How to use Couchsurfing – We have already disscused Couchsurfing as part of responsible travel and just to remind you not to think of it as a “Free Hotel” because in return you have to give something also. And it is not money (it is against the rules) or gifts, it is about your experience, your culture and your views. If you surf, don’t be a Freeloader, be a surfer that you would like to host!
How to use Couchsurfing – Don’t be a Freeloader
When you start to use Couchsurfing, be sure to read the Guidelines. Guidelines are there to show you how to use Couchsurfing and it will explain how to take care of your safety. Because you will be going to other people homes and you need to respect that.
First step? Completely fill out your Couchsurfing profile! This will be your home base and is a reflection of you: your lifestyle, your mission and what’s important to you. Having a complete profile is the best way to connect with people – whether it’s going to your city’s weekly event or hosting a guest. Here you can tell people if you’re traveling or would like to host. Be sure to include photos.
Next up, explore your city! Getting in touch with experienced Couchsurfers in your area is the best way to get a feel for how Couchsurfing works. Most cities have a weekly event that is usually held at a bar or coffee shop. Just head to your city’s Place Page and look at the Events happening near you. Click “Join,” show up and you’re on your way!
How to use Couchsurfing – Be sure to read the Guidelines
If you’re ready to embark on an adventure, search for the city (or cities!) you plan to visit and browse locals with couches available. Look through profiles and references to find people you might want to stay with. When you find a few interesting potential hosts, carefully review their profile and send a Couchrequest for the dates you’ll be there. We usually recommend sending about five Couchrequests. Make sure to personalize your messages and tell your host why you want to meet!
Once you’ve explored the site and have been to an event or two, consider making your couch, spare room or air mattress available to travelers. Set your couch status under Couch Information. You can set it to “Not Right Now (but I can hang out)” if you want to be available as a city resource for travelers but are unable to host. You can set it to “No” if you’re not available or don’t have any extra space, or “Maybe/Yes” to show up in search results for travelers who are planning a trip to your area.