Couchsurfing is still relatively new though, so I thought this would be a great article to help anyone new to the couchsurfing world.
In case you don’t know what couchsurfing is, it’s where you sleep in someone’s home for free. If you use a website such as Couchsurfing, then it is free and it’s easy to connect with other couchsurfers.
Below are my 5 couchsurfing tips.
1. Be clean and respectful.
My first couchsurfing tip is to always be clean and respectful. Your host is letting you stay in their home for free, so you should always respect their belongings, leave everything as-is, and be as clean as you can.
2. Don’t expect your host to be your personal tour guide.
In some cases, your couchsurfing host may love to show you around and they may even want to hang out with you the whole time you are in town. In other cases, they just want to provide you with a place to stay and that is it.
If you are looking for a new friend, then you should make it clear in the messages you send to each other before you arrive to your vacation destination.
3. Find the best host for you.
There are many, MANY couchsurfing hosts out there. One of the best couchsurfing tips I can give you is to make sure you take your time and find the best host for you. You should check their reviews, see what they are like, and so on.
It most likely wouldn’t be a good situation if your couchsurfing host had a personality that you despised…
4. Be honest.
You should always be honest with your host. This can include:
- If you are sick, you should let them know immediately. Hosts most likely will not want a contagious sick person near them.
- If you can no longer do the trip, tell your host immediately. If they are expecting you, then they are probably preparing for your arrival. You shouldn’t waste any more of their time if you know the truth.
5. Do something nice for your host.
For the last of my five couchsurfing tips, you should do something nice for your host.
Couchsurfing is free, but that doesn’t mean that you should be a cheapskate. While hosts don’t assume that they will get anything in return from their guests, it is nice to bring a gift, pay for a meal, or something else nice.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money, just something nice that shows your couchsurfing host that you appreciate that they let you sleep in their home.
Are you interested in couchsurfing? What couchsurfing tips do you have?