Are you currently travelling or contemplating about travel? Well, you could do with such an excellent resource such as couch surfing. The concept behind couch surfing is to influence the generosity of friendly people across the globe to open their residences to travelers. Today, it is a practice employed by tourists who travel around the world; backed by a large online community.
Couch surfing is a great means to explore for cheap, and travelers regardless of their budgets can take full advantage of. Let’s cast a glance at how to couch surf to save money. Let’s say you plan to tour Europe for more or less a month and are planning to reside in hostels that charge 20 Euros per night. A simple math indicates that for 30 nights, you will end up paying 600 Euros. Imagine 600 Euros simply for accommodation. Remember that amount is exclusive of taking tours, sight seeing major attractions and partying. On the other hand, couch surfing prohibits monetary compensation by the traveler to their host and thus is free. This means that a traveler would be able to use the 600 Euros on creating an excellent tour such as buying food and drinks for their hosts, visiting plenty more museums or engaging in more fun-filled events. No matter your choice, couch surfing puts money back in your pocket.
Besides the obvious advantage of hitting upon a free place to place your head during your travel, couch surfing goes beyond helping you save money on accommodation. A good host will take you to great sights, offer you advice on the best spots to visit, and give you a deeper insight on a particular destination beyond what travel sites give. You will experience various locations across the globe from a local perspective. You will view sights that are not described in guide books, and dine at mouthwatering, inexpensive restaurants. You will gain access to local festivities, generosity that you’ve never though of, and experiences you cannot arrange for. Instead of being a tourist in a large group of other tourists, your local host will be familiar with the best spots and may offer money-saving tips for sights and events.
Coach surfing presents the opportunity for you to meet new and fascinating people from across the world. More often than not, friends met through the coach surfing experience go on to become friends for life. From your stay, you will be able to find out about their culture, language and cuisine. The unique experience of learning a different culture and language from the locals is not even comparable to paying money in schools to learn the same culture or language. Within no time, you get emerged in the practices of the local community. Another advantage that is often overlooked is home comfort. Having access to free accommodation and the likelihood of home cooked cuisines makes the tour all the more unforgettable.
On the face it, couch surfing may seem like a concept for freeloading across the globe, however the truth is that surfers interact with hosts with the implied understanding that each party will benefit from some kind of social value from the interaction.
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