Its no secret that we have had our fair share of visitors whilst living in England. Family and friends have traveled to the other side of the world (some of these multiple times) just to visit us – I definitely feel #blessed. Having said that, we also hosted plenty of visitors at our home in Perth too – I like to think we have always had an open door policy and we love the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.
Now I definitely don’t think I am excelling when it comes to being a perfect host. I almost think it is impossible to excel at anything with a one year old. However, I have learned a few things over the past 18 months which I will share with you below to help you on your journey to becoming the perfect host for your visitors.
- Good WiFi – Literally the first question anyone asks when they arrive at our house is ‘what is your WiFi‘? So I think it is imperative that you have a good WiFi plan with sufficient data allowance so you can freely share it with all of your visitors. These days it is not unreasonable to afford an unlimited plan. I also found this great little sign from Sealoe so you can display your WiFi name and password – I have purchased one for our guest room!
- Little Luxuries – Think along the lines of extra towels and face clothes, a few essential toiletries, blankets in the cooler months, room for hanging clothes (plus hangers) or space in the drawers. Its nice if your guests can have somewhere comfortable to retreat and feel as though it is their own space to relax. It is difficult for everyone to be social 24/7, especially if you happen to be jet lagged.
- Spare Key – A spare key makes life so much easier for you and your guests. You don’t have to be living in each others pockets the entire time and your guests are free to come and go as they please. I have often needed to head home early or run off to an appointment, so if my guests have a key then it isn’t awkward for either party. It also avoids situations such as when my mother-in-law and I miss communicated where we were meeting – she had her phone off and I didn’t have a key to get back into the house. I thought she had fallen down the stairs, she thought we had been hit by a bus – It was a very stressful hour until we found each other!
- Cater to Dietary Requirements – Check with your visitors before they arrive whether they have any specific dietary requirements. Everyone will appreciate if you have at least milk and bread / cereal so that they can help themselves to something in the morning. Or a bottle of their favorite alcohol or chocolates. I am always very appreciative if someone is able to provide very basic supplies for the baby when we arrive and before we have time to get to the shops.
- Packing Advice – Regardless of where your visitors are travelling from, they will probably appreciate some guidance on what to pack. You can read all of the weather reports on every app but it is much easier if you have a local’s perspective. And its not just the weather, we walk a lot in York and the cobblestone pavement does not bode well for high heels, so I often tell my visitors not to bother unless we know we will be heading out somewhere which calls for them.
So there you have it – my few basic principals on how to work towards becoming a perfect host to your visitors. I would love to hear whether you agree with these pointers and if there is anything else you specifically like to do for your guests. Happy hosting! x