Here are some sure fire tips to enjoy Couchsurfing.As the tweet above explains, adding pictures is a necessary first step to find hosts.And because this is a travel site, including pictures from your travel adventures is a great idea. Try not to include blurry photos, as guests with these types of pictures are more often rejected.Be sure to also include photos that are bright and clear, fun and full of personality. In addition, your profile should always include at least one photo of you, so that guests can get to know who they’re meeting. A personable message about what you want to do, why you want to be hosted, your travel dates, and what you can share is best. Message templates are great for sending information about yourself when finding hosts. He told me we should go to my room because his room was opposite his parents.
I had been disheartened when Milena emailed two days before I was supposed to show up to tell me she had an unexpected out-of-town emergency.
I found her on Couchsurfing.org, an Internet community recommended by a friend for travelers and hosts to exchange camaraderie and couches free of charge. Based on her photo, she seemed like a kindred spirit, a young traveler who spoke English.
Milena’s profile skimmed the basics: She had not posted a description of herself, or written anything in the category “One amazing thing I’ve seen or done.” She had no references. I figured I might even walk away with a new international friend, someone who could potentially accompany me on future travels.
If looking for a place to sleep, users can search for members by location and contact them directly.
Other ways to find a host are using the open request function or emergency group pages, as detailed below.