How to respectfully decline an offer to stay at a friend's house

Elaine recently spoke with the Chicago Tribune about declining an offer to stay at a friend’s house,

“Use privacy as an excuse if you’re traveling as a couple. Tell the hosts that you and your partner just want some alone time, and you’re using the trip as “a nice little getaway," said etiquette expert Elaine Swann, founder of the Swann School of Protocol. Hopefully, they’ll get the picture. If you’re traveling solo, Swann said, “wave that flag of me time.”

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