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Benefits of Couchsurfing

by Tiffany Chisholm

Sep 9, 2020

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Couchsurfing is when a person travels and stays with other people for free in their spare rooms or on their couches while visiting a country. Couchsurfing is a social network and an app that connects people worldwide who are either looking for a place to stay or are offering a home away from home.

 

Here are some of the benefits of Couchsurfing:

 

Save money while traveling
Hospitality on Couchsurfing is free and no guest should be asked to pay a fee for lodging. It is, however, recommended that guests show their appreciation by giving their hosts a token, whether it be in the form of a meal, a souvenir from their home country or taking the person out to have fun.

 

Get a home away from home
Since couchsurfers stay in another person’s home, their host’s way of life and routine are adapted so guests get a more homelike experience. If the host is extremely welcoming, they may treat visitors like family and invite you to events or hang out with them.

 

Make new friends and get an authentic experience from locals
It is likely the host is a long-time local of the destination you are visiting, so they may be able to take you around the city or town and give you a short history lesson. This way you can make new friends with locals.

 

Experience local culture with locals
Hanging with a local will teach you the ways of locals. You’ll learn from them and visit and mingle in the spots they do. This is a great time to assimilate to your situation and make new, and possibly lifelong, friends along the way.

 

This is a great option for travelers on a budget who wish to make friends, hang with locals and save money.

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