So, you have heard about Couchsurfing but haven’t figured out how to make the best of it. Or you have used but not successfully get any host or meet-up.
How to use Couchsurfing?
In this article, I’ll give you a complete guide on how to use Couchsurfing for free accommodation.
What is Couchsurfing?
To whom may not know about this, Couchsurfing is a useful travel application that connects travelers and locals. It’s based on the kindness of the host, or the enthusiasm and open-minded attitude of users.
Couchsurfing is an alternative way of traveling on the budget because it’s not only about offering a free stay, but also about culture exchanging.
Things to do with Couchsurfing
1. Stay at a local’s place
Couchsurfing is a great way to travel on a budget because you can save money on accommodation.
You can stay at someone’s place after sending the request to them and get accepted. Depending on the host’s house description, you may sleep on the couch in the living room or have a private room.
During your stay, you can cook with your host and hang out with them if you’d like to.
You can save a lot of money by making use of Couchsurfing. Just imagine that you visit Switzerland, you can save at least 40 Euro per night!
How to get your Couchsurfing Host to say YES? – A Successful Request
Many people said that they have no hope of sending a request for a host. Maybe it’s time to look back on your request. Here are ways to make sure you will get a “Yes.”
Read the host’s profile carefully.
Make sure if the host requests something to include in the request, such as any keyword or questions.
Don’t use Couchsurfing as a freeloader; use it for cultural exchange. If you consider Couchsurfing as a free hostel and you don’t want to communicate with the host, no one will host you.
Don’t just write “Can you host me on…” and stop. It will low your chance.
Tell the host why you want to stay with them.
Tell about yourself and your trips, and plans. It will be helpful to include the time/day that you will arrive.
Tell the host if you would like to do something with them together, such as cooking/ exploring the city so that they will find your request more interesting.
Write a request in a friendly manner.
Create public trips so local can find and offer to host you!
2. Host travelers
If you’d like to meet travelers around the world, why not offer a place for them to stay?
I think it is an excellent opportunity to meet many people and make new friends. Also, hosting travelers is the best way to contribute to a Couchsurfing community!
You can earn three months of verified membership by hosting travelers. So don’t hesitate to open your door and share your lives with others.
3. Meet new people
Traveling alone? No worries! You can meet up with locals or other travelers easily by Couchsurfing!
Specifically, you need to search for hosts or travelers who are coming to town, send a message to meet them in advance.
Also, you should public your trip so others can contact you easier. Many locals offer to show new people around their city in their free time as well. So take that chance and get to know more people!
4. Attend events
You can search for events in the city you’re visiting, or it will automatically appear when you public your trip. There are several Couchsurfing events, such as weekly meetings, discovering the urban area, etc.
If you use the mobile version of Couchsurfing, you can turn on your location and use the Hangout function.
Just choose “Become Available,” then fill out what you want to do.
You can see the distance between you and others, and also what they would like to do. If you’d like to contact them, press “Hello.”
Choose Hangout Now
Then “Become Available”
What would you like to do? Type and then press My availability