No matter how old you are, adventure always awaits your arrival. It only takes a spontaneous moment to shift you from your office life and into somewhere ancient, somewhere beautiful, or somewhere emotional.
Your next trip is just around the corner, and you do not need to spend a fortune on it to have an incredible time. All it takes is a little trust, and due diligence and Couchsurfing could be your new best friend.
Couchsurfing is a site which allows people to offer their homes to travelers looking for a place to stay. You can search the site as a host looking for guests or as a traveling hoping to find a place to crash. The site is set up similarly to Airbnb. However, you are not expected to pay for your stay. If you are traveling on a budget, it can save you a ton of cash and bring you a more memorable travel experience.
I found Couchsurfing to be a great introduction to traveling alone for the first time. My hosts were all gracious and helped me with anything regarding my travels. In one instance, I was arriving late at night at an airport an hour from my host’s home.
He came and picked me up at one in the morning without hesitating. One host came skiing with me and lent me snow pants and gloves. Each host I stayed with helped me really get an insight into their city that I could not find in a Frommer’s guide. It had a personal touch and never felt manufactured. It didn’t hurt that they forced me to eat local delicacies too.
It can be scary to stay at the home of someone you met online, but Couchsurfing allows you to research and feel out your host through references and a detailed profile. Surfers take it seriously because they have had and want to continue having and sharing these positive experiences. Keep the traveler spirit alive and meet people who can enhance your next adventure.