An Idiot’s Guide to Couchsurfing

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Necessity is the mother of invention, so over the years when creative people got stuck in uncomfortable situations, they came up with solutions that changed their lives and ours as well.

In 1999, 21-year-old Casey Fenton found a cheap flight to Iceland but he couldn’t afford the accommodation, so he sent out emails to students and locals asking if they are willing to host him for free and it worked. Afterwards, he decided to found couchsurfing.com, and let’s just say the world has become a better place since then.

Couchsurfing is a platform where locals can host travellers from different countries for free. As a traveller, all you need to do is go to the website and see if there is someone willing to host you. You can choose according to your preferences as well; some people prefer to stay with a male, a female, or a family. Likewise, if you were to host someone, you would receive requests and choose who can stay with you.

Couchsurfing drastically lowers the expense of your trip by removing accommodation costs, while giving you the chance to make friends and bond with the locals you meet, which can help you experience your destination on a deeper level. You get to learn more about how locals live their lives, how they cook their food, their traditions, and so many other cool things that you might not learn about in a hotel.

When couchsurfing, remember to respect the traditions of the country you’re in. And since you’re staying for free, make sure to express your gratitude by bringing your host a gift or cooking them a famous dish from your country.

Couchsurfing is much more than a cheap alternative to a hotel; like travel, it’s a life altering experience that helps people from different cultures connect like never before.

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