- Try to appreciate the time, money and effort spent on your behalf
- Gifts: gifts are not mandatory, since the idea behind a hospex is to stay at someone's place for free. However, something typical from your country, the offer of cooking a meal, or a nice picture of your hometown cost you nothing and rarely go amiss.
- Money: You should be able to pay for your travel-related expenses, since host should not be expected to provide anything except a place to stay for the night. If your host provides you with meals, entertainment, or transportation, offer to share the expenses. If your host does not accept payment, pay her/him back in some other form like cooking a meal, doing the dishes, helping her/him with something, sharing skills, etc.
- Try to be aware of cultural differences
- Avoid asking unnecessary personal questions
- If your host has children, do not be derogatory, impatient or dismissive toward them
- Communicate clearly with your host about when you are going to arrive and leave
- Make sure you know how to reach your host's place or wherever you agreed to meet
- Exchange alternative mean of contacts (cellphone, email, etc.)
- Try to be on time if you arranged a specific timeframe
During your stay
- Schedule: adapt to your host's schedule and organize yours to to have some time to spend with her/him
- Be as tidy and use the least space possible: try to keep all your belongings in a single spot - that would also help you to find them when is time to pack!
- Plan to be self-sufficient for meals. Your host may invite you to share their meals, but there's no obligation to do so. If that's the case, offer to help in some way: buying groceries for the meal, washing dishes, taking part in the preparation, etc. Do not insult your host's cooking
- If you have specific dietary requests, make sure to inform you host in advance (or even put them in your profile)
- PC and Telephone: Don't use your host's computer or telephone unless he/she gives you explicit permission. Offer to pay for all phone calls. Don't download any program onto their computer. Check to see if they prefer the computer logged off, shut-down, or left on when you finish using it.
- Be social and communicative: do not ignore your hosts and other guests, do not whisper, and don't always speak a language your hosts don't understand
- Say thank you
Clean up after yourself
. Just clean up a little bit more than you think you made, since you will probably forget to clean up some other things.
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