When you’re travelling the world, one of the best ways to experience the culture and life of the locals is to stay with a host. This is common with a wide range of countries, such as Ecuador and Cuba.
But how do you thank the hosts for their kindness and hospitality?
Here are some great ideas:
Earn your keep whilst you’re there
Even though you are technically on ‘holiday’, you’re not staying in a hotel. So, a great way to show gratitude towards your hosts is to earn your keep by helping out with the chores. This could be something as simple as washing up after dinner or offering to do your own laundry.
Find ways you can be useful. For example, if you’re a good cook, you might want to cook something traditionally English for them one night. Or, if you’re a practical, hands-on person, they might appreciate some help with a project they’re doing.
Send letters and photos when you get home
Rather than just waving goodbye to your hosts and never seeing them again, why not show your appreciation by writing them a letter and sending some photos of your trip to them? They often get just as much as the travellers do from the visits and having these keepsakes of your time there will be a welcome addition to their experience as a host.
Take a iftg from ome
Gifts from home always go down a storm with hosts, especially when their culture is incredibly far removed from our own. Pack something that’ll be easy to transport around with you (i.e. unbreakable) and choose something that they probably won’t have where they live.
This could be some of your favourite products that you use at home or it may be a gift you’ve made yourself if you’re a crafter.
Leave positive feedback
A lot of these hosts will advertise on websites where you can leave reviews. Writing a positive, heartfelt review of your time with them will be one of the best ways you can thank them as it not only shows what a fantastic time you’ve had but will encourage others to follow in your footsteps, too.
Return the favour
If you do get on really well with your hosts, you may want to offer an open invitation for them to stay with you if they ever come to the UK. Leave them your contact details (an email is always best as this doesn’t often change as frequently as a physical address) and tell them to let you know if they’re ever in your neck of the woods. You may find they never venture that far but they will probably enjoy the ongoing contact with you.
Thanking your hosts is ultimately about doing something meaningful – you don’t need to go over the top. Overboard gifts or emotions will only make them feel comfortable, so do your research before/after your visit so you can choose something fitting that’ll help you say thank you and put a smile on their face.