How I Say, “Thank you!”

When I wrote about our trip to visit my family as a vacation, I told you that I would eventually write about the “Thank you” gift I left for all of our different hosts. Well, I finally got around to writing about it.

If we are going to be around family, I take pictures of their kids, or my kids, and order them from Walgreens on the computer. My husband will go pick them up and get a few frames for me to put them in. Before we leave, I give them our and explain how blessed we have been by their hospitality. How can you do this if you are far away from home and in a pinch for time? Well, you have to be a tad bit sneaky, own a digital camera, and internet connection or a phone book. Here are the steps to follow in order to leave a wonderful, personal memory for your amazing host with the most.

1. Use your digital camera to take a cool picture of a person or a place that your host would appreciate. If you are like me, you take it in RAW and Photoshop it until it looks amazing. If not, you can skip the Photoshopping and take your memory card right to your place of printing.

2. Look up your nearest photo printing place online or in a phone book (you know, that big yellow thing you use as a make shift booster seat).

3. Sneak off for some mystery travel or grocery item (as far as your host is concerned) and get the pictures printed. If you go somewhere like Walgreens (where I usually go) you can even pick up a frame at the same place. You can also submit your pictures online to many places so you don’t have to wait for your photos to be processed once you get there. Just make sure you click the “Pick Up In Store” option instead of the shipping option.

4. Buy a frame.

5. Place picture in frame.

6. Gift wrap if you want. And you can also write a nice note to leave. I usually just hand them the picture. I love to see the look on their face.

7. Sneak back in and wait until the perfect moment to present your host with their personalized thank you gift.

If you really want to wow them, you can also carry a pack of “Thank You” cards around for use at your discretion.

And if you still have any questions about being an awesome guest, check out my Best Guest series.

Happy Travels!!


P.S. My next post will probably be from our flat back in Greece. Goodbye California, I’ll miss you!