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Age restriction I saw for guests

I saw on someone's profile that they would not accept any guests over the age of 30. There was no explanation given. Nor was the age of the member given. I found this age discrimination to be somewhat offensive. If someone with such a restriction on their profile asked me to host them, I would refuse and tell them why.

I realize that hosts can decline requests for any reason, but there are some reasons I don't consider valid, and age is one of them.

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Hmmm........that does sound

Hmmm........that does sound odd but maybe the person is younger and lives with other young people. If you share a living space, it is generally easier to host someone of a similar age group. Not making excuses. Just suggesting a possible explanation.

Personally, I find a huge difference in hosting younger and older people. I would never exclude someone based on their age but it is a very different energy. It seems that cyclists are either 20-30 or 50 and up. I've had almost no one between 30 and 50.

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I agree

The years between 30 and 50 seem to be "nesting years".

I think if I was over 30 and in desperate need to find a place to stay, I would probably still contact these hosts.

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Age restriction in profile.

Guess that leaves this 72+ age tourer out of luck! Thankfully not the norm.

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Hey Joe, You rock!

Hey Joe, You rock!

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Age restriction in profile.

Thanks. Appreciated.

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You'd be welcome to stay with

Joe, You'd be welcome to stay with us any time :-)

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Age restriction in profile.

Thanks folks.

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It's a bit unusual for sure.

It's a bit unusual for sure. But on the other hand we refuse to host smokers, as do others. So each one of us has our own comfort level and restrictions for our private space. I'd rather have someone be up front about their restrictions. I agree with Neal Teplitz about not wanting to host someone who wouldn't want to host me because of my age.

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wow

My age mid 50s my guests age as young as 19 as old as 71. All would be welcome to pedal up again So i find a request to be younger than 30 to stay some place as odd.
That being said, when I use other hospitality exchange sites, I use the age and sex filters when looking for potential host. It is not that I would not stay with a 19 yr old kid, but think I would have more comfortable in the home of a guy who is in late 20s or older then a 19 yr old single female.
The common theme with hosting questions is " your house your rules" and Neal Teplitz states he restricts smokers. But smoking is a choice, age is not. I hate to say it but in this day and age of lawsuit happy society, I see someone 'discriminating ' on the basis of age a potential for a lawyer getting involved.
That is my 2 cents worth.

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Kevin,

Kevin,

Just to clear something up. Neal didn't mention anything about restricting smokers. I'm the one who doesn't want smokers in my home.

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Age restrictions

I am interested in hearing the pros and cons to restricting ages of guests. We have hosted people of various ages and enjoyed most of them., as well as retired folks. Two of our memorable guests were two young Asian cyclists from So. Cal. They were gracious and friendly and even took time to send us a thank you card when they got home. My big beef is with folks who register to be guests only hours before beginning a long tour and have no desire to host when their tour ends. Please reciprocate! Also, if you are vegetarians. Please make that clear up front. We are not and are offended when we work to provide you with a nice meal and you turn your noses up to what we have prepared. As hosts, we have the right to restrict guests who would not be a good fit with us or what we offer.

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Several age restricting hosts

I have seen 2 profiles that restrict to under 30. Did ask one of them why they did not want anyo e older than that. Said they have two very young kids at home and they get into the grandparent concept everytime someone older is at their house. It is just a phase with the kids so... Did also say once they know someone they are not as hesitant to host them, as in have met them before. I beieive it is jusy beong young and u certain of the world.

From reading the other profile, it was a college student. Got the impression that host was quite interested in partying, and as we all know as we get older the younger croud doesn't want to hang out with us. This also could be why they have been on here for a while with no requests. Just my two cents worth.

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The importance of the strong profile

Cannot stress this enough, it is so important to have an accurate and strong profile, including a profile picture!

If somebody cannot properly take the time to introduce themselves via the warm showers site, why should I take the time to host them? This is regardless of age. My profile is very complete. I also state that I will not host anybody who apparently has no desire to ever host in the future.

Always leave feedback!

