Whether it’s coughing into your elbow, giving up your seat for another passenger on public transport, or a wave of gratitude to a road user who voluntarily gave you right of way, participating in social etiquette makes guests feel like they are part of the community.
As homestay accommodation providers, hosts have the ability to educate their guests about these unspoken rules, which will greatly enhance the way others engage with them.
Sometimes guests are surprised to find that the local etiquette is the opposite of what is considered polite at home. For example, in Japan, it’s poor etiquette to blow your nose, instead you should sniff. In Australia the opposite is true.
With so many different ways of looking at things, it’s easy to offend by unknowingly doing the wrong thing. Give your guests a better experience and let them know what’s expected, or acceptable, if you see something that might earn them a frown!