Couch Surfing Can Help You Find Free Accommodation When You Travel – Check out www.couchsurfing.com

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CouchSurfing.com is a popular internet based hospitality service. The service is free and a boon to many travelers. The website was launched back in 2004 and in under four years has become one of the most visited websites in the world. It is a hospitality exchange network were registered members of the website offer their couches to other members traveling to their city. All you have to do to network with other members is create a free profile on the website and work your way through building trust and finding the ideal couch to sleep on while traveling.

CouchSurfing Mission

The CouchSurfing network mission is:

“CouchSurfing seeks to internationally network people and places, create educational exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread tolerance, and facilitate cultural understanding.”
As a community we strive to do our individual and collective parts to make the world a better place, and we believe that the surfing of couches is a means to accomplish this goal. CouchSurfing isn’t about the furniture- it’s not just about finding free accommodations around the world- it’s about participating in creating a better world. We strive to make a better world by opening our homes, our hearts, and our lives. We open our minds and welcome the knowledge that cultural exchange makes available. We create deep and meaningful connections that cross oceans, continents and cultures. CouchSurfing wants to change not only the way we travel, but how we relate to the world!

But Is It Really Safe?

There is a vouching and verification system on the network and members need to build their trust on the network to be considered “Safe”. The vouching system is a network of references and friend links. There are also friend link-strength indicators and testimonials that indicate the trustworthiness of a member.  Getting vouched is not easy as their policy states – “Not just anyone is a vouched for member. Members can only become vouched for by an already vouched for CouchSurfing.com member. Essentially, it’s a trust circle.”

There is also a verification system where your name and physical address are verified. Once checked, you become a level 3 member in the network and then can work your way up from there.

For more on the safety of the CouchSurfing network, go to their Safety details page.

Remember CouchSurfing.com is a non-profit organization and its website is open to all and is free. In these tough times, if you want to save money while travelling and do not mind a little inconvenience you should give it a try.

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