I’ve Signed up to Couchsurfing!

Ingo Mertens (@ingomertens) 10 years, 9 months ago

As a follow-up to the traveling discussion..

After hearing various positive things about couchsurfing, I decided to sign up. (Profile over here: http://www.couchsurfing.org/users/ingomertens, not very complete yet though.) The CS community seems very very open and warm!

Are there any HE-ers with experience in couchsurfing? Please share!

February 27, 2011 at 12:04 am
Matthew Kellogg (1) (@kellogg43) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

As we say at school, “Just do the the thing.” With couch surfing you’ll have a great experience no matter what, whether you are hosting or being hosted. It really is a very unique opportunity to meet people who are open with sharing their culture and experiencing your culture. It is an adventure and something you wont forget. This is also a nice reminded that I need to update my account.

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Ingo Mertens (2) (@ingomertens) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

Yeah, I didn’t start this discussion to get myself persuaded or anything, I’m just curious about experiences. Thanks for the comment though!

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Kayne Wong (4) (@kayne) 10 years, 7 months ago ago

I am an open host on the local band touring circuit. Except in order to keep things safe I only host people through the radio station. I’m having a sleep over party with Urban Preacher on the 19th of May! :)

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Ingo Mertens (2) (@ingomertens) 10 years, 7 months ago ago

@Alexa
Nope, haven’t tried it yet! My friend and me went to a CS meet-up though, which was really awesome. We met some cool peeps and it was a great night out. The community seems really warm. When you have a CS-account I recommend joining the group of your city/area, you’ll probably get invited to lots of awesome meetings (I have been!).

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jackie (0) (@jackieruth) 10 years, 7 months ago ago

dude. i had no idea that there was a community of people who are offering their couch. that is awesome. it seems a lot more safe then my method, which is just to meet people and hope they let me crash.

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paul_g (21) (@paulg) 10 years, 7 months ago ago

also see here

http://wikitravel.org/en/Hospitality_exchange

myself, i’d go for hospitalityclub. IMO the more left/green/alternative folks hang out there, and CS is more yuppie-ish, although other people disagree.


@alexa
Where you starting out in Scotland?

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Javier Cantu (2) (@javi) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I have tried this, and I was about to start a post about it!!

my user name is Javi_C if anyone wants to look me up on that…

Couchsurfing is a great resource! and tons of fun! I have yet to have a bad experience.
However, I have met a few (especially girls) not happy with their experiences… but truthfully, after hearing their story, and how they ended up picking someone without references i was not very surprised. However, nothing really bad happen, just akward situations.

I myself really enjoy awkward, and I got to meet, and party with a lot of cool people.
If you are afraid to do the couch thing around europe, i suggest you just get a hostel (super cheap) but still use the couch surfing site and their forums to find local meetings and events. In the big cities it is always easy to find a local couch surfer willing to show you all the great stuff only local would ever know about.

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Javier Cantu (2) (@javi) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I have tried this, and I was about to start a post about it!!

my user name is Javi_C if anyone wants to look me up on that…

Couchsurfing is a great resource! and tons of fun! I have yet to have a bad experience.
However, I have met a few (especially girls) not happy with their experiences… but truthfully, after hearing their story, and how they ended up picking someone without references i was not very surprised. However, nothing really bad happen, just akward situations.

I myself really enjoy awkward, and I got to meet, and party with a lot of cool people.
If you are afraid to do the couch thing around europe, i suggest you just get a hostel (super cheap) but still use the couch surfing site and their forums to find local meetings and events. In the big cities it is always easy to find a local couch surfer willing to show you all the great stuff only local would ever know about.

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J (0) (@mynameisjonas) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I love it. I have been a member since 2007 and I have surfed couches all around Europe and once in Brazil. I usually pick my potential hosts pretty carefully. It’s nice to be able to pick people who, judging by their profile, are trustworthy and have something in common with you. The reference system works nicely and it’s pretty easy to find really good hosts. I have only hosted a few times mostly because of my location during the last couple of years.

Anyway, I highly recommend anyone who likes to travel to join CS. I’ve gotten so much more out of traveling when surfing couches. You get to meet amazing people and kind of take a glimpse at someone’s life for a while. Now that’s cultural exchange. It’s amazing how open and trusting people are inside the community. Once I got picked up from the train station by my host in Greece, and about 2 hours later he hands me the keys to his apartment where I lived for a week. It was a good week :)

Oh, and there’s the budget aspect too. It’s easy to travel cheaply when using couchsurfing. I made a 6-day trip to Latvia a couple of years ago with 150 euros including flights and everything else. Less money spent per trip = more traveling for your money!

-J

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J (0) (@mynameisjonas) 10 years, 5 months ago ago

I love it. I have been a member since 2007 and I have surfed couches all around Europe and once in Brazil. I usually pick my potential hosts pretty carefully. It’s nice to be able to pick people who, judging by their profile, are trustworthy and have something in common with you. The reference system works nicely and it’s pretty easy to find really good hosts. I have only hosted a few times mostly because of my location during the last couple of years.

Anyway, I highly recommend anyone who likes to travel to join CS. I’ve gotten so much more out of traveling when surfing couches. You get to meet amazing people and kind of take a glimpse at someone’s life for a while. Now that’s cultural exchange. It’s amazing how open and trusting people are inside the community. Once I got picked up from the train station by my host in Greece, and about 2 hours later he hands me the keys to his apartment where I lived for a week. It was a good week :)

Oh, and there’s the budget aspect too. It’s easy to travel cheaply when using couchsurfing. I made a 6-day trip to Latvia a couple of years ago with 150 euros including flights and everything else. Less money spent per trip = more traveling for your money!

-J

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