Couchsurfing, much more than a simple accommodation
Now that summer comes and we'll have more time to travel is time to know some alternatives to the usual way, and also represent a new experience when it comes to know the places we visited.
One of these new ways of travel is know as “Couchsurfing”. Its operation is very simple. People involved in this idea offer their homes (the couch) to others to facilitate
accommodation. When you participate in this formula somehow you agree that others may also come to you in the future to stay at your home. It is to offer a space and share.
It is an idea that is growing more actually, and works by contacts on different platforms aimed at organizing Couchsurfing networks is in different countries. There are also forums in which to investigate and read the experiences of people who have had the chance of surfing.
Hoster and the Siurfer are the figures involved in these exchanges or surf. The Surfer is looking for accommodation for a Hoster, but not just a cheap accommodation as it may seem.
This housing system, which is obviously much cheaper, has great advantages that complete our experience as tourists or visitors. In many cases not only offers the chance to spend an evening, you can also found that your hoster has prepared a city tour that visits or invite you to a specific event. Everything for a good coexistence and cooperation during the stay. You can prepare a meal, a good conversation and also learn about aspects of the place we visited different from what the great classic tourist circuits. At the end a much more rich and interesting cultural exchange which may happen in a stay in a hotel room.
The platform sharing best known is the same www.couchsurfing.com, which apparently was created by Casey Fenton. This man made a trip to Iceland, after contacting 50 people via mail (sent 5,000 emails), looking for free hosting. From that trip he began to forge what is now the platform that works worldwide.
Most contacts are made in that platform, but gradually emerging new web pages and spaces of contact on social networks that are an alternative to Couchsurfing.com. In addition there are networks at local levels with contact if we are looking for accommodation.
Although the original platform began as an nonprofit idea, at this time over becoming a company that charges for the contacts within the Web. This has caused an increase in new collaborative networks alternatives to the main website. We leave the link to both the principal and some that could be helpful.
- The Travelers
- Moreofit - This site is a forum on offer around 400 alternatives to www.couchsurfing.com
This summer is time to try another way of travel. Enjoy it!!
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Mairena del Aljarafe