We’ve all been there. Your accommodations double booked/you mixed up your landing date/you’ve got no money.
You’ve asked a friend or family member if you can crash on their Couch. Follow these steps to make sure you don’t ruin this relationship entirely:
1. Don’t Be Creepy.
This one is easy to fall into. Particularly because what you think is entirely normal (biting toe-nails at breakfast table) could scar someone for life. If it’s your first time properly meeting the person your staying with, try and imagine your at your partners parents House for the first time. They will appreciate the politeness.
2. Be Aware What You Spend
It’s a given you’ll be able to use the houses facilities but bare in mind when you leave in a few days, your host will still have to pay the bills at the end of the month. Try and have shorter showers, be sparing with air-con/Heating and go easy on the condiments!
3. Respect Their Privacy!
If you’re traveling alone it can be very tempting to latch onto a person you kind of know. Be aware of this persons privacy, give them their alone time and even offer to leave the house! (Especially if they have a partner ;)
4. Be Clean
I don’t care if you’re a pig in your home. This isn’t your home. Be respectful of peoples space, clean the area you sleep in every morning and make the couch accessible. Clean the shower/toilet after use. Don’t leave dishes! Even offer to clean their mess as a thank you for letting you stay!
5. Never Have Friends Over
Let say you meet a homeless man on the subway? Or a lovely lady or gent at 3am in the bathroom cubicle of a 24 hour nightclub? Do not. I repeat do not bring this person home, or any other person for that matter. If you want to catch up with a friend, meet them somewhere. Hosts tend to react badly to a near enough stranger bringing a complete stranger into their home. So don’t.
Home is wherever Im with you.