You might have already heard about Couchsurfing – a website offering access to a widespread hospitality exchange community. In other words, it’s a website you can join for free and start traveling the world, without having to worry about paying for accommodations. You simply find a willing host, ask him or her whether they’ll have you for a certain number of days and you’re set! It’s a great way for people to share experiences, get to meet other people, travel on a budget and even learn new skills!
Hospitality Exchange for Everyone Around the World
Couchsurfing has members in 100,000 cities across the world, making it a valuable resource in terms of hospitality exchange. Its implemented security features (name verification through credit card, references and personal vouching) make it easier to look for legitimate people around the world who are willing to host you. But it goes both ways – as a couch provider, you can be sure that the person you’re about to host is okay. References have the most relevancy on Couchsurfing. While most of them are positive, there are some negative ones, but they’re often discarded by the website as they’re deemed personal feuds or unfair towards the user they are directed at. Aside from that, the few negative ones that do stand out are taken very seriously – so make sure you’re on your best behavior when you’re couchsurfing, or else you might wager away that privilege.
People using the service can also opt for a wide variety of activities they undergo while traveling. Apart from the idea of hospitality exchange, the community backing up the service is also dedicated in bringing the world together, ‘one couch at a time’. The 7 million user base is, in its majority, very dedicated to the site and the idea behind the site. A wide range of groups is also available, allowing you to search for surfers or hosts on a variety of common interests.
So if you’re into travelling, don’t want to spend much and still take part in a worthwhile adventure, then Couchsurfing might be the thing for you. Definitely worth checking out!