How about trying couchsurfing on your next trip?
Couchsurfing International Inc. is a hospitality exchange and social networking website. It provides a platform for members who want to stay as a guest at a host’s home, host travelers, or join an event.
The service is free of charge. But it is important to keep in mind that it’s an exchange experience, not just a free stay.
It’s a great opportunity to make friends and have a local’s perspective about the places you are visiting. Couchsurfing is mostly about getting to know other people’s lifestyle and culture.
Since you’re staying with a complete stranger, safety is a concern. So, here are some tips:
- Prefer hosts with verified accounts;
- Look for hosts with good references;
- If you are the host, check the “surfer” references;
- Tell your family where you’re going to stay, when and with whom.
You may learn more about couch surfing at: http://www.couchsurfing.com/