So here we are. I’m looking at that little button on my screen, it begs me to press it and change the status from “Not Now” with that little coffee cup next to it, to “Yes”. I’m no better at resisting than the next guy, and I’m not scared to meet new people – so I press it.
There, now it’s official: my couch is open for couchsurfing individuals to surf. Now come on over, let’s get this party started. I’m excited to meet some new travellers, maybe show you around Stockholm and to get some tips for when I go surfing myself later on this year. Are you one of them? Check out my profile on couchsurfing.org here.
This update is the first of many (I hope) about my own experiences couchsurfing and couchhosting.
What is Couchsurfing?
Just in case you don’t know what couchsurfing is, I will do a brief description here. Couchsurfing is a community of travellers exchanging tips, knowledge, stories and couches for you to sleep on. All for free! It obviously relies on you offering up your own couch when you can as well. It’s kind of a pay it forward movement based on the good will many travellers experience world wide.
Well, did I mention that it’s free? But the biggest reason for me to do couchsurfing is simply the adventure on it’s own. You get to meet new people, often locals, with an open mind and lots of inside knowledge about the location. Often times a host will act as a hotel (if you’d call sleeping on a couch a hotel) and a tour guide both. How great is that?
What Can You Learn From Couchsurfing?
There are plenty of things you can learn from couchsurfing, the website even asks you what kind of skills you can teach and what kind of skills you want to learn. Personally, I hope to learn more about couchsurfing and hitch hiking in Europe as that is what is next on my agenda. I also always have an open spot for friends from other places in the world. You can always learn from other people’s travels but mostly about their own countries and cities of residence or birth. Other than that your local “chapter” often organises different events. In Stockholm it is Regular Sunday Fika and Wednesday beers. I hope to take part in one, or both, as soon as I can.
I hope to keep you updated on how everything goes and try to publish an interview or two (maybe I’ll even try video) with hosts and surfers. Just in case you’re finding yourself thinking about trying surfing or hosting yourself.
Keep checking this space!