Everyone loves having guests stay. Out-of-towners offer you the luxury of exploring parts of your neighbourhood you’d normally not visit in the daily work-more-work-family grind.
But what do you do when those beloved guest expect you to be at their beck and call, day in, day out?
This recently happened to me with a friend who’d come to stay for three weeks. Three long weeks. Hosting people, while a joy, is hard enough for a few days, let alone when you’re balancing a multitude of work commitments and raising children. The household routine is imperative, and it becomes very difficult to be the relaxed and adventurous entertainer for such a long period, especially if your guests are not of the independent variety.
Couples are easy, they amuse themselves. A solo traveller, however...
But I get it. It’s not a blast being in your own company for extended periods of time, it is more fun being led, and shown, and informed.
I recommend compiling a list of activities for your future guest, and emailing it prior to arrival. Perhaps assert the importance of your weekly obligations, and advise which days you’ll be available to be the friend, as opposed to the employee, the CEO or the parent.
I’ve found it particularly helpful to introduce people to other nearby friends, then they are also free to form their own friendships and gather more inside knowledge about just how to pass the time.
Guests, we love you! But sadly we are not also on holiday! The best guest also helps with the kids, and takes control of the kitchen. It is the greatest thank-you gift known to a parent.