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  • I had never come across this until today. appears to be a top idea. Anyone any experience of using it? As a host or as a guest?


  • Anyone any experience of using it? As a host or as a guest?

    At least one person ;-)


  • Signed up and forgot to use it. A couple friends used it with success apparently.

    After recommending it to someone, a few months later they excitedly tried to recommend it to me, not realising who had told them in the first place......

  • Used it 7 or 8 times as a guest in the US. Some not great experiences, some amazing experiences. Good way to see a place and how people live.

    Would definitely host if I had my own place

  • Some not great experiences

    Now I'm curious.

  • Used it in Glasgow, was fine, some guy called Dave let me sleep in his flat, fed me a massive meal and beers and put on a film. Was glad of the use of a drying rack as I'd gotten soaked that day.

    1. Staying in a really rough place where the guy told me to stay indoors with his kids as a fight was about to break out with his neighbour next door. His place was an absolute mess and he had mates staying on his sofa. I spent the whole night on edge. Despite that though, he was genuinely really nice to me - gave me pizza and a spare new panaracer pasela as i needed a new tyre, and I could tell they had very little money.
    2. A guy with chronic Lyme's disease (I wasn't convinced) - obviously nothing wrong with that but he spent the whole night offloading on me about it and was a bit weird. Again still very generous to me though so shouldn't complain.
    3. A girl who said she'd leave a key out for me in case i got there before she was back from work. I told her it would be unlikely, but ended up being quicker than I thought so I let myself in. She came in about 10 minutes later and i was sat on her sofa with a glass of water. She absolutely shit herself as she assumed I hadn't arrived. I apologised profusely and after a few mins she said it was fine, but she seemed pissed off at me and the rest of the evening was just awkward.

    Thinking back now I can recall 10 places I stayed off the top of my head. All other stays were really welcoming. People cooked for me, took me to restaurants, let me do my laundry, one had a hot tub and i stayed for 3 days, loads gave me beers, another offered to take me on a wine tour, one took me to a local hot springs they worked at. Saw some amazing houses, had some great conversations.

    I stopped using it in the end though, it was a bit of hassle as people usually wanted to know exactly what day and time you'd arrive so i felt rushed at times. Also, sounds ungrateful but i was often too knackered to make conversation all night so I felt bad. I always used to try and turn up with a bottle of wine or some beers though, or offer to take them out for food.

    Bit different in the States I think, hosts are used to loads of cyclists coming through on the ACA routes. Half of the hosts weren't even cyclists.

    tl;dr / csb

  • Currently using warmshowers loads as I bike from one side of Canada to the other. Not sure i'd be as far as I am without it. Admittedly, making conversation after a long day of riding can be a bit much, but for the most part, it provides some much needed company, good local knowledge of roads, a decent meal, and more often than not, a beer. Would highly recommend.
    In Canada anyway.

  • Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

  • I recommend it

  • I've never used it, but some friends of mine have used it all over the world and absolutely love it, including having guests at their flat quite frequently.

  • I recommend it too I use it for more than 5 years very often : )

  • How do people feel about Warmshowers in the current vibe?
    To the people on here that host/hosted, would you host in the current situation for camping + shower?
    What about spare rooms?
    Would you feel offended if someone asked to be hosted?

  • Any experiences of this?


  • A cheeky request but does anyone on here have a Warmshowers account? I'm trying to find somewhere that may be able to put us up for two/three nights around St Monans, Fife.

    I slightly begrudge the idea of paying a $30 signup fee to discover nobody uses the app in the post(mid?)-covid era. Happy to pay up if it hasn't been abandoned as a platform!

  • You can cheat by being a Warmshowers basic free hosting user and ask for stay via sending simple msg on persons profile (if you are not an around-the-world tour person)

  • That's very helpful, ta. I ended up switching plans slightly in the end and we'll just hightail it back over the water to Edinburgh a day earlier.

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