Request to Meet a Local Host
On Chumaround bookings are NOT made instantly, and locals are NOT required to host every person that requests to meet and chum around. Bookings can only be made after a potential guest contacts a host to schedule an appointment. If the host agrees to the date, time, and duration of the meeting then the guest will be authorized to make a booking.
Local hosts are not tour guides and they do not have a fixed schedule of hours from which you can book an appointment. They are simply local people that are delighted to hang out with you and show you around in their free time. These local people have normal jobs and everyday responsibilities, so it’s important to understand that they simply aren’t always available.
To make hosting easy for all members, we do not require updating an exact schedule, however hosts can volunteer to add their general availability to their booking page. If you find a host that has added their general availability, it will give you a better idea of the days/times they might be available to show you around, but again, you always needs to contact a host to schedule an appointment before making a booking.
The meetings between hosts and guest are not compulsory. The host will talk to a guest to discuss mutual interests. He/she may also review the potential guests profile page to learn more about the guest and get a better idea of the things they might do and see together.
If a guest profile page indicates an interest in parties and nightlife, but the hosts enjoys nature and wildlife, then obviously the host might simply decide that he/she would not be able to provide the best chum around experience for the guest, and therefore they can decide not accept the booking request. However, if both the host and guest find that they share a mutual interest in outdoor activities, they will be much more apt to enjoy hanging out together. This is why it’s extremely important that all Chumaround members have a complete and updated profile page.
It’s ultimately the hosts final decision on who they will meet and the date/time/duration of that meeting.
So how do you book a host?
Before a booking can be made, a visitor will contact a host and discuss the details of a possible chum around. They will discuss their common interests; the things the visitor might be interested in seeing and doing; the dates and times of the proposed meeting; and the number of hours they will meet. Only after this discussion takes place and the host and guest agree to meet, will the visitor be invited to make an official booking. To read step by step instructions on how to book a host, visit the How to Book a Host page.