Couch Surfing is a phrase which is gaining popularity in the community of vagabonds. Adopted by many budget travelers Couch Surfing has attracted my attention! Available Couch Surfing networks allow travelers to connect with people in different cities of different countries. People offer couches or rooms to strangers for free! Well, the point is ... offering a place to stay to a traveler who is a complete stranger and help him/her understand local culture in more friendly way. This also helps the host to know/understand the guest and guest's country and culture etc ... more of a give-and-take kind of arrangement. Stay is free but guest may have to follow some guidelines provided by host. Rest is common sense and courtesy. For this arrangement to work well, guests should be looking for a good friend in a host than a free couch.
Well, I have heard much about it but, have never tried it! I find it very interesting :) Having said that, I get many doubts about being in some stranger's house in an unknown city ... also to bring a complete stranger home as a guest ... safety is the issue!! Networks claim about verified members. But, to what extent this verification works? How correct are the references? Or one should just go ahead with the gut feeling? How to do a research on a host or a guest? How much research is enough? ... I think it is up to our general comfort level with strangers.
Isn't it exciting? Have you ever tried it? Look forward to your views on this :)---
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