That’s a unique way of traveling. It’s not suited for everyone, but if you love meeting new people in every country you visit and live like a local for a few days, then this is something for you. Couchsurfing is international network that connects surfers (people that travel) with locals who often offer them place to stay or tour around the city or a simple advice what to visit, where to eat, where to shop… So, the main idea of this project is that the members share hospitality with one another.
Are you wondering how does it work?
You have to sign in to the couchsurfing webpage and fill out your profile. You can offer travelers in your city a place to stay for a day or two and then when you’re traveling you can also find a hosts in the city you’re traveling to. Members looking for accommodation can search for hosts using several parameters such as age, location, gender and activity level. You can also read references to see what other people said about surfers or hosts you’re interested in.
Are you interested in my experience in Couchsurfing?
I was a member long time ago before my first host and surfer. I was writing an article about it for my newspapers, so I registered. But, I was little afraid of hosting anyone. And the only reason I was afraid was because I didn’t know enough. Since I decided to give it a try, I just had wonderful experiences.
My first surfer was a amazing girl from Germany. We went for a coffee and I show her around the city. We had a wonderful time together and we are still in touch!
After that I hosted two girls from French. They stayed at my house for one night. I have an extra room, so they were sleeping there. I cooked them homemade meal, we talked a lot, I gave them the tour around the city – it was really great!
And first time I surfed was in Vienna. Me and my husband didn’t find a hostel for our Christmas trip to Vienna so we decided to find a host. We found a wonderful girl and we stayed with her for two days. Unfortunately, she was very busy, so we only seen her first day. But, it was really great experience. We were guests in her apartment, we had our own room and it was like we are living in Vienna. I would recommend that to everyone!
So, check out their page and see what’s that about. I hope you will like it!
What do you think about it? Would you ever try couchsurfing?