I attempted to search for this to make sure it hadn’t been asked recently but for obvious reasons (like the words “host” and “guest” appearing in … well, everything here) the search results for a mess.
Anyway: I just booked a weeklong stay with a host in my MIL’s city and found myself writing my intro message quite differently than I would have before. For instance: Since the host lives upstairs, I mentioned that my husband and I will be in and out at different times during the day, mostly working from home and visiting with my MIL, and that we’d like to have my MIL and her partner over for dinner a couple of times – and that if that didn’t work for the host, I would be happy to cancel the reservation and find a new spot. (The host was absolutely lovely about it. Wonder if she’s here – hi!)
It also made me curious whether anyone else has become a better guest because of being a host, and in what ways. I know hosts-as-guests get a bad rap a lot of the time, which is also pretty interesting.