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Newbie Question (new guest)

I have been considering a very extended US tour (not new to biking but new to touring). I just found this site and the provided services are amazing! A HUGE thank you to all of you hosts out there.

It seems to me that if you are a guest some kind of gift or something is the right thing to do. OTOH, that may not be practical from a biker perspective. What is the norm out there (if there is one)?

dave

ps. I have read the 'guest responsibilities' list in the FAQ. I was just curious as to what really happens out there.

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Dave: I'm sure you will receive various responses to your question and the answer varies from host to host. As the FAQ states, read the profile, communicate and offer. I've hosted cyclists since the late '70's. Since 2009 I've had a large increase in guests, about 40. I've never received a gift. I just tell the guests to bring an appetite and tell my wife how nice the house looks or something like that:) I really do not want anything.Besides I live in Utah where most of the population doesn't drink alcohol or coffee, two common gifts. My wife is Mormon, I am not so that really confused a few guests. At least 1/3 of the travelers since 2009 have been on the road or will be on the road for about a year or more. Six had been traveling for 6 or more years. As a bike tourist I have a sense of what they need and providing me a gift is not one of them. I try to treat my guests like family. I hope that helps, but that is just one response among a Warmshowers membership of thousands. Have a good tour, you won't regret it.

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Thank you - that is very

Thank you - that is very helpful.

dave

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I Echo what Julie & Louis

I Echo what Julie & Louis say...

I have had same experience. A couple of those we stayed with asked my (Thai) wife to cook something "Thai"... But, even that is rare. We try to be as helpful and accommodating as we possibly can... Regards Mal

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Hi Dave, Julie and Louis

Hi Dave, Julie and Louis MELINI are right, hosts are varies... Some want a good traveling stories to share, some want a postcards, so on and so forth.... I have hosts requested some of my Thai cuisine as they loved thai food, I often requested for two days, so I can get to know my host and vs! Most of my hosts are now good friends and/or family. I enjoy reciprocal and pay it forward hospitality and make the world a better place. Keep on pedaling and Happy trails. Thailand awaits you!

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the gifts from guests I received

I do not expect anything in return from my guests, but I received a lot of lovely tiny things: Traditional bookmarks from Korea, dried flowers from New Zealand, postcards from places further down the tour.

The greatest gift for me are the stories told over a beer (or tea) from all the different places my guests have been coming from or cycling through.

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gifts

as an experienced host, I can honestly say that I do not expect any gift from any guest.
Space and wt capacity on bikes is limited. I have gotten a couple of token gifts, one being a embroidered silk hankerchef from China. the guy had actually brought a stash to hand out while he and is GF pedaled around the world.
The big thing that I do expect from my guest is to pose for a pic which will end up in my guest book which I expect them to leave a note in and sign. If you have a blog about your travels sharing the link on that is good too. I enjoy following the travels of those who I have had the privilege in hosting while they pedal.
The only other thing I ask is that they leave feedback on my profile. I will leave feedback on theirs. The whole concept of Warmshowers. falls apart without feedback
So nothing that cost money just a few minutes of time and some ink from a pen and some disturbed electrons on a website.
thanks

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gifts

A comment in our guest book, good stories, thats enough!
But some people brought us wine, food for dinner, socks with Korean flag (funny), postcards from their country! As long it comes from the heart and its personal and you are not committed to it's fine.

We often brought a bottle of wine when it was possible and most time we drunk the bottle together with our hosts and had really nice evenings.. Of course sometimes its a little bit risky, when people don't drink alcohol. But it's always possible to check out your host first. Chocolate was also a popular gift!

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Gift for host

A gift for the host is not necessary, just bring an appetite and stories...

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your gift is treating someone

your gift is treating someone else with the same hospitality you have received. that's the beauty of these networks.

of course a cooked meal by a visitor is always welcomed :)

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