May 13, 2024

Warm Welcomes: Building Community Through Hosting

Ken Francis and fellow Warmshowers hosts from Southern California share their enriching experiences of community building, reciprocity, connection, and the joy of hosting touring cyclists.

Embrace the ripple effect of hospitality with the Warmshowers Southern California hosting group!

This special group has logged well over 600 guests between them. But for them, it’s not about the numbers; it’s about the profound impact the simple act of hosting has had on them. From offering shelter to providing a warm meal, each gesture of hospitality enriches their lives and strengthens their bond with the world.

Every open door invites a new story and showcases the beauty of human connection and joy. This special episode of Bike Life celebrates the generous spirit within the cycle touring community and highlights the unexpected joys and enduring bonds forged through the simple act of extending a warm welcome.

Warmshowers extends deep gratitude to all hosts worldwide and invites you to connect with this Southern California group through their profiles:

Community Building: Reach Out and Network

Warmshowers is more than just a platform for hospitality exchange; it's a thriving community built on communication and networking. Regional groups have organized bike rides, dinner events, and overnight tours, fostering friendships that span the globe. These groups not only recruit new hosts but also advocate for cyclist-friendly policies like camping in parks. They also facilitate a referral network, where hosts can share information about guests, ensuring positive experiences for all involved.

Building a stronger community starts with reaching out to fellow hosts in your area. Utilize Warmshowers' search feature to find nearby hosts and send a welcoming letter to introduce yourself. Organizing events is another creative way to connect with others and foster camaraderie within the community.

Join the Southern California Area Warmshowers Host Facebook group and discover more about them by watching one of their backyard barbeque videos.

Join our community at, follow us on Instagram @Warmshowers_org, and visit us on Facebook. Contact Tahverlee directly at

Theme Music by Les Konley | Produced by Les Konley

Happy riding and hosting!