"Hosts offer the use of their couches, bathrooms, kitchens, and spare
beds. They sometimes provide meals and even the use of their cars. They
give their guests tips about local attractions and often show them
around. Still, CouchSurfers end up doing much exploring on their own,
since most hosts have jobs and other commitments.
tracks the number of registered users and how many cities are
represented, but it also follows the connections and friendships that
have been forged. According to its website, nearly 240,000 friendships
have been created so far among more than 285,000 registered users. At
the end of each stay, surfers and hosts are asked to evaluate their
experiences. Jesse Fenton's brother Casey, a New Hampshire resident who
founded CouchSurfing.com with three friends in 2004, said 98.8 percent of users have rated their experience a positive one."
how it works: Anyone can create a free online profile that describes
themselves, where they live, and whether they have a couch to offer
other surfers. Travelers can search for hosts in the places they want
to visit. E-mails are exchanged and plans are made, as long as both
parties -- host and surfer -- are comfortable with the arrangement.
'Ultimately, couch surfing is becoming a brokerage for adventure,' says Couchsurfing.com
founder Casey Fenton, from Conway, N.H., where Couchsurfing is based.
'We're not just a place to stay for the night. We're here to create
memories, have cultural exchanges, perhaps make friends and stories to
tell your grandkids.'"
Rehashed couch surfing coverage? What's up with that?