Has anyone been couch surfing? Specifically in Europe? How was it? Advice? How soon should I contact hosts before visiting? How about other sites like workaway.info or helpx.net? Any experiences with this? I plan on traveling to Europe in a few months with <$3000 and I want to do it as cheaply as possible, but still enjoy the true local cultures.
You have a lot to look forward to. I did this almost two years ago for about 4 months and it was one of the greatest learning experiences. If you haven’t already created an account, do so immediately, and be as thorough as possible with your account (interests, hobbies, etc). Be as sincere and truthful as possible and the vacuum will provide. If you know exactly where you will be traveling, I would message people well in advance, more notice the better. Just because someone has a couchsurfing account, doesn’t mean they are readily able to host you. Put as many lines in the water and hopefully one will bite. There’s a chance people won’t respond so be prepared to stay at a hostel/ sleep outside on the street. The sun usually rises the next day ;) You’ll meet some cool trusting people. While you’re in Europe, use this website to travel, best car share site around, and you’ll meet more people. Or just hitchhike
I would recommend workaway.info because A) your relationship to whatever country in more reciprocal , B)might learn a skill and C) 3K is not enough to have a lengthy trip.
Europe is really expensive and shares the same US
“culture” If you’re trying to have an extended trip,
do workaway in South America or Southeast Asia. Pack as little as possible. Sardines are your friends. Good luck and have fun!
I was on Couchsurfing for about 2 years and I’ve met incredible people, it was one of the best thing ever happen to me. But since september, Couchsurfing has gone commercial and now they have a CEO and there have been changes in the Tou (term of service), appareantly they have now right to use all our private messages and pictures and informations. There has been a lot of debates and a lot of my CS friends moved to BeWelcome.org, like old Couchsurfing they’re a non profit, and some keep both profiles, on CS and on BW. You should check what’s going on lately but the decision is yours to make. This certainly is a regretful event but CS has restored my faith in humanity. Good luck !