So my travels have taken me to Montreal this weekend, where a former coworker of Rami’s (and a good friend to us both) has been kind enough to let us stay with his family for the weekend. This isn’t something to be taken lightly, though – if someone else is going to let you stay where they sleep, there’s things you should and shouldn’t do in order to be a bud and not a burden.
DO offer to help around the house as much as possible
DON’T leave your stuff all over the place, making it look like a war zone
D0 follow the lead of your host if you haven’t established a schedule of your own
DON’T tell your host how to do things
DO something to show your appreciation for them letting you stay over
DON’T do anything to make the situation awkward or uncomfortable
DO clean up after yourself
DON’T get involved in anything that isn’t your business
DO trust your host
DON’T be a total pest
These are only a start. You’ll need your common sense, manners and generosity to ensure that they’d be open to doing so again sometime in the future.
–Casey E. Palmer