Maybe the community here can help me figure out how to host with a happy heart- I am feel conflicted currently.
My wife and I own our home and partitioned part of the basement to rent out. During the school year we rent to students, during the summer, we list it on Airbnb, and have had a few Warmshowers folks stay in there. I'm currently unemployed for longer than I expected to be, so the Airbnb income is nice to have when people book it. Last week we had a guest who'd arrived and settled in when I got a very late notice booking from Airbnb and had to choose between resettling the WS guest or cancelling the Airbnb booking. (I didn't think to mark the date off on our Airbnb calendar since we'd never gotten such a late booking before- 8pm same day)
We're apparently on a hot route in 2019- we've had our space in use four nights in the last two weeks, compared to just two messages (both no-shows) last summer. We have a fellow coming later this week, and just got a message from another gal looking to come tomorrow night. I'm just feeling a bit bitter about doing for Warmshowers essentially the same thing I do for our Airbnb guests, but for free. If we were in a better financial situation I'd be happy to freely host as much as our schedule allows, but while we're also dipping into our savings to pay the bills, it's different.
I know I could always say no to any request, but I feel bad since we're the only hosts on the map in a pretty remote area, and camping in the desert isn't terribly comfortable. Part of me wants to suggest they book our Airbnb at a discount, but that feels like a bait-n-switch, and is probably against the rules. I've also thought about asking guest to camp in our yard and allow them to use the bathroom in the Airbnb if not occupied, with the request to leave it as clean as they found it. That seems like the logical solution to me, but I suppose I just feel bad not inviting a WS guest to use the space when I could- I'm conflicted.
What do you think?