3 months ago, kram7771
Amazing App for the Open-Minded and Open-Hearted
Couchsurfing can be a life changing app. It’s all in how you use it. CS has helped me travel, meet new people, have new experiences I wouldn’t have otherwise had, and open my mind and heart even more to our big, big world. Most recently, I’ve surfed with hosts in Paris, Barcelona, and Lisbon, but I’ve also surfed in Latin America and East Asia too. I have also hosted a few times in the past, but I intend to host a lot more in the near future when I get back from my 2 month backpacking journey in Europe this summer. I want to give back more and be more involved in my local CA community (New Orleans). All positives being stated, I would like to encourage new users to do the following (and trust me, you’ll have much better experiences for it): read more about ethos and ethics of CSing, read your potential hosts’ profiles, personalize your messages and requests whe surfing, go to CS events in cities you’re traveling in or especially in your hometown, if you’re hosting, make clear your house rules (but also be semi-flexible), communicate very clearly with guests your expectations and/or if you can or can’t hang out while they’re visiting your home(town), be fun, be open, be interesting and be interested :-) Thanks for everything CS and I’ll do my part even more when I get back home!