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Website for staying with random people around the world?

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1. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 10y

I hear there is this website out there that people around the world post their address and contact info and they will let you stay at their houses for free. The only catch is that you are supposed to do the same if random people want to stay at your place (you could always just "happen to be out of town" - but that would be abusing the purpose of the site). Not necessarily the most orthodox way of travleing but you could certainly have some interesting experiences from it; may not be the safest either.

My question is: does anyone know the website or has anyone ever tried it?

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

never heard about,but anyway I would not making use of it.
You dont know with whom you are dealing,what type of people will visit you.
Marlis

3. Posted by xxkissbang (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I'm not sure but the only similar site I can think of right now is CouchSurfing.com, which is pretty cool and genius in itself.

4. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 10y

Nah couchsurfing.com shut down i think but globalfreeloaders.com is still up and is a good one. you just make up a name for yourself, list your hometown and give a little detail about what you have available...couch, tent room, spare bed, whatever. then you can search through the database by country and city and find beds. really cool site.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 10, 2006 9:29 PM by s_hoot ]

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Actually, Couchsurfing is alive and well :)
http://www.couchsurfing.com/

6. Posted by xxkissbang (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

^ True, CS has resurrected and is doing pretty well! :D

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Yup. Couchsurfing is alive and well again (i'm a big fan and user), whilst hospitalityclub is the other big one (bigger than CS, but i don't like it as much). globalfreeloaders and servas are two others

8. Posted by Rudradeb (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Couchsurfing.com is a great site. Globalfreeloaders probably has more members (being earlier off the blocks) but has none of the security features of Couchsurfing. With couchsurfing you have the ability to know a lot about the person you intend to host or be hosted by enabling you to make an informed choice. Plus the pictures. HospitalityClub is also much better than Freeloaders as far as information is concerned but allows only a member to upload only a single picture. In any case, it is not a patch on Couchsurfing from any angle. I'm a member of all three and regularly host people from all of them but prefer guests through couchsurfing any day.

9. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 10y

There was this guy (can't remember his nationality or name, sorry), but he started this thing while travelling and made himself a name, so that people invited and offered him to stay with them in their home. Years back it was pretty big and he got invitations from all over the world, people treating him like royalty!

I'm not sure if he's ever stopped travelling ... maybe I'll find out his name again...

10. Posted by jorppa (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

www.hospitalityclub.com is good