I’ve stayed in many places that were not my own home, from a small hut in a jungle to a big house in the suburbs. But, no matter the location, my brief stay left the deepest impression when my hosts went out of their way to make me feel at home.
If you are thinking about opening up your home to a weary traveler, here are a few things to do to make their stay a memorable one.
Prepare a Room
Having an enclosed room of their own would allow your guest to relax in a situation where they may not feel relaxed right away. What if you don’t have a guest room? Perhaps there are creative ways to set up a room, like using an office or a family room. If the room isn’t totally enclosed, consider hanging up a curtain, using a tension rod, to create a makeshift door. What we do is “kick out” one of our kids from their room.
I’ve been on a few missions trips in different parts of the world, where we stayed with host families. Their homes were very small, but they gladly offered us their beds while their whole family slept on the hard floor. Now that’s hospitality!
Provide Meals and Other Essentials
Traveling usually means having to eat out all the time, but if your guest is not in a rush to head out the door, feed them with some good home cooking. You don’t have to get all fancy. When I’ve traveled, I would miss the simple dishes that my mom would cook for us.
It’s also nice to provide a few essentials, like a towel and some toiletries. I like to put together a simple toiletry basket, using many of the items that I have received in the mail when signing up for free samples.
Protect Their Privacy
My daughter was super excited when I told her that her aunties would be coming to visit this week, and she eagerly offered her room. But, I reminded her that for the few days they would be staying with us, her room would be their room, meaning she could not walk in there any time she wanted.
Having an overnight guest is a good way to teach your children hospitality and also how to respect a person’s privacy.
Partake in Some Social Interaction
When a Japanese pastor, who we’ve never met before, stayed with us during a conference in town, we invited him to sit down with us for breakfast every morning. It was awkward at first, but we were blessed with the opportunity to get to know him better. He told us about his church in Japan and showed us pictures of his family. Even my kids soon felt comfortable talking and playing with him.
In the evenings, he and my husband would come home from the conference, and I would have some tea and pastries ready for them, so they could have time to relax and talk before going to bed.
When our guests have left, our house would always feel a little quieter. Though we always wanted to make a good impression on them, they always seemed to leave a lasting impression on us.
What do you do to create an atmosphere of hospitality in your home?
Click on the image below to vote for my blog.
One Click = One Vote
Note: Advertisements may sometimes appear at the end of each post. Less to More has no affiliation, direct or indirect, with these ads.