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April 6, 2007

CouchSurfing: Travel On The CHEAP

Filed under: Travel — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

When I go to San Francisco, I crash on my friend’s couch. She lives in a tiny apartment in the Haight, so I sleep on the couch at night and roll up my sleeping bag every morning so we have a place to sit and eat breakfast. Wouldn’t it be great if I had a friend in every town? If I found out that I could crash on my friend’s couch no matter where I needed to go? Guess what, I do:

How can you be sure that you’re safe to crash on some stranger’s couch?

CouchSurfing has implemented several precautionary measures for the benefit of its surfers, hosts, and community. Every user is linked to the other users he or she knows in the system through a network of references and friend links. In addition to the solid network with friend link-strength indicators and testimonials, we have our vouching and verification systems. Some of these are new technologies invented by the CouchSurfing founders.

Not just anyone is a vouched for member. Members can only become vouched for by an already vouched for member. Essentially, it’s a trust circle.

If you have always wanted to travel to Europe, but can’t seem to afford a plane ticket AND a hotel, CouchSurfing might be the answer for you!

Via: ABC News: Around the World, One Couch at a Time

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