I went to Denver, Colorado and was able to do so many things. I was also able to save a ton of money because I didn’t have to spend any money on a hotel.
Although that was great, it was even better that I was able to stay with a local host who was able to show me around to the best local spots. I stayed right in the heart of the city which was absolutely breathtaking!
I’m not able to currently host, but I’m hoping when I have a place to myself with no roommates that I’ll be able to share my space with other couchsurfers.
Below are some of the positives of couchsurfing and why you might want to think about trying it.
1. You get to stay with a local who knows all of the hotspots.
My host took me to their favorite restaurants and I was able to live like a true local. I also took a long bike ride around the whole city and was able to bike through spots that I probably wouldn’t have seen from staying a hotel with no one I knew.
2. You are able to save a ton of money.
My couchsurfer also cooked me meals and shared all of their food with me. I’m not sure if this is the norm, but I have heard plenty of other great stories about couch surfing hosts.
In return, you should definitely give your host some kind of gift. I paid for a few meals for my host and when we went out, although they were very hesitant on this. I had a great host who sincerely enjoyed having company.
3. You’ll meet the nicest people when couchsurfing.
I’ve met some of the most down to earth people on this site. These people are willing to share their home with complete strangers, which shows how nice these people are! You’ll make life-long friends from this site.
4. You’ll have a place to come back to.
You’ll be able to visit the place again and if you can’t stay with the host again, at least you’ll be able to meet up with them!
Also, when you visit the city again, you’ll know all of the hotspots and you’ll be able to show those places to other people as well.
The downfall I’ve experienced from Couchsurfing:
I’ve come across a lot of guys messaging me and when I read their profile, it will say something along of the lines of: Only want females only. This is a dead giveaway that this person is a creeper and is only looking for girls.
Don’t be afraid to go with a guy/girl. The first time I couchsurfed, I had a male as a host. He was awesome and I would definitely stay with him again. All you have to do is make sure to check the person’s references and get to know them a bit before you stay with them. Most of all, have fun if this is your first time couch surfing and I’m sure you’ll have a great time!
Have you ever been Couchsurfing before? What was your experience like? Would you ever try it?