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CouchSurfing – thrifty travel to dream sites

Written By: admin on January 12, 2010 4 Comments

Travel destinations in the era of Internet social networks become much closer. Hospitality exchange networks such as www.CouchSurfing.org can make low budget travel possible by avoiding most of accommodation costs. In line with their motto “Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time” after registering, which is free, new members can provide information about sleeping accommodation offered as hosts or start looking for accommodation using several parameters such as destination, time frame, host age and gender, … You don’t have to travel abroad, you can travel to domestic destinations as well.

Home stays are entirely consensual between the host and guest. Duration, nature, and terms of the guest’s stay are generally worked out in advance to the convenience of both parties. No monetary exchange takes place except under certain circumstances (e.g. the guest may compensate the host for food). In addition to accommodation host can offer to provide guide services or travel-related advice, usually free of charge. After using the service, members can leave a noticeable reference about their host or guest.

Trustworthiness and security verification is ensured through personal references which hosts and guests could leave for each other at their option after having used the service, there is also an optional credit card verification system and vouching as a form of verified personal references. Clear and sound judgment is best safety measure.  You should thoroughly look at profiles and references, set own boundaries to accommodate your comfort level and ask questions you are concerned with. More information on CouchSurfing safety is available of their FAQ page.

Seasoned “couch surfers” say that the most important part of such travelling is not affordable accommodation per se but getting to know local people and habits ranging from local cuisine to feeling the local vibe.

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4 Responses to “CouchSurfing – thrifty travel to dream sites”

  1. nusa says on: 18 January 2010 at 1:12 pm


  2. Jacinto Elsinger says on: 8 February 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I was just chatting with my coworker about this today at lunch . Don’t know how we landed on the subject really, they brought it up. I do remember having a amazing fruit salad with ranch on it. I digress…

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