Proposal: Create a cycle touring/ warmshowers.org inspiration documentation/project!
How: Not sure. Let's brainstorm. Perhaps a blog, monthly newsletter (where we collect great stories from our members), or video compilation of hosts with riders (something similar to Craigslist Joe documentary film)
Why: To encourage more people to explore the planet on 2 wheels and celebrate the incredible warmshowers.org community!
My Story (an example):
Hello Warmshowers.org Admin!
Thank you for all the work you do. Your website has been an incredibly influential force in my life. Here's a snapshot of what warmshowers.org has given me:
Through your Forums this summer, I discovered Ecotopia Bike Tour in Europe. It was a life-changing experience as we visited squats, helped out on organic farms and participated in demonstrations through Spain, France and Italy. I had been looking for riders to tour with through Europe, but instead became part of a family full of passionate environmental activists and bike nuts!
Shortly after bike touring in Europe, I graduated from Virginia Tech and came out to Long Beach, California for Pro Walk Pro Bike 2012, a bicycle/pedestrian planning conference. Afterwards, I did not know where I'd live in the greater Los Angeles area, so I began messaging warmshowers hosts who could adopt me for a few days at a time. Rob Brown, a host who lives aboard his 30 foot Gitana sailboat in Marina del Rey, hosted me and then gave the opportunity to live aboard the boat with him (he had been thinking about finding a roommate, and since I only had a bike and pack/pannier bags, I became the perfect minimalistic traveler candidate!)
And so, the warmshowers.org community has enabled me to start this next chapter of my life and exposed me to the greatest travelers and activists!
As such, I'd like to give back. I'd like to become an active volunteer or more. I would be delighted to step up on the leadership council if the opportunity is available, and help grow the warmshowers.org community.
Currently, I am the Communications/Outreach Coordinator at Santa Monica Bike Center, Business Development Assistant at Bikeshare.com and work at REI. I am well networked into the bicycle/pedestrian planning field and have aspirations to bridge adventure cycling with transportation cycling.
Let me know how I can help!