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Planning to be a Warmshowers guest?

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WS Member Аватар пользователя WS Member
Planning to be a Warmshowers guest?

Dear bicycle tourists ... When you are planning to be a guest at the home of a Warmshowers host, please plan your trip in advance (as far as possible, at least a few days). Contact the hosts you want to visit already in your planning stage. 

When you contact a host when you're already on your way, like "I'm riding in your region at the moment, please can I be your guest tonight?", you can be disappointed because the host doesn't answer you. Or when you come at their door, they aren't there. Not everyone reads their messages all the time, so they might not know you are coming

If you did contact possible hosts in advance, not for fixing the appointment, but just for planning, then you know if they are available. You can still change your plans, f.e. when certain hosts are not available. And the chosen hosts are prepared to receive you as their guest. You can ask them for their phone number so you can phone them at the day you will be arriving.

 

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WS Member Аватар пользователя Piotras
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Exactly! The issue could not be formulated in a better way.

WS Member Аватар пользователя WS Member
yes and not

 

When I am sure to be at X on a precise date ( as arriving in aiport ) I could send message fews months before .... 

But when the weather is geting very bad suddenly we was very happy to be hosting without planning in advance ... 

I send texto rather mail ... and hopfully  some hosts says yes immediately

In australia after falling down ( bad gravel) we send a texto and the WS host call us back in 2 minutes , says OK , tell us  where was the keys as he wasn't at home anf says welcome

that is the magic effect of warmshowers ... :) 

 

thanks to them .... 

WS Member Аватар пользователя WS Member
Truth in the middle?

For us, a request weeks or months in advance would look strange, because we have no clue what might happen then. Our favorite is 1 or 2 weeks before, then most dates and arrangements are already fixed, weather forecast available, and we most likely know our own plans (yes, we have a private life of our own). If somebody is in need for a stay, just try - if we can, we will offer a stay, if we are away ourselves, so .. sorry.

For ourselves on trips, often we do not follow a clear plan, or -if doing so. something wents wrong.  So we need to be flexible and pragmatic, and most likely the same applies to other travellers. To stay for a couple of days maybe should be arranged in advanced, but for a stay just overnight, it might be requsted short-term. But here, do not rely on a host being able to see your request in time.

And, frankly spoken, we already missed requests because no information was send by WS server in time.

 

WS Member Аватар пользователя WS Member
For me: send a text the same day or the day before

I actually prefer cyclists sending a text the same day or the day before. Then I know for sure I'm home and able to host.

Before longer trips on which I hope to be able to stay with WS hosts, I often contact some of them to check whether they even respond to WS requests. Some hosts are simply never reached through the WS site because they never check it (others may already know for sure they will be travelling themselves). Then I know I need to contact others instead, to find hosts where there is at least a chance. But often neither the potential host or myself want to set a date for the actual stay since that could be a promise difficult to meet. So many things can happen during the time in between, both for the hosts and for the cyclists.

So, that's my experiences and wishes. 

There are other things that differs in hosts wishes when it comes to the hosting. I don't want to host people travelling by train or buses.but I have understood other WS hosts are fine with it.