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Couch Surfing

Wed, 04/13/2016
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MODERN WAYS OF TRAVELLING

Couch surfing is a new way of seeing the world on a budget. How does it work? What even is couch surfing? Unlike the above picture suggests, isn't actually surfing a couch!

"Couchsurfing International Inc. is a hospitality exchange and social networking website. The website provides a platform for members to "surf" on couches by staying as a guest in a host's home or for people to host travelers." Wikipedia

That's the official definition on Wikipedia, but the main idea of couch surfing is to look for a host in a city that you are going to visit. You create a profile, like on most social media platforms, write a bio and then request a couch to lay your weary head on. Essentially people let you stay with them for free. This way you meet people from different parts of the world and exchange cultural ideas.

Couchsurfing offers travelers the opportunity to explore a city through the eyes of the locals, rather than with a map or on google's top 10 places. You can really discover the hidden gems and off the grid places. Many people have even found love by couch surfing.

Overall it's a great experience and one that every traveler should try once at least.