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The key to great travel is to be invited back. Nothing increases your chances of this better than having been a great guest the first go around. This is especially true for young travelers. Here are ten ways to be a great guest:
  1. Assume everything is valuable: Whether it is a copy of Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” on a bookshelf, or a bottle of perfume on the bathroom sink, assume everything that is not yours if valuable and off limits to touch.
  2. Always make up the bed: No matter how much your host insists it is unnecessary for you to make up your bed, do it. This says you value their property and that you are a neat and clean person. People like to share things with people who take care of things.
  3. Never help yourself to food and drinks: It is courteous to invite a guest to help themselves to the contents of the cabinets and refrigerator, but you will always run the risk of consuming something not meant for you. Better to simply wait until you are served something or you can ask for a specific item, like a soda.
  4. Use your own computer: Logging on to the house computer except for emergencies or for routine checking of messages should be off limits. People keep personal stuff on their computer and it is rude to play around on it.
  5. Turn off the lights.
  6. Come with a little gift: A small box of chocolates or a souvenir from your home is a nice gesture that lets your host know you appreciate their opening their house to you.
  7. Remove your shoes at the door.
  8. Never recline on furniture: There is nothing worse than having a guest lay down on the sofa in the living room. Treat the public areas of the house where you are visiting like you would a museum.
  9. The lawn is another matter. There you can recline all you want. People love to know their yard is a comfortable place!
  10. Never bring a guest of your own: When you are a guest in someone’s house never bring a guest of your own.

How to be the Best Teen Guest Ever, and why: Ten Ways

The key to great travel is to be invited back. Nothing increases your chances of this better than having been a great guest the first go around. This is especially true for young travelers. Here are ten ways to be a great guest:

  1. Assume everything is valuable: Whether it is a copy of Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” on a bookshelf, or a bottle of perfume on the bathroom sink, assume everything that is not yours if valuable and off limits to touch.
  2. Always make up the bed: No matter how much your host insists it is unnecessary for you to make up your bed, do it. This says you value their property and that you are a neat and clean person. People like to share things with people who take care of things.
  3. Never help yourself to food and drinks: It is courteous to invite a guest to help themselves to the contents of the cabinets and refrigerator, but you will always run the risk of consuming something not meant for you. Better to simply wait until you are served something or you can ask for a specific item, like a soda.
  4. Use your own computer: Logging on to the house computer except for emergencies or for routine checking of messages should be off limits. People keep personal stuff on their computer and it is rude to play around on it.
  5. Turn off the lights.
  6. Come with a little gift: A small box of chocolates or a souvenir from your home is a nice gesture that lets your host know you appreciate their opening their house to you.
  7. Remove your shoes at the door.
  8. Never recline on furniture: There is nothing worse than having a guest lay down on the sofa in the living room. Treat the public areas of the house where you are visiting like you would a museum.
  9. The lawn is another matter. There you can recline all you want. People love to know their yard is a comfortable place!
  10. Never bring a guest of your own: When you are a guest in someone’s house never bring a guest of your own.
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