Crash on a couch

Posted on July 30th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet in Couchsurfing

Looking for a way to meet folks abroad? One option for adventurous types: couch surfing. It is, as the Christian Science Monitor put it recently, “the universe of social networking itself, simply pushed into the real world.”

In a nutshell, travellers hit the CouchSurfing website and make connections with people willing to offer people a free place to stay for a night or two, along with a glimpse into local culture. It’s not a technique for the faint of heart, as there’s no way to guarantee that your host–or your guest–isn’t someone you’d rather not share a roof with (the CSM article includes several horror stories). But the CouchSurfing Project claims that complaints are few, perhaps because many (though certainly not all) members are 20-somethings with an easygoing outlook on life.

For safety tips for travellers using services like CouchSurfing, see my article on hospitality clubs on my travelling-like-a-local website, LaVidaLocal.com.

One Comment on “Crash on a couch”

  1. Tess

    I’d heard of this – cool idea! Especially for a non-traveller like me *g*.

    Are you headed anywhere interesting on your vacation? Or is it a staycation?

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