Couch Surfing

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Flag of United States  , Illinois
Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Thanks to my good friend, Faith, I now have a couch surfing account.  What is Couch Surfing you ask?  Its a pretty interesting idea.   The short and sweet of offer up your couch to travelers.  In get access to the Couch Surfing database of other people who are offering there sofa.

The concept seems like a great idea.  Couch Surfing is a good way to enable both people to meet and for travelers to save some money.  My first concern was about safety.  After exploring the website a little more I noticed that they do offer some level of in if someone has stayed with a person offering their couch, that person can leave feed back.  So, your not going in to it completely blind.  And in my opinion if you are going to be a traveler, you have to be a little adventurous. 

The website also does not require you to offer your couch to everyone who asks.  You have complete discretion on who you allow to sleep on your sofa.  Email exchange is a good way to get to know the person you may allow to sleep on your sofa...before they actually do.  In addition, each person creates a profile which has some info to help you get an idea of who they are.

The website is interesting and I am fully considering possibly using Couch Surfing when I leave for my trip.  I'd also like to host a few people before I leave...but I have only been on the site for a short time.  The website also lists my location as Naperville.  Not sure how many people will be visiting Naperville.  But next month I will be in Chicago where it makes more sense to see travelers.  I think hosting will be a good experience.  It will give some insight...and I might meet some interesting and great people along the way.

wish me luck...I am also open to offering my couch to Travelpod travelers
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