending on where you live, you might be wondering, "What do I do with them?"

Visit Local Attractions

For one thing, we tend to take our houseguests to all the local tourist types of places and attractions...

Places that we seldom go to by ourselves.

That's a pretty obvious tip.

Just Let Them See How You Live

The other thing we find our foreign visitors like is just to see our house, how are the rooms arranged, how we live, what our appliances are like.

Take them to the grocery store. They enjoy just seeing how we live.

It's the type of thing we're interested in seeing when we visit different countries. It adds to the learning experience.

We take them to friends and neighbors houses too if we can.

Some recent visitors got a kick out of seeing the construction site next door. They build houses in totally different ways where they live. 

We Put Them To Work... In A Fun Way!

Houseguests help pick grapes at wine harvest
Helping with the little home wine press
Enjoying a little wine tasting

We make a little home wine with a group of friends.  In different years, we’ve put our houseguests to work picking grapes and helping with the pressing.  It’s always work with a big party at the same time.

Then when we take them wine tasting… they have a whole new appreciation for the process… and the wine.  

Make Food And Drink Available

If you have foreign visitors, you need to be sensitive to the fact that they might be eating foods that are unfamiliar to them.

We put out bowls of fruit that would be familiar to everyone so there is something to eat if they get hungry in the middle of the night... bowls of candy and nuts.

Bottles of water.

While we encourage our houseguests to just open the refrigerator and take what they would like, some guests might be uncomfortable with that, so make it easy for them.

Sharing The Kitchen?

Sometimes I'm reluctant to share my kitchen.

I'm fine if guests just want to keep me company, but I've learned that some guests feel better if they can help... make their own sandwiches or help set or clear the table.

If they don't do things exactly my way, that's OK. It's only for a few days.

Discuss Who Pays

If you're going to take them sightseeing, you need to discuss how early you need to get up and get going... so everyone is comfortable with the timetable.

Discuss what they would like to see,

And decide who is going to pay if there is an admission fee.

Let Them Know Your Work Schedule

Suggest some things they can do while you're gone.

If they're not driving, is there someplace they can walk?

Can they get around on public transportation?

They might like some time to themselves. Some of our guests have enjoyed just having a day to sit in our yard and relax while they catch up on reading and laundry for the rest of their trip.

Having Houseguests Should Be Fun For All

The main thing to remember about having houseguests is to make them feel welcome and to communicate with each other so everyone's needs and expectations can be met.... then having houseguests will be a great experience.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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