Thank you so much for stepping into this adventure! We hope you can find some great women guests to welcome into your space!
Here’s a few tips on how to make the best of it!
Be Clear about Expectations Beforehand
You are sharing your environment so be clear about what that works for you! Things will come up and maybe your guidelines will change. That’s ok. Just know what you need and communicate that in a way that makes sense.
Keep It Tidy
If you provide a tidy atmosphere, it will be much easier for your hosted traveler to keep their things out of the way. If your home is already cluttered, they may think that you don’t care and spread their toiletries and clothing out.
We all know that our own clutter is a lot less triggering than somebody else’s!
Provide Clean Linens, a Pillow and a Semi-Private Place to Rest
Even if it’s in the middle of your living room, that’s okay. If you have roommates that play video games in that room until 2am regularly, be clear about that in your profile.
If your guest is actually staying on your couch, be clear in your profile that you’d like blankets and pillows folded when they aren’t in them. Even if you aren’t normally that neat, it will feel better when you look over at the couch!
Talk About Meals
Do you want to share a meal or a few with your guest? Do you want to wing it? Be clear about what you expect. You can ask for a contribution, but be sure to do so BEFORE the meal groceries are purchased. A good solution would be to go to a restaurant together so you can share a meal and each person can be responsible for only their own expenses.
Sharing a meal is kind of a sacred thing, let’s not make it an exchange of goods for money. But you can make an agreement beforehand what each person is going to contribute without it feeling like you are running a restaurant. Preparing a meal, eating and cleaning up together can be fun!
Have a guest staying for a short time that is really into your local cuisine? Host a potluck! You can connect with your friends and your guest can sample lots of authentic regional cuisine. Win-win!
Talk about Pets
Do you have a dog or a cat? Some people are allergic (or afraid of) certain animals. Be very clear on your profile about your furry friends (including rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, snakes, etc).
Have Clear Boundaries
If you both love fishing, maybe you go to fish together. Part of the joy of hosting is that you get to enjoy some of the unique and wonderful things your area has to offer by sharing them with someone new! Just be clear about what you want to do and don’t spend too much time accommodating your guests.
Be SUPER Clear About Expectations
How long will you want someone to stay? Do you want to do some activities together? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Practicalities like this need to be out in the open for things to work smoothly.
Be Willing To Say Goodbye
If your expectations or lifestyles don’t work well together, just say “I’m sorry, something has come up. I need you to find somewhere else to stay.” Do this AS SOON AS THINGS DON’T WORK FOR YOU. After the first day, if it’s still uncomfortable, it’s only going to get worse.