No, that title was not a typo. I recently discovered a way that a person who has been bitten by the travel bug can travel the world on a budget.
It might not be new to all of you, but it is definitely new to me. I wanted to share it just in case there was anyone else out there like me who is behind on the times.
There are many costs when traveling the world and your accommodations do not have to be one of them.
This is why I am going to tell you about couch surfing.
What is Couchsurfing?
Couchsurfing is a site where you can make a profile and meet others around the world. It is extremely helpful if you want to backpack through Europe or travel to any country you dream of.
This site is extremely helpful because you can stay with someone who knows as much a tourist guide, but this time you don’t have to pay anybody but instead make a friend. I have heard of people making lifelong friends from the Couchsurfing website, which sounds pretty amazing to me.
Rick Steve is awesome for learning tips and tricks before visiting a country. Here is his Europe guide.
This site is such an amazing tool to use because you can make friends from all over the world. You can visit these people and create great long-lasting relationships as well. Traveling doesn’t have to be such a hard task to accomplish, you just have to find ways to save money wherever possible. It would be a dream of mine to take a year off of work, school and everything else and simply couch surf.
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What does couchsurfing entail?
Couchsurfing is self-explanatory, you are sleeping on a couch (or sometimes a spare room or whatever they have to offer). Some may not like this idea, but I’ve never cared where I slept. I am pretty weird when it comes to sleeping because I can be totally content sleeping on a hard surface or floor.
Is it safe?
It’s always best to be safe, though. I’d recommend staying with someone who has a lot of positive reviews. You don’t want something to happen to either you or your belongings. It’s not worth it to save money on a trip unless you know that you are truly safe. Couchsurfing.org is a site that lets you talk about where you want to go and if you yourself
Is there an age limit?
No, my mom is over 60 years old and has been couchsurfing for several years now, all over Europe and has had many positive experiences.
Have you ever been Couchsurfing?
What was your experience like and would you recommend it to anyone else?
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