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As a guest…..

Just throwing this out there for what it is worth.

As a guest what do you think hosts could do to make your stay more enjoyable? It can be anything big or small, that would make your journey even better.

If possible, maybe give examples of past good or bad experiences without giving names, as a learning tool for those new to the site.

I am always looking for ways to make someone's adventure a more memorable one.

Thanks

Kevin aka noodengr

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Only hosted, but I'm

Only hosted, but I'm considering trying to get hosted this summer when I'm on a two week trip.
But things I do, that I would appreciate:

- A cold drink on arrival, does not have to be fancy, cold water is awesome!
- To be offered a shower and maybe even a proper towel, my travel towel works, but it ain't nice...
- Secure storage for bike and gear.

What I do when we host:

- Offer to meet them up somewhere, and join them on the ride home.
- Bike storage indoor, either in the apartment or on the balcony.
- Shower and laundry available on arrival.
- Food and drink, we usually have lunch or dinner when guests arrive.
- On weekends or if I have vacation myself there is always a big breakfast in the morning, complete with bedside wake up from our girls (they love guests, guests are warned in advance and have the option to opt out for to early wake-up and breakfast :P
- Guided tour in the area, including the nature reserve, the castles of Stockholm or just a trip down town.

On top of this we usually get some beers or ciders cooling, play board games with guests, chat and what not, guest WIFI and things available to ofc.

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hosts to make your stay more enjoyable?

I always try to ride out to meet guests along the Sustrans marked routes that are nearby. We always have a hot meal like pasta when they are ready for dinner; , as we have to eat anyway, another 1 or 2 portions is no problem

I always have a botthe of red available if they want, which I do for any of our guests anyway

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Make it clear if you are

Make it clear if you are planning to feed your guest.
As a guest one feels presumptuous asking if you are providing dinner; but one doesn't want to show up with an empty stomach and not get fed, or on the other hand, show up after eating a couple of Big Macs and have a full dinner waiting for him.

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Recomendations for Hosts

I have hosted and also been a guest. The BIGGEST suggestion that I have for hosts is to realize that your guest is probably tired and needs some space. When I am a guest, it can be hard to be entertaining when I first roll in, because it is a bit of work to meet new people at the end of a ride. So if you are looking for advice, give people some time. I show my guests the facilities, offer them a drink and then give them a couple hours to themselves to rest and clean up. Generally, I will tell them when I am having dinner and invite them to join me, otherwise they get to fend for themselves. Then in the evening they can join me for a drink, or in the morning, we share breakfast and chat when everyone is rested. Since I get up early, the travelers still get on the road at a decent time and we have all had fun.

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I completely agree. I’m

I completely agree. I’m usually exhausted after a day of cycling and need to take care of some issues (hygiene, internet connectivity, just a few minutes of complete rest) before I can feel comfortable socializing. Since I know what it feels like myself, I always try to give my guests the same space.

But if a host doesn’t want to give guests space, they should at least indicate that on their profile. There’s one WS host, for example, who states very clearly on his profile, that talking with him all evening long is the price of staying at his home. People then know to avoid that host if they feel that they would be too tired to tell stories.

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Actually one thing that puts

Actually one thing that puts me off staying with people is that I like my space.

A hotel room gives me everything I need when I first arrive, ***but*** once I've cooled off, catch up on emails, and had a nap (sometimes).. I want to talk to people and have a chat... sometimes a long chat.

I think that's good point, when people arrive host needed to assess their needs and give them that, of course some guests are very flexible, unlike stubborn old me.

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I am usually completely exhausted...

Hosting, in my opinion, is a mutual joy for guests and hosts.

At my house a guest always has a ( double) bed with mattress, own bedbroom, showers + towels, dinner, (non) alcoholic beverages, breakfast, bike support, wifi, etc.

As a host I like to cook, present unusual local snacks and sip the famous Dutch "oude-jenever".
The dinner courses, spread out over the evening, are suitable for exchanging our cycle stories.
Potential guests can read this at our profile.

As rather experienced cyclists of 64 and 70 years old we make a daily choice during our travels how to spend the night: wild camping, campground, next to a farmhouse, a hostel, B&B, WS-member, etc...
We are creative, low demanding and we will survive!

My WSL-address is one of these free choices, but, as Christopher Culver points out, "talking with him all evening is the price of staying at his home."
Apparently my previous guests, who gave feedbacks at my profile, survived my " price of telling stories" and the response rate shows how many more people contacted me to undergo this in 2016.

Glad to experience that our wide WSL-world provides endless choices to connect guests and hosts for their daily needs, different lifestyles, limitations, peculiar demands, religions, unknown eating habits, varied personalities and quirky opinions.

Christopher C. is correct: avoid me if you are too tired to tell stories.

For cyclists who can't enjoy my way of hosting: here is a lot of space to camp wild!
Put up your tent, come back later after dark, have some Dutch jenever, eat my left overs and have a shower.
Without stories...

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From WS to a hotel

The last hosting experiences I had have not been rewarding at all. I begin to feel uncomfortable as my rented flat seems to be turning into a hotel where guests just enjoy Wifi as soon as they cross the door, lie down on the sofa, and wait for lunch/dinner to be cooked and served.

I have received tons of hospitality while cycling around the world, and now I feel in need to give it back to fellow travelers. But at what cost? And I don't mean it in monetary terms. I expect from a guest an exchange of experiences on the road, conversations about our respective countries, and so on. If guests are not looking forward to it, they can sure stay at any random cheap hotel nearby. From now on I will think it twice when accepting any request.

I have the impression that WS is somehow becoming CS.

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some hints

i took the liberty of looking at your profile. Overall it is fairly thin on details. Maybe you could add some nicely worded lines about what
you expect of your guests. Something like " I look forward to trading stories about our love of biking and the adventures you have had while work at preparing the evening meal" Ponder some wording that lets the guest know that part of the reason you are hosting is to interact with them. I can honestly say in my near 100 guests over the 6 years of hosting, that none have just dined and slept, but has brightened my evening spent with them.

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If you don't want guests to

If you don't want guests to seem to just be waiting for meals, then mention in your profile that meals are not guaranteed and that you expect guests who can see to their own food. If you don't provide any information about what you provide, then things might be just as awkward for the guest, as they sit there wondering if food is on the way, or if it would be a faux pas for them to start making their own dinner.

As for lying down and using the wi-fi, I don't see a problem with that: the difference between WarmShowers and other hospitality exchange networks like CS is that this is a community for cyclists, and a day of touring can leave you bloody knackered and overstimulated. Sometimes with my own guests I’ve been really keen on chatting with them or taking them out to the city centre, but I force myself to remember that they've had a long, hard day and I should leave them alone for at least a couple of hours so that they can recharge their batteries. And in an era when friends and family expect to hear from you regularly, it's understandable that they need to use the internet and get those "I'm alive" messages or blog posts out of the way before they can do something with the evening.

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