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The etiquette of hosting

Finding the right balance between hospitality and hostility is a fine line. Expectations of hosts and guests can be ambiguous and vague. This can lead to misunderstanding, disappointment and frustration.

Feeling obligated to cater to needy visitors can be challenging. Observing basic courtesy and awareness of hosts’ needs is an essential life skill for travelling and community living.

Clear communication is the key ingredient to success on both sides. Appropriatly clear invitation, defined boundaries and respect for space are necessary for clarity.

The home space is a generous thing to share. A little gratitude and understanding go a long way. Knowing when to leave counts for a lot.