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Be our (Gracious) Guest

It’s very tempting to take the host’s statement of “make yourself at home” literally, especially if you’re close friends. It’s good to remember that no matter how close you may be, there’s still etiquette that you have to adhere to as a guest.
Being a good guest starts even before you get to the host’s home:

Reply to the invitation.
Remember to reply to the invitation as PROMPTLY as you can. A simple ‘yes, I’d love to be there’ or ‘no, I’m sorry I can’t make it’ will suffice. If you cannot go, try to avoid giving a detailed explanation.

Never turn up empty-handed.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, but try to get a thoughtful item you know the person will use, or consume. Remember to keep your host in mind. You don’t want to bring wine, if your host doesn’t drink alcohol.

Arrive on time.
Try to arrive within ten or fifteen minutes of the designated time on the invitation. Getting there too early may mean you’ll get in the way of party preparations, while getting there too late is just rude.
Once you arrive:

Don’t be picky.
Once the food is served, try to eat everything the host has prepared. If there are things you particularly do not like, don’t comment on it, and just try to avoid that particular food. The only reasonable time to say you will not eat what the host has prepared, is if you are allergic to this particular food.

Converse with everyone.
Don’t stay on your phone the whole time, and wait for the host to approach you, and talk. They’re probably busy making sure everyone feels comfortable, to always come and chat with you. Be confident, and mingle with the other guests, and who knows, you might leave the party with a bunch of new friends.

Enjoy yourself.
Lastly, enjoy yourself! It’s what your host wants — for her guests to mingle, and be comfortable enough to really have fun. Remember to make sure your host knows this as you leave his/her house.

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Your Guide to Travel Etiquette


Whether you’re with family, friends, a significant other or by yourself, traveling is an opportunity for you to discover more about the world. By being in a different atmosphere, you’re opening yourself to new places, people and cultures. Be it out of the country or the next town over, it’s important to know how you should behave when travelling. So, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Being a tourist is like being a visitor. Travelling is like visiting someone’s house; so, be a good guest – just as how you would want someone to behave in your own home. You wouldn’t want anyone messing up your house or being rude to your family. So, be neat, speak politely and say your thanks to everyone you meet.
  1. Be a good ambassador. How you carry yourself reflects not just you, but where you’re from. If you’re from the Philippines visiting San Francisco, you’re representing Filipinos. If you’re from Manila visiting Davao, you’re representing Manileños. Your identifier may be your place of origin but it’s your character that makes an impression; so, make it a good one!
  1. Speak their language. Knowing how to speak simple phrases like, “Hello, how are you?”, “I’m sorry.” or “Thank you!” is appreciated by the locals you meet. Think about how excited you feel when a foreigner speaks to you in Filipino. Although, communication isn’t just through spoken words but also through your body. So, be conscious of how greetings should be. A firm handshake, a polite nod or a slight bow – search up on what’s appropriate. It may not be mandatory, but it shows your consideration to their culture.
  1. Try their cuisine. From the crispy Ilocos Bagnetto to the spicy Bicol Express – food is a big part of culture. So, when you get the chance to try them, take it! Try Lucban’s Pancit Habhab, Davao’s Durian or Palawan’s Tamilok. Keep in mind that other delicacies can be entirely different from what you’re used to; so, keep an open mind when having a taste. If you don’t find it to your liking, politely decline but also thank them for offering.
  1. Respect the culture. Different cultures come with different rules that are rooted in deep-seated beliefs. In India, you might want to take a break from steakas cows are revered in Hinduism. In Germany, arrive 5 minutes earlier of the appointment as few minutes of delay may already be offensive. In Japan, keep your distance when engaging in conversation as touching is considered uncomfortable. These may seem odd to you, but these are traits that make all of us unique. So, embrace and celebrate these differences and appreciate the diversity!

See the world through your own eyes but open yourself to someone else’s as well. This is the gift that travelling gives you – worlds of wonder to discover. See new places, meet new people, and discover new outlooks. Learn from them, let them learn from you and learn more about yourself.

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