Holiday travels can be exhausting.
Both for you and for the hosting family.
No matter how close you may be to your loved ones, holidays come with many pressures.
When staying with family at their home, it can be difficult to know your place.
Your family wants to make you feel at home, but sometimes they also want their space back to themselves.
Take some pressure off with these 5 ways to be the very best holiday guest.
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Best Holiday Guest Tip #1
Arrive With A Holiday Bouquet:
Never arrive empty-handed.
When they open the door to welcome you, show you appreciate them with a gift.
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You can also have a gift delivered the day before your arrival.
This is just one of many ways that you can ease into the guest experience.
By showing a little appreciation you send a message that you know it’s extra work for them to have you in their home.
Best Holiday Guest Tip #2
There is nothing more awkward than having to ask for a toothbrush or deodorant.
Packing smart and being prepared go a long way to both you and your hosting family.
Make a list in advance of all those little necessities that could easily be forgotten.
From extra phone chargers to slippers, be sure to bring them with you.
We all have those specific things we do not want to be caught without.
No one wants to have to ask a family member to run them to the store while in the midst of the busy holiday.
Having what you need allows you all to focus on enjoying time together.
Best Holiday Guest Tip #3
Have Your Own Ride:
Just in case you do want to be able to jaunt down to the store, rent a car during your stay.
Having your own wheels while on holiday travel can be liberating.
You will never have to ask your hosting family members for a lift.
If you do feel too locked down you can enjoy a nice drive.
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Having your own transportation means not having to ask busy family members to pick you up at the airport too!
This also allows them more time to prepare those delicious holiday meals for you.
Best Holiday Guest Tip #4
Whether it’s helping to prepare those holiday meals or pitching in with shoveling snow, offer assistance.
Your family will be grateful for your offer even if they decline the help.
If you have teens or younger children be sure they keep their own messes tidy and offer to help with chores.
The best guests are those who keep things in order.
Remember being together for the holidays is not just about the gifts and great food.
Taking part in the daily routine of your loved ones is some of the best times together.
That is where real memories can be made.
Best Holiday Guest Tip #5
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