The Ups and Downs of Couchsurfing

Posted on October 27, 2011


Couchsurfing has become a  widespread, accepted  alternative to staying in hotels or hostels. For those travelling on a dime, it saves you a ton of money and gives you the insiders scoop on local hot spots. Some members of our company have been hosting and we’ve met some ‘interesting’ characters, and we’ve had some that we’ll stay in contact with for a long time.  Either way if you’re considering couchsurfing, check out this article on the good and the bad by our friends at Global Grasshopper.

The ups and downs of couch surfing by Pris Killingly:

“So where will you be staying while you’re traveling? Hotel? Friends?”  “Nah, I’m couch surfing.”   “I see…”

When you tell someone that you’ll staying with complete strangers during your travels, you will instantly be met with a plethora of concerned looks that let you know your friends think you’re absolutely insane. And it is indeed possible that one has to be kind of insane to couch surfing – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

For those who don’t know what couch surfing is yet, it’s an online community of vagabonds like myself who give other vagabonds a place to crash for a night or more. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just a free hotel service and many CS-ers frown upon being used solely for their couch (however, others are surprisingly cool with it). Couch surfing is completely free to use and anyone that visits the website can create a profile and begin their journey…..

Read the Full Article here.


Have you ever couchsurfed? What are your thoughts on staying with strangers when you travel? How do you explain it to your mom?!? Let us know in the comments below.

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