what is couchsurfing

Traveling – What is Couchsurfing

Oh yes, we are still traveling with my blog. I hope you can find some useful tips in my blogposts. Today is time to say few words about couchsurfing.

What’s that? 
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?

12 Comments Posted

  1. Hi Marina – thank you so much for saying hi on my blog 🙂 I really appreciate it!
    I have heard of couchsurfing from someone a few years back….but the idea did not appeal to me simply because of trust levels. I guess growing up and living in a big city, you become weary of opening your door to a stranger. I know it's sad to say but it's true. But stories like yours are inspiring and it's great that you've met some lovely people who you hosted a place for them to stay at – I'm sure this kind gesture was so welcomed by the tourists 🙂

  2. I've heard of couchsurfing. It would definitely not work for me mostly because I'm home with my parents for right now, but the idea is interesting. I do agree it might not be for everyone – I can totally see some finding it odd opening their home to a complete stranger. 🙂

  3. Super mi je ova serija postova o putovanju !
    Što se tiče ovog načina smještaja mislim da ipak nije za mene. Volim se družiti i upoznavati nove ljude i često se sa putovanja vratim sa novim poznanstvima od kojih su neka prerasla i u prijateljstvo, ali za ovo mi još treba hrabrosti 🙂

  4. I'd have to check it out more, but it sounds interesting (though slightly intimidating, but like you said it's more because i don't know much about it yet). I'll have to check out your link!


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