A few nights before my flight to Japan departed, I logged onto Couchsurfing, pulled up the hosts in Tokyo, and sent out a handful of requests. For a large city, the community was smaller than I expected, however by successfully couchsurfing such far-flung places as Tahiti, I knew it was worth a try. Alexis, a Frenchman living with two Japanese roommates, responded less than … [Read more...] about Couchsurfing Tokyo
This is a guest post by Phil Paoletta. If you'd like to guest post on Go Backpacking, please read more here. I am three months into a West African journey of indefinite length and I have been more or less couchsurfing the entire time. If you are unfamiliar with couchsurfing, I recommend you check out some earlier GoBackpacking.com articles from Andi Perullo here. I have … [Read more...] about Why You Should Be Using Couchsurfing Groups
Many people incorrectly assume that Couchsurfing is solely about opening up your couch to strangers, or in turn sleeping on a stranger's couch. This could not be further from the truth and a perfect example of one of the many ways Couchsurfing can be used to better your life and your travels was an experience that I recently had in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I booked my trip … [Read more...] about The First Pan American Couchsurfing Collective
Q: I am now officially a Couchsurfer, but is it really that safe? A: The short answer is yes! Couchsurfing is really that safe, thanks to several precautions that the site has taken and several precautions that you can take yourself. I will discuss these in depth, however let me preface this article by stating that I think the best way to approach Couchsurfing, especially … [Read more...] about Is Couchsurfing Really That Safe?