I will be backpacking Europe next summer with a friend and we're seriously considering "couch surfing" as a way to both save money and meet a lot more people. Any ideas, thoughts, comments, or warnings about couch surfing??
I'm an "older traveller", so Couch Surfing is probably not something I'll ever consider. I do stay at Hostels on occasion, but prefer budget Hotels for the most part.
Couch Surfing seems to be a good concept for the most part, and seems to work well as I haven't heard of any problems on any Travel Message Boards. However, I believe the potential for problems to develop is higher with Couch Surfing than with other forms of accommodation.
If you decide to try it, be sure to post a "Just Back Report" when you return, as I'm sure the information would be useful for others here.
Post by WillTravel on Dec 15, 2010 14:11:39 GMT -5
I don't know if this is positive or negative publicity for couch-surfing, but it's certainly gotten a lot of attention lately with Wikileaks. Whatever your opinion of that, the two Swedish accusers of Assange had both met him, and subsequently hosted him, through the couch-surfing website. So whether male or female, best to be careful! (Admittedly, such an occurrence is likely quite rare.)
I was trying to compare the pros and cons of hostels vs couch surfing. I have done neither, but I have studied abroad. I thought couch surfing would be more like being in a home stay, which I absolutely loved. Hostels, even though they may be nice, would be like staying in a dorm. I want to get the most out of my stay in Europe. I'm just unsure about who is allowed to host backpackers. Besides that, it's free and I want to be able to spend wisely while in Europe. I don't know ... just looking at the options!