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@Ken Great Point.

@Ken

Great Point.

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Age restrictions suck!

Age restrictions suck!

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I had a couple of 18 year old

I had a couple of 18 year old guys staying from Korea recently. What a nightmare! They broke the sink (and left without saying), left food all over the room (and we have dogs who shouldn't eat biscuits), were very very messy and didn't use the shower curtain so wet the whole bathroom. I think I will be a bit more thoughtful when I invite young people to stay in my place, as my flatmates got really annoyed and perhaps just lay down a few (what I think are obvious) ground rules....

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staying from Korea recently. What a nightmare!

Hi Helen,

Feel very sorry about that and VERY SURPRISED .
Guys, please do not generalize, I have hosted a few Korean bikers ( students) and the experience was excellent .
Most of korea's are very well educated and respectful.

My only "bad" experience was with a young korean lady, she said she bikes... but actually she just take the train between citites with a folding bike, if she had said this before, I would not have minded ... so I kindly asked her to stay just for one night ... she saw I was very upset and she left immediately .

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Many Asian countries treat

Many Asian countries treat the bathroom as wet room, so the shower thing no surprise.

The rest is pretty bad.

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Yeah, that kind of behavior

Yeah, that kind of behavior sucks. The important thing "going forward" however is whether you gave them a feedback/comment describing the situation. That way at least they "get it" and it becomes part of their "education," and other potential hosts would be warned, not necessarily on the basis of their age (though some readers would make that association, even linking it to their nationality) but on their behavior. Some of those things, though, could perfectly well be done by older people, I think. Probably it was more the fact that they were together. Alone each would have acted perhaps more responsible. That's my guess.

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Age issues

We are 70 somethings and are very happy to host younger members for two reasons. One, it's interesting to get the younger generation take on things. Two, it's a way of helping out a generation that in the UK at least, just doesn't have all the benefits we had. But we don't feel comfortable imposing on young people and for this reason we generally stay B&B rather than cause embarrassment with a WS stay. So it's essential for hosts to give their age. And if you welcome oldies please say so.

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That seems a little backwards

That seems a little backwards to me. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the vast majority of WS members don't have a problem with the age, gender, sexual orientation or skin colour of their potential guests or hosts so it seems somewhat superfluous for them to advertise this in their profiles, we should (and I believe we mostly do) expect this to be the default setting. For those who wish to limit their interactions based on any of the previously mentioned characteristics or any others, the onus should be on them articulate such restrictions in their profiles for others to take or leave (and perhaps speculate as to why) as they please.

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I would never expect that a

I would never expect that a guest or host would discriminate based on age. Generally speaking, the profile photo should at least provide a clue as to a person's age. I can imagine that it might be awkward to stay with extremely young hosts if you thought they might not realize that you are older. Unless someone states otherwise, and that is likely just a reflection of their living situation, you should always feel welcome to approach any host with a request to stay. There should be no embarrassment involved. You are out there cycling - that's the criteria to be hosted - your age is your age, that's it.

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Age restrictions

Cycling Sandi twenty three thousand kilometres/sixty five years young here. I've learnt to play the game and be what ever age my host is. Never had a refusal based on age. One of my hosts was disappointed my beard wasn't as long as in my profile picture but we still enjoyed some beers together. I have met male hosts using WS to prey on women and female hosts and travellers who seem to be looking for more than just a dinner guest and hot shower. My best Plan B host option is always my single person tent, pitched where I won't be disturbed. Disable toilets, bus shelters, barns, sports pavilions, under bridges, train stations and picnic shelters are always good on a wet night. Cycle safe everybody, Sandi.

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stupid idiots ?

... I love hosting senior guest ( ... well I am 60 ...)
I love listen to their experience, it is a win-win game
I learnt a lot about the countries they visited but also about materials, ... (bike, textile, camping, ... )

I just met a 63 something retired frenchguy , ex officer in the french military, he toured the whole europe, asia, the americas, ... just amazing, biking in winter under snow ... amazing