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All About Couch Surfing - Travel the World!

Updated on July 9, 2009

So What is Couch Surfing?

Couch Surfing was created in America over a decade ago, however it really took off five years ago.  It was at this time that members of the Couch Surfing Team set up the Couch Surfing website to help travellers travel the world for free.  This community of hospitality, letting random people stay at your house, became an instant hit.

The Craze of Couch Surfing rocked the travelling community as more and more couch surfing site sprung up.  This cheap free, and with rating systems, safe way to travel the world with no accommodation costs suddenly meant anyone could go travelling on next to no money! 

The couch surfing communities now have members numbering in the hundreds and thousands, all of which readily give up their couch or spare room to other travellers.  By couch surfing you rarely have to pay for food, let alone accommodation and you can easily see exactly what the world has to offer by integrating yourself into local cultures and customs!


So Why Should I Couch Surf?

Couch surfing is not just a free way to travel, by participating in couch surfing you get to meet people from hundreds of different cultures, pick up new languages and try new things.

And couch surfing doesn't end there, as we speak Couch Surfing universities are being created, as well as couch surfing hostels, sponsored by donations.  At these places you can learn new skills, crash and learn to do things you would never have even imagined!

On top of that most cities around the world have regular Couch Surfing Meet Ups, these allow Couch surfers to meet other travellers, people of similar interests and often several couch surfers meeting could prompt an entire change in plan of a holiday.

It's not at all uncommon (I have done it myself) for a single conversation to send you careering hundreds of miles out of your way in search of that fun hostel, stunning architecture or perfect beach!

So Whats the Catch?

Well all payment is voluntary, however things are not always as nice as they seem.  Women are advised to travel with someone else, there have been occasional horror stories, though every one tries their best to keep out those only in it for sex.

Sometimes people staying over at yours may not always be the most welcome of guests, some may smell a little, some may be weird and some may just ignore you completely and use your home simply to sleep in for a few days.

All in all though the benefits heavily outweigh the cons.  The couch surfing project is not only amazing but one of the most interesting and beautiful projects I have been a part of! 

This article was written by Oliver Whitham of ClearView Writing Freelance Writing Solutions. Great freelance and SEO advice and sponsored by Hot Katrina Kaif Wallpapers


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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Austin, TX is one of my favorite places in the world. You are very fortunate.

      I gained so much weight - the food is amazing - so fresh. The music, the shopping, the climate - you don't need to travel the world - Austin is spectacular.

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      patdmania 7 years ago from waterford, mi

      I need a place to stay in TX. Can i stay at your place? LOL

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      Roger Mac 7 years ago from Cascais - Portugal

      Cool info =)

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      What an interesting concept. It's not for me but I think it could be great for those that crave lots of adventure. Rated this hub up. Great job.

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      SurferGirl1 7 years ago from California

      interesting...I was looking at other surfing hubs and found your article

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      thisisoli 7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Couch Surfing lets you meet some amazing people, hope they were some interesting books!

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      Locke Reborn 7 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I've been a member for a year and finally got to host someone last week. It was just a rest stop, but the person gave me books so I thought it was cool. I got another request this week for mid month and this time it's an older couple. What a fun network!

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      writtenwithlove 7 years ago

      This is so cool! I was actually trying to find ways to save up for a trip, so this would definitely help! It does kinda scare me a little bit but worth looking into for sure!

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      thisisoli 7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Yeah the horror stories seem bad, but the majority of the couch surfing community really is fantastic!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      I like this idea, however I got a little frightened toward the end when you gave the warnings. But all in all a good idea. This is worth Digging.

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      World Travel 7 years ago from Earth

      Couch Surfing - Travel the World!

      Cool idea.

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      thisisoli 8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Haha unfortunately I am out of my old flat, saving some cash for a move (and marriage) in America!

      My old flatmate could probably still put you up if you ever fancy a trip to the original York :p

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      StormRyder 8 years ago

      I love this idea....Can I stay at your place Oli? L0L

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      mynameisnotpaul 8 years ago from Kentuckeh'

      I've never heard of this! It's a great idea!!

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      thisisoli 8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Ride sharing is a great way to travel, always be wary though, especially when travelling alone!

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      rideshare 8 years ago

      Couch surfin is great! Combine it with ride sharing, and you've got the perfect budget vacation!

      Can find ride sharers usually at or

      plain ol

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      thisisoli 8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Join up to one of the couch surfing sites, you will meet some fantastic people!

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      colleen stewart 8 years ago

      i live in welland ontario canada

      i have one bed available for a tidy responsible quiet nonsmoking traveller who will clean up behind himself or herself.

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      thisisoli 9 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Glad you Enjoyed it!

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      thanks for nice hub

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      thisisoli 9 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      No problem :)

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      Great Caruso 9 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the info!!!