Couchsurfing; a very interesting, unusual and convenient way of travelling. You have probably heard this term before but you have no idea what it means. What is it really, though?
Honestly, it is as simple as it sounds. This way of travelling basically just requires you to surf someone’s couch. It is as simple as that. Although some travellers can be a bit picky, including myself but I have Couchsurf-ed before in New York City. But I will admit that I was hesitant at first. I mean, it is completely normal. You will basically end up in a random stranger’s house in a completely foreign city. The thought of that just kind of drives me insane, but through the past months, I have learned to be selective and to know how to Couchsurf better.
If you haven’t made an account yet, you have to go download the app first on your smartphones and create an account via Couchsurfing.
Aside from surfing someone’s couch, Couchsurfing is also a great way to find travel friends in a new city. They have different features like hangout, meet ups, events and, of course, the hosting. If you are not particularly into surfing a couch, then you can simply attend a meet up. This way, you get to meet locals and travellers alike, and you get to share different and interesting travel stories. I have done this countless times in different cities and countries that I have been to like the USA, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and so much more! It is such a convenient way to meet people. But just beware, some perverted travellers and/or locals are using this platform as a Tinder of some sort, which completely defeats its purpose! We always have to be careful.
It was last year that I was introduced to Couchsurfing by my friend, Ethan. I was in Taipei, and Ethan was my only travel friend. It was a bit sad because he was leaving and I had to find new travel buddies…so Ethan introduced me to this life changing (not even kidding) app that is Couchsurfing. I love it so much that I have written this down on my blog countless times! Not sponsored, by the way. I have also met some genuine people whom I still call friends up to this day. Couchsurfing really is a platform that brings people together!
Also, I usually organise a Photowalk event in every city that I go to via Couchsurfing. It is a great way to explore a city, and it is always an amazing experience to take photographs with like minded travellers. So it is, definitely, a win-win!
Believe it or not, I have met a guy in New York City who decided to Couchsurf for a year. How cool and daring is that? His name is Jordi, and you can check out his work by clicking HERE. Oh, I also met Jordi via another friend that we both met via Couchsurfing? How crazy? Ha!
Let me tell you a tip in finding the perfect person to hangout with or the perfect host, reviews a pivotal! I usually trust the people with good reviews better than the ones without or with less good reviews. Because, come on, let us simply learn from the experiences of others. So always check the person’s profile before committing on surfing their couches. Again, reviews are key. Do not forget that, ever!
Honestly, you just meet a whole lot of different people by Couchsurfing. I urge you, especially if you are a traveller, to try it out. If you do not like it, fine. If you do, then I told you so!
If you do end up trying Couchsurfing out, please let me know how you like it by commenting below. I would love to hear all about your Couchsurfing experiences!
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.”
Psalm 116:1 NIV