Did you ever try to surf a couch? No, I don’t mean literally 😉 But there is indeed a movement called “Couchsurfing”. Let me explain to you how it works:
Random people all over the world offer to host travellers from all over the world. They offer their spare room which is always empty, or their own bedroom when they’re out of town, or a couch, or a spot on the floor… It all just depends 😀 The idea is to meet random people from everywhere and share experiences together. It is all based on trust and there is no fee involved for the activities. You can also just meet up with people in your home town and show them around, or grab a coffee together. It’s really all just up to you.
I first heard about it 10 years ago when I flew over to Liverpool together with a friend. Next to us sat a young lad, I think he was French. He was a student and couldn’t afford much travelling, but seemed to be doing loads of it. He explained to us that he’d go for the cheap airlines and book well in advance – so he’d get flight tickets for 5 bucks (I don’t know if that’s still possible, but back then it was!). And he would stay with locals through couchsurfing, meet them and they’d show him around. He’d made lots of friends all over Europe like that, and visited many cities. That got me interested and I went on to have a look at the webpage:
I was very intrigued by the idea and kept going back to the site. It took me several years to finally sign up, and some more years to have my first couchsurfing experience. So far – I’ve only had good experiences! I’ve met lovely people in different countries and with some a friendship developed. Some I’ve seen / visited several times already, others I plan to visit. But it has truly enriched my life ever since!
There was a lovely article about it on BUZZFEED the other day which I recommend you to read – there are some great examples on there as to what Couchsurfing can all be about, and it’s just so interesting:
Recently, I’ve also managed to get hold of this book by Christine Neder called “90 Tage, 90 Betten” which means “90 days, 90 beds”. Christine has couchsurfed in Berlin for 90 days, spending every night with another couchsurfer. The project definitely sounds interesting and I can’t wait to start reading the book 🙂
How about you – have you ever surfed a couch somewhere on this planet? What were your experiences with it?