Actually @designconsortium2003, non-tech-saviness is not your only criticism of older people: [quote=“designconsortium2003, post:125, topic:15008”]
They don’t care about anything other then the price and how they can milk every penny of it even if you are a Budget Stay Listing
I’m very sorry if that has been your experience of my generation (and at 70 I’m way beyond “retiree” age!) but can I suggest that if you have already made up your mind that older travellers are going to be a problem, then they probably will be!
I accept the fact that some older people are not as familiar with technology as younger people, I in fact teach basic computer skills to this age group (and I also taught my granddaughter to design a website!) and they are very keen to learn, but sometimes our brains just don’t learn as quickly as younger peoples’ do. However, it seems to annoy you out of all proportion … could you not perhaps show a little compassion and understanding? I don’t actually agree that a great guest makes a great host, I think one can still be a great host even to the Danish Girls from Hell, but if you don’t feel you are able to host those guests you find more difficult, surely there’s always the Decline option …
Re Americans: I have not had as many guests as some hosts here, because we only host in the Summer and most people stay more than 5 days. I think the reason I have had few problem guests (we’ve only had a few Americans but we also have many French who usually turn up in surveys as the worst guests!) is that being English (and also speaking French) we’re a kind of halfway house, so guests can experience Spain (we don’t live in an expat area) while knowing that we’re there to help and advise in their language if they need it.
Oh, and @designconsortium2003, please look at my guest and host reviews and you will see that, baby boomer though I am, I am totally adorable …