Archive for the ‘Couchsurfing’ Category

Couchsurfing, Malta-style

Posted on February 17th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

The couchsurfing craze continues to spread, as this recent article from the Times of Malta shows: Want to become a couch-surfer? The Maltese traveller profiled in the piece fits the usual couchsurfing stereotype–20-something, single and footloose–but he claims even families are jumping on the bandwagon.

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Peer-to-peer camping

Posted on January 12th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Is couchsurfing is too cushy for you, with all that central heating and indoor plumbing? Then check out, a Swedish-based site that matches DIY travellers with the owners of backyards and garage entrances where wanderers can pitch their own tents. You still meet locals–you just don’t have to sleep under their roof. For more, […]

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Couch surfing, cruise ships and safety

Posted on December 6th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Couch surfing is getting a lot of attention these days–even here on this blog. The latest entry is a short report about the phenomenon by the CBS affiliate in Dallas. KOLN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska, also posted a news report on couch surfing, which included an interview with local police chief Tom Casady. Casady pointed out that […]

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Roomorama expands

Posted on October 15th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet, the new peer-to-peer vacation rental and room sharing service, has expanded beyond New York City to Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Listings in my old hometown of Toronto are a bit meagre at the moment, with just 24 properties. As always with any rental or home-sharing site, it pays to ask lots of questions of the […]

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New website for NYC vacation rentals

Posted on September 4th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Looking for a studio in Midtown or a temporary pied-a-terre in the West Village? Try, a new peer-to-peer service that helps travellers find short-term apartment rentals and spare rooms in New York City. Properties include a Williamsburg house owned by an actor who appeared in “The Departed,” complete with its own Zen garden, for […]

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Crash on a couch

Posted on July 30th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

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 […]

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