Are you a traveller? If yes, you should really know about Couchsurfing.
Couchsurfing is a social network with a concept of offering travellers a bed or couch for free throughout the world. You can use this network which is also available as an app to find a place to stay or share your home and hometown with travellers. If you are planning for a budget tip, Couchsurfing is one of the great social tools which can eliminate the biggest expense the cost of lodging that means you have money to travel more.
A Huge Community
A traveller named Casey Fenton launched this site in 2004 while he was simply looking for an inexpensive way to visit Iceland. Roughly two years later, the website became such a popular tool for budget travellers. Today Couchsurfing has a community of over 15 million travellers and 400,000 hosts. The site operates much in the way as other social websites. People add friends, build profiles, upload photos, and send messages.
Since the name is Couchsurfing it is not that you will get only couches to sleep. It is up to the host to offer what they have. Imagine if you are hosting someone for free, you can give them only what you can afford. So it depends and changes from host to host. Many hosts have spare bedrooms, sometimes you could even have your own bathroom and on some glorious occasions, you could get guest cottages.
Is it Safe?
Though staying with strangers seems exciting it is also frightening in the same way. In Couchsurfing, you can choose the type of host to stay in terms of gender and look at their profile for a better understanding of their personalities, and start asking queries to know more about them. You can see reviews left by other travellers who stayed before you. If the public reviews don’t provide enough confidence, you can even contact those travellers privately to see if they had a good experience and would stay with a particular host again. But still, once you reach there and if you feel something is wrong you can always turn down the request. It is always best to trust your intuition.
Be a Good Couchsurfer
Once you stay with your host, get to know them, spend some time with them. Share your experiences and listen to the experiences of your host. Help them if there is something you can do for them. Don’t treat their home as a free hotel. Bringing a small gift is optional, but always plan to interact a bit. After departing, leave a nice referral on the website for them if the experience was positive so that more people could be connected.