Being a great host can be inexpensive and easy, provided you take a few minutes to plan in advance. And since long-distance friendships depend on those rare few days together, isn’t it worth it?
1. Have a spare key made.
This is a no-brainer, but something I avoided for a while out of pure laziness. You’ll end up with the worst meet-up arrangements to pass off the key, resulting in a frustrating week for you and a bunch of grumpy guests. Avoid the headache: get a cheap keychain and a spare key and let your guests wander as they please.