Couchsurfing 101

11 Apr

I thought this would be a good time to write about a little thing called couchsurfing. After talking with so many people about this big eurotrip, I’ve realized that most people don’t understand it, think it’s crazy or both! Rather than having more people freak out when I tell them that three girls are going to be sleeping in a stranger’s home, I thought I would just write a blog about it and let them figure it out.

To make our eurotrip more budget-friendly and exciting, we decided to spend most nights couchsurfing. The website sums it up nicely: “CouchSurfing is an international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world.” Basically, we log onto this community website and search for people to stay with in various cities across the world. Each traveler and host must create a profile with information about their interests, occupation, age, location, bio, ‘couch’ information, photos, etc. There is a reference and verification system, ensuring that people are who they say  and that you have the best CS experience possible.

It’s up to you to seek out hosts and decide who you will mesh the best with – whether it’s someone who likes the same films and music, enjoys clubbing or cooking  dinners, or even someone who’s traveled to places you would love to hear about and maybe visit yourself one day. Every host is different. Some may want to show you around during the day or maybe just meet up after work for dinner and drinks. It’s completely non-profit, but buying someone a drink or cooking dinner together is much appreciated.

So far, we’ve found our first potential hosts in Frankfurt, Germany – a couple. This will be our first CS experience and we are a bit nervous, but I know a few people who’ve couchsurfed before and they loved it. So before you call me crazy, check out the website for yourself and investigate: www.couchsurfing.org

By the way, there are more posts to come because planning is now kicked into high gear. THREE MORE WEEKS!

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One Response to “Couchsurfing 101”

  1. Jess April 11, 2010 at 10:07 PM #

    It will def be an experience, but I am excited and nervous to test it out… I think we are going to meet a lot of interesting awesome people!!

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