Pretty catchy title right? Forgoing hotel costs is actually quite simple if you stay with friends or family, but what about the times when you don’t know anyone in the cities you visit? You stay with strangers! Yeah, when I think of staying with strangers, I immediately conjure up some wild stories thanks to the news and movies like Taken. While there is some validity to those fears, sites like CouchSurfing.org have made it possible to meet people who are perfectly normal and happy to host someone for a few nights.
I have never personally tried CouchSurfing (well besides in the picture above!), but I am very interested in giving it a go in the near future thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Tim Ferriss’ post earlier this month. If you’ve never heard of Tim Ferriss, he’s an eccentric self-made millionaire with fascinating stories and life advice which he shares freely on his blog. He has a few books out there too- the 4-Hour series (Work, Body, Chef). Earlier this month he interviewed Alexandra Liss, who used Couchsurfing to travel for six months while visiting 21 countries and filming a documentary.
As a female who travels alone, I was very interested to read her account and she gave some great advice on how to use the site. Her “8 Steps to Become a CouchSurfing Guru” is easy to follow and provides a wealth of information on building a profile and finding a good match in the city you’re visiting. I was pleasantly surprised by the CouchSurfing network and the amount of detail that goes into finding a place to stay.
This could be a great tool when traveling to MLB cities across the country to avoid hotel costs. Maybe baseball fans could start a sharing community to help each other visit all the ballparks. Just a thought!
Have you used CouchSurfing and have additional comments/concerns? Please feel free to share…