Couchsurfing Free accommodation? Room sharing Sharing culture New experience Making friends Hello.
This is Hyekyong from Lifetime Travelmates. I have been traveling around the world with my husband very slowly for a year now. I am not sure if I should say this is a world trip since we have been around only in Asia so far. But we hope to travel more and further in the future. I have already mentioned about how to save travel budget through housesitting application on another video. Today I would like to talk about the Couchsurfing which is already quite popular among travelers. We did Couchsurfing 11 times for one year. It is not much but we would like to share our thoughts based on our experiences. Simply put, Couchsurfing is a temporary house sharing community for travelers. It can be a private room or sharing a room with a host or some space in the living room. The main purpose of housesitting is learning different cultures and sharing travel stories. As you see here. You input your destination and estimated period here then it shows the list of hosts. The one with this mark means better chance for you to be accepted. Honestly, I thought why we had to use Couchsurfing? If we spend just a little bit more extra money, we could have our own private accommodation. Why sharing with a stranger? So I thought the idea of sharing place with someone would be uncomfortable since i am very private or shy person. Obviously it is different from staying in a private room equipped with private bathroom. Not 100% freedom. However, after several Couchsurfing experiences, I realized that Couchsurfing make travels much richer experiences. People travel for various reasons. Some people travel for visiting places to check off the bucket list or some people travel to try different kinds of food. Some people travel just to escape their routine. We visited many places and all the good feelings and pleasure during the trip suddenly disappeared and the things that I remember the most are the experiences I shared with the Couchsurfing hosts. So I would love to share the pros and cons of Couchsurfing based on my experiences as a guest. Couchsurfing Pros First of all, you can save your budget through Couchsurfing. Accommodation fee is one of the major budget spendings when traveling. If you are staying with a host or hosts, you can save money on lodge. Second, you get to collect lots of good travel tips from locals and visit unknown places. Sometimes we hung out with our hosts and visited good local restaurants and hidden gem places together. Even though they are busy, they recommended us good local places to visit and easy access to certain places, which made our experience so much special. Third, it is a good chance to meet locals and get to know their daily lives. While talking to them, we got to learn so many different things, which widened our insights. Some of their stories were so inspiring that it also motivated us to start something new in our lives which did not last longer normally. Still, it was good chances to learn different things. Last but not least, we make friends through Couchsurfing! We got along well with most of the hosts and still keep in touch and update each other through social media. We would not have known them if we hadn’t done couchsurfing. Couchsurfing Cons What about downsides of couchsurfing? First, the accommodation can be far from the places you are planning to visit. So there is a possibility that you might spend more money for transportation. Second, your accommodation might not be the best place to stay in. Sometimes the shared room might be very small. Or you have to sleep in some space in a common area. So if you are very sensitive, this can be a bit annoying. But you can always check the room condition if it’s private or shared room from the host profile. These drawbacks actually can be a good chance to try something different. Some places that hosts live are very local that do not appear in any guidebook. So it is a good chance to check different parts of the city or town you visit. Honestly, the idea of sharing a place can make you hesitate a bit if you are shy or a private person like me. So, I still feel shy and sometimes behave awkward a little bit. But if you try to think they are your family members and open your mind, it really helps you to fully enjoy the experiences. Lastly, before contacting hosts, try to read through the profiles and reviews that other guests left. By doing so, you might have a rough idea who you may be staying with and get to know some common interests that you can talk about. I think my travel experience has become much richer through Couchsurfing. Still, I feel a bit shy and it takes some time for me to open up but it gets better and better.
(I hope!) I hope you guys enjoy your traveling through Couchsurfing! Thanks for watching and if you like this video, click like and leave a comment. I would love to know your Couchsurfing experiences and some tips about how you overcome the shyness! See you next time! Bye~~~