Most of us can agree that getting people to visit us is a great experience … in healthy doses of course. Visitors give us an opportunity to share our lives with them (remember sharing is one of the 7 Habits of a Happy Expat). Visitors give us a chance to take time out of our busy schedule and visit a landmark or two with them – the landmark we’ve been postponing to visit. Visitors give us a new perspective on the country we are living in and open our eyes to things we may have not seen. And, finally, having visitors means that someone actually cares about our experiences and wants to learn more about them!
So what are some strategies to have the best time with visitors in your home and your country? I have a few of my own but since each country is different I’d love it if you add yours.
Here are mine:
(1) I make a list of all museums that are worth a visit and include the opening times, the days when the museums are closed, the entrance fee (if any) and the quick tips about each one if I have them.
(2) I look up schedules for performances for the time my visitors are going to be in town and send it to them ahead of time. If they are interested, I offer my services of purchasing them tickets.
(3) I always keep a few spare maps of the city in the visitors’ room along with a map of public transport, if that exists.
(4) If I am in a country where renting a car is not ideal, I try to reserve at least one weekend to take our visitors to places that are not accessible by public transport.
(5) I try to show and recommend at least a couple of places off the beaten tourist track – and a few of very local restaurants.
What about you? What are your strategies?
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