Can I crash on your Couch?Posted: June 14, 2010
We’ve all said it or told someone that they can crash on our couch. But what about allowing complete strangers to crash on your couch or stay at someones house…for free? Well if you haven’t heard of “couch surfing” then this is exactly what it is.
Couchsurfing.org is a non profit organization that connects travellers with locals all over the world. If you know me, I can be a bit paranoid so when I heard about this, I had to check out the website. I carefully read through their mission, vision and FAQ and I have to say that I’m pretty impressed. But I had to wonder, “Is couch surfing safe?” They answer this question on their FAQ page and this is what the say:
“Through CouchSurfing, it’s more like meeting a friend of a friend. You have the chance to read all about other members’ experiences with that person, whether positive or negative. You have a full profile’s worth of information about their interests and perspectives. You can see who their friends are and how they know them. And you have the ability to correspond with them as much as you want before you meet them”
So would this paranoid girl ever couch surf? Yes I think I will one of these days. It’s a great way to connect with a local and potentially meet a new friend. I love meeting new people from all parts of the globe. Plus it’s free and I’m all about the good deals!! And if you’re still not convinced, I would suggest couch surfing for a few days and then stay at a hotel.
Have you ever couch surfed or know anyone that has? Let me know, I would love to hear your story.
Check out Couchsurfing.org for more information
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