That’s very much the kind of hosting I do and the kind of guests I get- travellers, not tourists. I’ve invited guests to a beach party with my friends, walked around the downtown core pointing out things that might be of interest to them, told them about a nice cafe or restaurant a few blocks outside of the touristy area they’d never know about otherwise. Gone out to dinner with them, taken them to a beach they wouldn’t be able to get to or even know about. We’ve had long conversations over a bottle of wine late into the night. They’ve left me artwork they’ve done, and sweet notes and some bring thoughtful “hostess gifts”. I’ve had guests from Germany, New Zealand, France, Mexico, Canada, the US, Brazil and Japan.
I know for a lot of hosts it’s just a business, but for me it’s always been more than that. I can’t host now in my shared-home situation as long as the virus is a threat, but it’s the hosting of these guests I miss more than the income, which was never an income I relied on, although it certainly helped out.