FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Traveling the World – One Couch at a Time

by Laura Hipshire

Sep 12, 2014

© Syda Productions | Dreamstime

Trends / Unique Itineraries & Tours

What if you could travel to destinations far and near and not have to worry about paying for a hotel?

Depending on where you’re traveling, a hotel room can cost $100 and up. There’s a relatively new trend called couchsurfing that allows people to connect in order to exchange information and find free couches to sleep on while traveling. According to the group’s website, their motto is, “You have friends all over the world, you just haven’t met them yet.”


Founded by Casey Fenton, Daniel Hoffer, Sebastian Le Tuan and Leonardo Bassani da Silveira in 2004, Couchsurfers.org’s members have grown to more than 9 million across the globe.  Here’s how it works:


  • If you’re a prospective couchsurfer, click here to get started by creating an online profile, including photos, designating whether or not you want to list your own couch or find one to crash on
  • Next, you can browse through the list of available national and international couches
  • Connecting is easy … once you’ve found a few you’re interested in, you can send couch requests asking if they are available for the dates you need


Couchsurfer Matt Dunphy, from San Diego, Calif., joined the community in 2007.


“You get to do and see things that aren’t in the travel guides. For example, I hosted a couple from Germany and brought them to a neighborhood mac and cheese cook-off with a band and keg. The greatest perk (about couchsurfing is) the connections and friendships I make with like-minded people around the world,” Dunphy said.


Besides being able to meet people from other places and cultures, you can’t beat the cost — couchsurfing is totally free!  To learn more, visit www.couchsurfing.org or “Like” their Facebook page here.



Insta Feed
Destinations / North America
May 21, 2024

New Eateries Opening in Grand Central Terminal, New York, This Year

The iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York City welcomes new restaurants this year, representing a vibrant mix of industry innovators and beloved eating and drinking destinations.

The Argosaronic Islands Are Calling

The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.

May 21, 2024

7 Must-See Sites in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here are seven must-see sites in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Destinations / North America
May 21, 2024

Where to Dine in New Jersey This Summer

The food scene in New Jersey is not shabby, but if you’re hungry for something extra-special, you have options in the Garden State this summer, as three restaurants and chefs received James Beard nods this year.

Your Home Away from Home in Dallas

Open spaces, open thinking and open expression thrive at Aloft Dallas Downtown.

May 20, 2024

Renaissance Albany Review

A recent, quick, overnight stay at the 203-guestroom Renaissance Albany Hotel offered a perfect location for attending an event at nearby MVP Arena, and then sightseeing around the capital city the next day.