To surf or not to surf?

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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholms Lan,
Saturday, January 5, 2013

If you are social, but not a party type anymore, you might not neccessarily want to check out the cheapest hostel in town. And who will show you around like a local better than... a local? That's the idea of couchsurfing.
You create a profile, upload pictures and detailed info about yourself, what you have to offer, your travel habits etc. and you connect with other travellers while being on the road or get to know visitors to your home town. You give whatever you feel like and can afford: a common cup of coffee, a city tour or couch to stay on for a few days. Also, there are several events like hikes or parties organised within the community.
Before living with Dan I have pondered the idea of being a host a few times, but somehow never pulled through, would be weird to be alone with someone you don't know. I have now met other female couchsurfers, who have had the same concerns at first, which turned out to be unjustified. As long as you keep a basic level of security like checking one's opinions on the website (Have they been hosted before? Are they hosts? Even better!) and trust your gut feeling, you should be fine. But as I said- it can also be as much as a city tour or some quality time spent with the visitors.
Now that I got a man to protect me (teehee), we opened up our home to a few travellers so far. Not only have we found out about South Korean culture, rediscovered our city by showing
around our Polish couchsurfer or had a fun night out at a game hall
with our English guest, we also got to know some of our friends here in Stockholm over the network.
We have not been hosted yet, but are trying to build up some reliability for the world tour. I can only imagine, it is like visiting friends, who moved to another place... but that we have to yet find out.
Check it out: https://www.couchsurfing.org/
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Jeff on

I can't remember if we have discussed this site - but I have had only good experiences on AirBnB.com. Sounds similar to the couchsurfing site - but here you also have the option to rent out entire flats. Same idea of a self-rated community of members. Keep it cheap on a couch or shared apartment - but for some cities you might want to spend a bit more for your own place. And it can be so much better than paying for a hotel - plus you get all of the comforts of home.

Jeff on

Great blog btw.
You are still several months away and I'm already so excited for you /slash/ jealous.

threemonthsaway
threemonthsaway on

Thanks, Jeff! I have heard about airbnb before, but have not tried it so far... I reckon you were happy with what you got?
One big difference between the two is, that CS is for free. Or let's say "paid with cultural exchange" :)

threemonthsaway
threemonthsaway on

Let me just say... NOW is the time!

Jeff on

Absolutely. Some amazing apartments and only nice people. And every time the cost was cheaper than the going rate for the hotels. Granted FREE is cheaper than NOT FREE - but in some cities you might want the added luxury of privacy. Check it out.

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