Couchsurfing is no longer just a way of life for bums and people experiencing hard times. It is now a choice for the more hardy and daring traveller. It is growing quickly amongst young and older travelers alike, as it offers a much more interesting experience than staying in your standard hotel or hostel.
What is Couchsurfing?
Couchsurfing is a global online community of people who eitehr offer to host someone in their house on their couch for free or people who wish to stay on someones couch for a night or two. You can either be a host or an active couchsurfer and there are even Couchsufing social events, in which people on the couchsurfing website meet up.
Why is Couchsurfing so Damn Good?
1. It allows you to stay with someone who lives in the city you are travelling around, so you get all the tips that only a local would know. Find the right host and you can feel like you have your own personal friendly guidebook.
2. You get to meet new people and make new friends. Often staying in a hostel will mean you see people come and go who are mainly not from the place you are visiting. If you really get on with your host, you may be invited to meet their friends and chill.
3. It’s FREE! Obviously common decency would suggest you bring a present of some sort upon your arrival. WIne or chocolates perhaps. Also, do not over stay your welcome. Your host has been kind enough to let you into their home and therefore their life. Stick to the agreed dates unless offered a longer stay.
4. As I found out, couchsufers seem to share some common values. ‘Treat people as you would like to be treated’ and ‘a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.’ They are a friendly open minded bunch. One girl I stayed with gave me a set of keys to her apartment on my first night, so I could come and go as I pleased. Trust is a beautiful thing is this day and age.
Check out the Couchsurfing website – https://www.couchsurfing.org/
I interviewed the people I stayed with. Here are the videos;