Why Host? Why Be a Guest?

Sure, being a guest while bike-touring saves money. Sure, being a host makes us feel we’re paying back the Warmshowers community. But it’s more than that. Although I could probably afford to stay in four-star hotels, Warmshowers gives me a much closer opportunity to meet and learn from bicyclists in all the places around the …

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Cycle Touring Books

Great reads authored by the Warmshowers Community!   Pedalling the Planet, Linda Beilig Over the course of two years, Linda Beilig and Tim Walton cycled over 40,000 kilometers around the world, passing through more than thirty countries on their way. By choosing bicycles as their means of transport, their pace of travel was slow, which …

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Route Planning: How to Choose a Route That’s Best for You

So you’re going on a bike tour! Whether you’re setting out on a 1-2 night bike overnight or planning a months-long epic tour, the first step is to figure out your route. Here are a few considerations to help you out.    Budget/Time constraints  Depending on where you are starting your ride and how much …

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Holiday Gift Guide: Best Bike Boxes For Your Favorite Travelers

Contributor: BikeFlights Looking for a holiday gift for the traveling cyclists in your life? BikeFlights has you covered with their easy-to-pack Bike Shipping Boxes. Available in four sizes to fit most bikes, they’re great for shipping bikes and bike touring gear to and from your favorite adventurer’s next bike tour.  BikeFlights Bike Boxes come packed …

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A Free Spirit

Contributor: Andres Garcia I am from Colombia and have been traveling by bicycle for five years. My trip began in Argentina, where I studied musical composition. I decided to travel by bicycle without thinking about it; it was a decision that I had made at the moment, as I said, without thinking about it. I …

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Old Dog Learns New Tricks

Contributor: Melissa Rosaaen “Do you think we should pay attention to that sign?” Rick says just a little sarcastically as he pedals up next to me.  “What sign?”, I gasp, as I down-shift.  He laughs. “Oh, you know.  The huge one back there that reads, ‘Trail Closed’”. We had been training for our big ride …

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Warmshowers Visitors

Contributor: Doris Tuck Three years ago, in June 2019, we hosted our first Warmshowers rider, Alistair, a doctor from London who was riding across the country.  He rode down the coast from the city, which was probably a really great ride until he had to turn east and over the Santa Cruz mountains into the …

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Blueberry Pie

Contributor: Anne Breedlove East or west? Did my husband Jim and I dare try to make it all the way to Perth? It was early May, the time of year the prevailing winds on the Australian Nullarbor Plain shifted. Should we go for it or not? We had eight weeks until our flight home from …

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