Couch Surfing: A Great Way to Travel!
Have you ever thought of travelling around the world? Did you ever want to visit Europe, Asia or Latin America? What could be more exciting than watching a beautiful sunset from a Greek island, visiting colorful bazaars in Turkey or exploring the ancient cities of Mexico?
Travelling is a great way to expand your horizons, enrich your experiences and have a great time. One of the most interesting parts of travelling is getting to know the locals. That is why more and more people choose alternative ways to travel in order to discover more about the place they are visiting.
One of the alternative ways to travel is Couch Surfing. Couch Surfing is a site where hosts from various countries create profiles and offer their hospitality to travelers passing by for free. Sounds cool, right? Let’s see what this wonderful idea is all about!
My personal experience
During my travels to Australia, East Europe and the Balkans, I used Couch Surfing several times. I was either hosted by locals who kindly opened their house to me, or I attended Couch Surfing meetings at the cities I visited. I met amazing people with one common passion: travelling.
In the case of my hosts I was really amazed by the generosity and sincerity of people and their eagerness to share their food, culture and time with me. In the case of CS meetings, it was a great way for me to socialize, relax, have a drink and exchange traveling tips with other travelers.
One of my best memories comes from visiting the city of Newcastle in Australia. I started my journey from Sydney and headed north. Newcastle was the first stop of my trip. My hosts, Matthew and his brother Oliver, were extremely generous and polite. They welcomed me to their house, provided me with a comfortable bed to sleep on and shared their food.
On the first night of my arrival they organized a beach party where we did juggling games and other funny stuff. Some were brave enough to dive into the sea as well. As I heard later, swimming in the ocean especially at night can be quite dangerous because in Australia sharks and jelly fish lurk every where. I, of course, stayed on the shore.
The following day my hosts drove me to the local botanical garden. There we walked among the unique Australian nature and saw lots of koalas. The following night it was Matthew’s birthday. They threw a great party where I met their friends and we all barbecued at their garden. It was lots of fun! Never again did I have such wonderful and welcoming hosts in the future. It was an experience to remember.
How can you join?
Want to have some great CS experiences yourself? Here is how you can join:
- The first step is creating your own profile at the Couch Surfing site. Make sure to add enough information about yourself, your interests, your hobbies, the languages you speak and the countries you would like to visit. Your profile is your passport to the Couch Surfing world.
- Next thing is attending some local events in your home town. Most major cities have weekly meetings at a local cafe where travelers and local couchsurfers meet. This can be a way to get a feeling of what Couch Surfing is all about before you actually start travelling.
Ready for your first journey? Before taking off, browse the profiles of hosts in the city you want to visit. Try to find people that have similar interests and hobbies to you. Important: each profile has a list of references left from previous couch surfers. Read the references carefully before you decide to send a couch request.
If you don’t have the time to travel, you can become a host and make your couch available to travelers passing by. If you cannot host them at the moment, you can just hang out with them. Set your couch status at “I can’t host but I can hang out” and get ready to meet plenty of new and interesting people.
Couch Surfing is an excellent way to travel! It can give you the opportunity to learn so much about yourself while at the same time, it is so much fun. Haven’t packed your backpack yet? Don’t lose any more time! So many adventures are waiting for you!
What about you? What is your favorite way of travelling? Have you ever tried Couch Surfing? Please share in the comments below.