Holiday tips for host and guest
2013 seems like the perfect year for holidays with more than 10 long weekends.
Many of us travel to celebrate with our family and friends, and it's easy to forget the impact this can have on both parties.
So, the experts at Hotels.com, a leading online accommodation booking website, have put together a list of holiday tips to help make holiday visits more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Travelling over the Holidays:
Just because you're the one travelling, try not to expect the world to cater to you (even if you're at a hotel). Remember it's not just your holiday, so try and treat your hosts well too.
1. Show gratitude and bring a gift: A host or hostess gift is a must if visiting friends or family. This small gesture could apply to hotel guests too. Pay it forward and give your bell boy or housekeeper a generous tip, or bring the doorman hot chocolate.
Remember hotel employees are missing the holidays with their families to serve you. A little appreciation goes a long way!
2. Clean up after yourself: Wash your plates or stack them in the dishwasher after meals and don't forget to strip your bed before you leave.
3. Keep kids entertained: If you're travelling with kids, just because you're on vacation, remember it is still your responsibility to watch them. If your child is in the curious stage, bring some easy and temporary childproofing items with you like cabinet and door locks.
Also, packing a few toys and books can help keep youngsters entertained.
4. Respect house rules: This may not seem like a big deal to you, but to your host it matters. Show respect, and if certain areas are off limits, or shoes are to be removed when inside, it's important to do so.
5. 'Thank you' notes are key: Never underestimate the power of the written word. Whether you stayed with family or at a hotel, a simple note is a great way to express your appreciation.
Hosting over the Holidays - Bring the Hotel Amenities Home:
It's the little things that can make the biggest difference to your guest's experience. Follow these simple tips to make a lasting impression this holiday season:
Welcome home: Make your guests feel right at home by providing easy access to amenities they find in hotels or their own homes like a TV channel guide in their room, Wi-Fi access cheat sheet and by providing a quick tour of the kitchen and store room.
Get cozy: Considering the cold wave that has gripped most parts of the country, do as the top hotels and put out a throw pillow, slippers or a robe. This simple gesture will make your guests feel right at home. There is also something super cozy about the warm glow of lamps and candles - especially those with yummy holiday scents!
Stock up on warm drinks: Hot chocolate, hot cider, coffee and tea are an easy and affordable way to treat your guests. Consider putting a coffee maker in your guest room so guests can have fresh coffee just the way they like it.
Bring out the games: Regardless of age, we're never too old to have some fun. Board games are a great way to spend time together away from the television. Playing Antakshari or dumb charades are other great activities if there are kids around.
Prepare toiletries: Create a little kit for your guest room that includes everything they might need, or could forget, including toothbrushes, shampoo and body lotion.