Have you ever heard of Couchsurfing? It is a platform here you can travel and stay as guest free at someone´s house as if you were at home. It is a platform of services and inter-assistance between travelers and it´s really interesting!
“Couchsurfing is a vibrant travel community of over 14 million locals and travelers. Use Couchsurfing to find accomodations, meetup with nearby locals, learn new language…”
Couchsurfing is one of the largest communities of travelers ! The first thing to know is : this system is completely free because it is based on the philosophy of mutual assistance between travelers. The advantages between host and guest are many : connect and exchange experiences, receive a stranger at home to make friends, discover new cultures, practice a foreign language! This is a great way for travelers to discover a destination through this resourceful host and save on hosting! We explain in this article the true meaning of a Couchsurfing trip!
“My first experience was on a CouchSurfing trip to Sao Paulo (Brazil) to practice Portuguese after an intensive course. As I had no friends in the city, I was welcomed into Dennis’s house … This trip has changed the way I travel, because this host received me with more than 50 varieties of fruit in his refrigerator because he had read about my description on the Couchsurfing website that I was a lover of the “fine cuisine”. It made me understand that there are experiences that cannot be bought. To meet this kind of unique and sincere people is simply priceless … ”
It is important to note that you can also meet a friend in the country without having to stay at his or her home, in fact, the platform offers a space of forums / events that allow you to connect to other traveler or hosts so you can discover the city, do something together or simply go out to have a drink …
“Personally, when I travel, I use it a lot to meet someone for jogging or tennis and to have a drink, of course!
Everything is done through the platform Couchsurfing.com (also available as an app). In this article, I briefly explain how it works!
The first thing to do is to create an account on the site. It is important to create a profile as complete as possible: description of your personality, your passions, your tastes … when a host contacts you he will have confidence in your profile and in you, so we avoid bad surprises!
Secondly, take the time to describe the trips you have made or that you wish to make in the near future! Of course, it is also advisable to offer your house to your host, it is a fair system. Will you soon be ready to host a Couchsurfer at your house? We are confident that you will be an excellent host, won’t you?
Finally, when you meet someone, it is important to leave references in order to reinforce the credibility of some hosts. Thus, the higher the confidence level, the more reliable the profile of the host. The comments are part of the virtual meetings for both the hosts and the guests. Many people are afraid to stay at unreliable places or have a crazy host ! It is therefore important to check your host profile before you arrive! This advice is to be taken seriously for women traveling alone 😉
“Personally, when the person doesn´t have many recommendations, I start a discussion via Facebook or WhatsApp. It’s a good way to know the host before meeting him or her. Thanks to Couchsurfing, I have been able to make wonderful experiences and meet new friends all over the world!”
To learn more about the site, I invite you to visit Couchsurfing and start creating your profile.
If you have any questions, you can write me in the comments of this article and / or add me through my profile CS Enzo
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