AirPortugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3323 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
Quoting Evan767 (Thread starter): I was just wondering if there are any couch surfers out there. If so, I was wondering how you like it and how effective it is. For those who don't know: www.couchsurfing.com
I do not honestly get it....could you explain this?
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 50 Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 974 times:
I hosted two people last Mardi Gras while I was living in New Orleans and it was a good experience overall. I just recently cancelled my membership on there because of my living situation in Atlanta; however, I know a few people who are members on there, and they like it a lot. You get to meet some interesting people if anything.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 16498 posts, RR: 48 Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 918 times:
I haven't tried that site but I have tried something similar, hospitalityclub.org, and met a couple locals in Hanoi who took us out to some really cool places that we would have never found on our own. I can't recommend enough meeting locals at your destination whether through a website in advance or once you're there, but staying with strangers is not really my thing.
CaliforniaMate From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 99 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 880 times:
Haha, not keeping it a secret, I love sharing my Couchsurfing experience. I originally joined when traveling through Europe thinking that I would have a free place to stay (totally the wrong reason btw). After surfing the first place with a little hesitancy (it was kinda weird to meet some random person on the streets and crash at their place), I realized how great of an experience it was. It was a great way to meet a local (and subsequently other local couchsurfers), and see how big of a community it is. We had a great time going out to these random and hidden bars in Warsaw (which otherwise would have been a drag) and met some interesting and very friendly people.
Subsequently, coming back from my trip, I've discovered how active the local community here in San Francisco is and I've met many like minded and fun people. It's even allowed me to discover more of my city that I hadn't seen before.
Hosting people also brings lots of interesting and fun people from all over the world. Of course there are going to be those who, like the way I was when I first joined, just use you for a place to stay, but it sure doesn't deter me from those that are respectful and genuinely looking to meet locals while traveling and see the city the way only locals do (and not resort to word of mouth info in the hostels, or the guidebooks)
Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 800 times:
Quoting Graphic (Reply 10): It only takes one experience with a guy like this:
To ruin the whole thing.
CaliforniaMate, what kind of ettiquite should one follow as a couchsurfer? Is it typically relaxed or should you keep everything clean and neat? Have you had any bad experiences with couchsurfers or couchsurfing?
The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...