Every time I travel people usually ask me… How do you do it? (Financially) the first answer that comes out it’s well I use Couchsurfing so I don’t have to pay for accommodation… The questions keep on and on being the most relevant Is it safe?.
I’ve been an active member of CS since 2011 I have hosted back in Venezuela, assisted to meet ups , surfed and never anything bad has happened to me. The only awkward situation I can recall is while traveling in Colombia my host and his girlfriend were giving me signs for a threesome, as soon as I realized it I decided to go for a walk and didn’t come back until midnight.
That is one of the most important things while surfing in CS be aware! Read the references, check all the pictures, read the profile throughoutly, that is what I do. Besides the incident mentioned before nothing else has happened to me I’ve only had good experiences. Actually several people I met through CS are my current friends and we are in constant communication.
The other day I was reading the article
Couchsurfing’s Sex Secret: It’s The Greatest Hook-Up App Ever Devised
with opinions like “I simply do not know of an easier way for a guy to get laid with exotic women in exotic countries. Long live Couchsurfing!”
Not only that but usually I hear from male couchsurfers things like It’s hard to get a host when you are a guy. Luckily for myself I am a girl and yes is very easy for me to find hosts everytime I travel.
I can also say that nowadays more than before I receive more and more messages from guys saying that they just want to meet up, maybe some of them do, but you can tell their intentions when most of them finish their messages with winky faces (if you know what that means) that is not what CS is about if you want to hook up just download Tinder, for all those women reading this, do what you feel comfortable with. If you see something out of place while surfing just keep a plan B like a hostel or a second host. Keep in mind that you don’t need any kind of requirements to become a host in CS. Also culture plays a big role in how your hosts will treat you (Latin America and Western Europe) have given me the best experiences.
This website came out of kindness and connections between travelers sometimes just follow your common sense. There is nothing better than staying in an unknown city with a local, they are the ones who know the best spots and things to do.