CouchSurfing is generally a way to find somewhere to sleep for free when you are travelling. CouchSurfing members share hospitality with one another. These exchanges are a uniquely rich form of cultural interaction. Hosts have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world without leaving home. “Surfers,” or travelers, are able to participate in the local life of the places they visit. CouchSurfing also gives more people the chance to become travelers, because “surfing” lowers the financial cost of exploration.
The CouchSurfing community continues to expand its horizons. Members are always finding more ways to connect and learn about each other. Every day, people across the world share coffee, camping trips, meetings, language exchanges, discussions and all sorts of other experiences.
How does CouchSurfing work?
CouchSurfing has a literal meaning, it is kind of like looking for a couch (a place to live) when surfing the web. To do that you need to register to one of the CouchSurfing websites. The most popular one is obviously CouchSurfing.org. It is like a Facebook of CouchSurfing where people offer their homes for visitors from all around the world. Afterwards travellers leave feedback and a score to their host, and this help to distinguish between great and bad hosts, and makes the whole experience safer and more pleasant.
Tips for CouchSurfing
If you have decided to surf for the couch in the city you have no clue about I would suggest to follow these basic steps:
- Find a couch in a central location. It will be easier and cheaper to get around, and safer overall.
- Get to know your host. You can ask them to chat with you on Skype or at least exchange a few emails. Obviously a person may seem whatever over the wire but still you might generally notice what you don’t like.
- Find out about the place you are going to be stay in. Is it a separate room? Do they have any pets? What job does your host do and what are her/his habits or daily routine?
Don’t forget they are hosting you for free and if they don’t like you, they might just ask you to leave, and this would certainly not be the best part of your trip.
So act nice, bring some kind of a souvenir to your host from your home country and you will have an experience of your life with CouchSurfing!