To facilitate connections between locals offering housing during the festival and visitors seeking housing during the festival, we have set up a housing forum.
Here are some parameters to make the hosting/guest experience a happy one:
- Most tango travelers just want a place to crash and take a shower. Many can bring a sleeping bag and are willing to camp on the floor or a spare couch. You need to let them know what accommodation you are offering.
- Guests need access to your home and/or transportation. You should set guidelines on these two key topics. Be clear if it's OK to give them a key, or if it's troubling to have them coming in at 5 a.m. and cooking breakfast. Make sure they understand the best way to get to-and-from the venue, or if they can hitch a ride with you. Setting clear expectations makes the whole thing easier and allows both parties to have a good experience.
- Hosts with pets need to make it clear so those with allergies can make good health decisions.
- If you're sharing a room at a hotel, work out the number of nights and costs and have a plan for reimbursement. Remember that the hotel will only release a key to those listed on the reservation, so if a guest is arriving before you, then the hotel needs to know their name.
- Being clear about your needs makes hosting much easier. Remember to let the host know exactly how many people are in your party.
- Be respectful. It may not be OK to dance all night then show up at your host's place and cook breakfast at 5 am. What may seem normal to you may not work away from home.
- Show appreciation. Don't expect that if you come, that your host is your maid, cook, and driver. It's courtesy to treat your host to a nice dinner or something; after all, they are saving you $$.
- Don't forget to share your travel dates and times. Hosts need to know when you're expected.
Go to the housing forum.
This guide is adapted from the great Hosting/Guesting guide developed by Tango Porque No?.