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Traveling with misterb&b is an exciting, cool and sharing experience. But it’s also about trust and respect: because when you stay with a host, they’re inviting you into their home and their life. So, from simply saying thank you to respecting the rules, here are 7 ways to be an awesome misterb&b guest.
1) Keep your host updated
OK, so you’re booked and on your way to your misterb&b. Woo-hoo! But if you’re going to arrive late, let them know. If your flight’s been delayed, your train canceled or your camel just refuses to budge (lolz), make sure you text/call/mail so your host can make other plans.
Also, before booking, it’s polite to let a host know if you’re planning to turn up in the early hours: they may have to work the next day. Not everyone's on holiday, y'know! ;)
Although some hosts set a small cleaning fee, that doesn’t mean you should treat the place like a hotel (yep, that means picking up your underwear from the bathroom floor!). It’s not a hotel; it’s their home and they’re welcoming you into it, so respect the surroundings.
Treat the place like you would your own. So, if you’re using the kitchen, do your dishes after cooking (and maybe offer to eat together, too!).
As guests, we’re all different: some of us prefer to explore the city alone; others need a helping hand. misterb&b hosts enjoy giving advice, but remember: hosts are busy, juggling hosting, work and their own social lives. Most will be happy to help but don’t pressure them too much.
Try to get a sense of what your host can and cannot offer (and, yes, that also extends to 'you know what' – never assume your host comes with the apartment and put them in an awkward situation!).
Before booking, check if your host has added specific house rules on their listing. So, whether it’s about inviting other guests over, not cooking or playing loud music, make sure you know the score. Respect the neighbors, too: keep volume down in stairwells and when coming back late… especially if you’ve had one too many!
Has your misterb&b host gone above and beyond to give you a wonderful stay? Or do you want to kick your stay off in a great way? Consider bringing a small ‘thank you’ gift from your country.
But saying thank you doesn’t have to cost: even just leaving a sweet note or sending a postcard (yes, postcard!) when you get back home will really make your host feel valued. It’s nicer than an email. Remember: it’s the thought that counts.
If, for any reason, you’re unhappy with something, tell your host ASAP. The vast majority of hosts will bend over backwards to help their guests, but can only do so if they know about an issue. What you shouldn’t do is stay silent and then only mention it in your post-stay review. Talking of which…
Finally, it helps your host - and our global gay travel community - if you leave an honest review. If your host made your stay fantastic, say so. But, be honest: if for any reason you had a less than positive experience, say why in a constructive manner.
The misterb&b community relies on reading honest reviews so they can make decisions about which hosts to book with and have stress-free travels. Taking just a few minutes to write a review can make a big difference! Happy travels! ●
And if you're a host, you need to check out 12 top tips to become the perfect misterb&b host!
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