The 5 Rules to Couch Surfing

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The 5 Rules to Couch Surfing

I wanted to write this article because I am fascinated by the idea of couch surfing.   The idea that you can travel for free, meet cool people along the way and have a warm place to sleep at night for no charge.   What is this you Drew?   Yes it’s true.   Couch Surfing is a web site where you can sign up, create a profile and seek out people in destinations through out the world that are willing to let you sleep in their home for a night while you are passing through town for free.   They get a chance to meet someone new from another part of the world and you get a free nights sleep in a warm home.
So what are the 5 rules that you need to keep in mind if you give this a run.

1. Safety is the first and foremost important rule

Bottom line, there are a lot of crazy people out in this world.   Make sure you inspect the people you will be staying with.  Ensure that each person at least has some feedback on their profile and that there is NO negative feedback.   There are times when some surfers can be rude, so keep that in mind but for the most part their profiles should be gleaming references of themselves.  If the person has 30 positive reviews and 1 negative for having the home too cold, then you can let that slide.

2. Be respectful of your couch and don’t come home at 2 AM drunk

These people are opening up their lives and their homes for you to stay for free, no charge.   At the very you can do is be respectful, be kind and say thank you.   Don’t come home at 2 AM drunk unless your host is out drinking with you.   Be sure to understand up front any particular rules that you need to follow.  You know, take your shoes off at the front door, as an example.

3. Don’t expect to be waited on hand and foot

Your the guest so just roll with whatever your host provides or doesn’t provide.   If they give you one blanket and a pillow and throws you on the couch, well hey that’s kinda what you asked for.   That’s why it’s called couch surfing.

4. Don’t cancel on your host at the last minute

These people are planning on your being there.   They may have turned down other people so that you could have the place to stay for the night.   They may have rescheduled their personal lives for you to be there.  If you can avoid it at all costs, make sure you hold your end of the bargain and make sure you make it if you have said you will be there.  Follow through.

5. Give something to your host

They are providing you a place to stay, and some hosts even feed you, so it’s always a nice gesture to give them a small gift as a token of your appreciation.  If you couch surf a lot, you could get a stash of small items from your home town that are representative of where your from and leave them with that.   It will not only be appreciated, but it will be a token to remember you by long after you have left.   Obviously, this is not required but certainly a nice thing to do.

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