Join Date: May 2005
Location: London, England
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I've used it a few times. I had a Canadian guy from couchsurfing stay with me for 1 night a few months back, and I stayed with a guy from hospitalityclub in Kosovo for 4 days. I tried at arrange a few more places to stay as well in Albania, Macedonia and Moldova, but got either a negative response or none at all from those, so it seems to be hit and miss in my experience. It also requires that you know your itinerary at least 4-5 days in advance and have regular internet access while on the road. I have also partaken in some unexpected couchsurfing (as in, I've met people who have offered me a place to stay), that's always fun.
When staying with people you get a very different view on things. You immediately have a group of local "friends" to show you around and take you to the non-tourist areas. Plus at times you get home cooked meals, people driving you places you can't easily get to by public transport, satellite tv and all the other home comforts.
Where I've been: Albania, Australia, Belguim, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Somaliland, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Transnistria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Uruguay Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Vietnam, Yemen
Where I'm going: Cyprus (June 2013)