July 1, 2016

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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/

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/couchsurfing-more-than-just-a-free-bed-for-the-night-8751700.html

http://www.globotreks.com/accommodations/how-to-couchsurfing-travel-world/

http://www.angloitalianfollowus.com/why-couchsurfing-is-free-is-a-myth

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