An online service and community (couchsurfing.com) based on hosts offering their couch to surfers (i.e. travellers) to use as a bed. Similar to Hospitality Club or GlobalFreeloaders.

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What does a couchsurfing host expect from their guests?

Just that. I've never done couch-surfing and I'd like to start couch-surfing in my next trip, but I don't know what the host "expects". Do I have to take something in exchange for his/her offer? Or is ...
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Is there a feasible way to combine hitchhiking and couch surfing?

On my previous trip I tried hitchhiking for the first time and became addicted so this year I'm spending six to twelve months traveling in East Asia and Eastern Europe. I also tried couch surfing for ...
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How long is a typical CouchSurfing stay?

When you are staying with a CouchSurfing host, what is a typical stay duration? Is CS intended for short (1- or 2-night) trips, or is it not unusual to stay for a whole week or longer? If I am ...
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Are hospitality-exchange services reasonably safe to use in first-world countries?

Are hospitality-exchange services like CouchSurfing and warmshowers.org reasonably safe to use? I mean both for hosts and for guests, and both for men and women, in first-world countries. What ...
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Presents for Japanese couchsurfer hosts

I was evaluating doing couchsurfing during my next trip in Japan and this question: What does a couchsurfing host expect from their guests? makes me want to ask if there is a sort of "etiquette" I ...
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How do I verify my location in a country that has unreliable mail?

I'm trying to complete the final step of verification on couchsurfing.org and the country where I live (Dominican Republic) essentially doesn't have public mail. I've heard services like DHL can ...
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What sort of “invitation” do I need for a Belarussian visa?

I would like to visit Belarus. To apply for a Belarussian visa, one needs an "invitation", which is usually provided by a hotel or travel agency. However, I would like to travel independently, ...
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Couchsurfing hosting etiquette, length?

My question is regarding hosting, and how to deal with people who want to stay 5 or more days. I've hosted a few times now, but pretty specifically only accepted people who want to stay for 1-2 ...
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What's a good gift to bring from Sweden for people I couchsurf with?

I will be leaving on a 22-day trip around Europe pretty soon and will be visiting the homes of 6-7 couchsurfers. I want to bring them a small gift or souvenir from Sweden as a return for their ...
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What can I take as the gift from Poland for the host, which is small and light?

I'm from Poland and I'd like to try some couchsurfing after the trip in the mountains. I'd have to carry all things on my back, so this should be small and very light. A normally proposed souvenir ...
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What's the cheapest way to stay in Copenhagen?

A friend and I want to spend a week in Copenhagen to see the city. Copenhagen is f** expensive and I am searching for a place to stay for both of us without bringing a sleeping bag with us. AirBnb is ...