One of the good things when you travel alone and you want to save some money for leisure activities or rent a car to explore the country is definitely COUCHSURFING.
What is Couchsurfing ?
It’s a social site that helps budget travellers to meet hosts in different countries. This website is very popular in South America and Asia. I was in Mexico and soon in South America with the help of this website. The other good thing that is very interesting with Couchsurfing lies in the local atmosphere that you will live directly with local people.
How does it work ?
It’s really complicated and you will need with you to sign up 3 passports, and birth certificate (kidding ok!).
Easy to use, you can sign in with your facebook or google account. After this, you just need to fill up some information like age, interests, language…
Is it safe ?
First, you can choose what type of host you wish to stay with (e.g., male, female, couple, etc) and can get a feel for their personalities based on their public profiles. Really important to check the profile, when was the last connection on couchsurfing, how many times to answer a message…
Couchsurfing can be a real asset for you if you’re looking to feel the local atmosphere, meet new people and save some money of course. Another benefit of couch surfing is the fact that you can have access to a kitchen. It can help you to cook some local dishes and avoid the Mcdonalds. A lot of websites have some concerns about couchsurfing and sex abuses. I think it’s like Airbnb, you always have some bad experiences but at the end it’s one of the most popular websites in 2015.
A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.