Couch Surfing Vs. Couchsurfing

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:38 AM GMT
    So, fellow RJers...

    I'll be moving out to San Diego from Philadelphia in a few months and i'm trying to start planning my trip. Because my wallet has been suffering from a severe case of anorexia for the past several months (cough... or years... cough), I'll be looking to get as much out of my road trip out west for as little cash as possible.

    I've searched the forums for info about Couchsurfing.com and people's opinions on the site but the only post had more to do with the negative experience one member had.

    While i'm not trying to diminish that member's experience, i was wondering if anybody has had any positive experiences with the site? I ask because it would a shit-ton cheaper to find random people on there to stay with that are along the way than to have to drive hours out of my way to stay with friends i know across the country.


    Thanks!
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    any experiences with the site or planning inexpensive roadtrips are welcome icon_smile.gif
  • Fable

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:42 AM GMT
    make friends on here


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    less creepers
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:44 AM GMT

    Good point!

    However, I feel like i'd be considered a creeper if i started sending guys on here requests to sleep on their couches though... no?
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:47 AM GMT

    (I'd ask to crash on your couch, but unless i'm mistaken, London is not on the way to california)
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
    One RJ member did the couchsurfing thing. Got roofied. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    xrichx saidOne RJ member did the couchsurfing thing. Got roofied. icon_confused.gif


    And that's the post i was referencing. Just wondering if there were more positive experiences or if most were negative.
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:31 AM GMT

    If ONLY he regular posters weren't 2,000km out of the way............
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    Have you tried that Airbnb thing? It's not free. You're basically renting a room for a day or two in someone's house.
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:49 AM GMT
    xrichx saidHave you tried that Airbnb thing? It's not free. You're basically renting a room for a day or two in someone's house.


    I haven't, but do you think that's much different than Couchsurfing? Are they verified or something?
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:58 AM GMT
    Davis510 said
    xrichx saidHave you tried that Airbnb thing? It's not free. You're basically renting a room for a day or two in someone's house.


    I haven't, but do you think that's much different than Couchsurfing? Are they verified or something?
    Each host has ratings/reviews on the website. So you at least get some idea of what they're like before booking a room with them.

    https://www.airbnb.com/
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    Apr 05, 2013 6:26 AM GMT
    I just checked out the site. While it does seem legitimate, the prices are more similar to that of a center city hotel. I'm more looking for an option that'll allow me to see the city (e.g. new orleans or austin) without paying hotel prices.
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    Apr 05, 2013 7:00 AM GMT
    Shawnathan saidI'd be cautious of some people on RJ too. I'd stay with many of the regular posters though.

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    Apr 05, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    Never done it...however, there's always the cheaper brands of hotels. Super8, Motel6, Budget In....etc... that usually have rates of $79 + tax a night, depending on location.

    lots of rest areas on the interstate system have coupon books for hotels as well.

    if you've got a set plan and know exactly how much you're going to drive per day, and don't need a lot of flexibility, you can try using orbitz/travelocity/expedia to book ahead at a cheap rate too.
  • gqgarcon

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    Apr 05, 2013 2:33 PM GMT
    I've couch surfed in the US, Africa and Europe and have had great experiences every time. You can get a feel for the person in your conversations/communications, but it is a great way to meet new people and see new areas. This is assuming you are taking your time when making the move, but if you are arriving at 10pm and leaving at 7am the following morning, just stay at a cheap hotel (they'll be cheaper outside the east/west coasts). Drive to St. Louis the first night, then Albuquerque for the second.
  • austex85

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    Apr 05, 2013 2:39 PM GMT
    you can also try hostelworld.com; it's not free, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper than hotels and usually located in the convenient parts of town.
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    Apr 05, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
    my first boyfriend used that couch surfing site when he backpacked through europe for 2 years. He swears by it. Upon him back into the country he lives in Boston now and is considered a 'Hub'. So people constantly are in and out of his apartment from all over the world. He even has couch surfing parties lol Honestly- I don't trust people nearly as easily as he does. But he has had nothing but good experiences and swear by it.

    Best of luck!
  • Guycicle

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    Apr 05, 2013 4:11 PM GMT
    I've had nothing but great experiences using couchsurfing. The first time was a weekend in Salt Lake City and the second was in Juárez, Mexico, and again just a few months ago in Los Angeles. I'll be traveling again soon and plan to use it for the majority of my lodging.

    In some ways it's better and safer than hostels or hotels since you'll spend time with people who live in and are familiar with the area, and the experience will always be unique depending on who you stay with.

    As far as safety is concerned, I generally try to hit people up that have references and are relatively close to my age, to avoid any "conflict of interest" that could potentially turn things sour.

    Hope this helps, and safe travels : )
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Davis510 said
    xrichx saidOne RJ member did the couchsurfing thing. Got roofied. icon_confused.gif


    And that's the post i was referencing. Just wondering if there were more positive experiences or if most were negative.


    Can someone share the link to that thread?
    I couldn't find it in the search, but am curious... icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:25 PM GMT
    I've hosted quite a few times with Couchsurfing.org and only have great things to say about my experience with the site and the people who've stayed at my place. I have only surfed once but that was already with someone who had first surfed at my place so we already knew each other. I swear by the site! I would suggest reading the profiles thoroughly and only surfing at places that are verified and have references.

    Let me know if you have any further questions about my experience or the site!

    Jose
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    Apr 11, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    So... This leads to a follow-up question...

    Would it be inappropriate if i posted an itinerary on here asking for "couches"? I have a feeling it'll either get ignored or i'll get scolded (sometimes the forums isn't the friendliest of places)
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    Apr 11, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    Too bad the OP's trip doesn't include my location. I'd love to have a temporary couchsurfer who's NOT my type for a change. icon_twisted.gif

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    Apr 11, 2013 3:19 AM GMT

    Don't mind going out of my way! I definitely want to get the most out of the trip, so i'll be going out of my way quite a few times. (e.g. New Orleans, Austin, etc...)
  • highforthis

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    Apr 11, 2013 3:31 AM GMT
    Shawnathan said
    xrichx saidOne RJ member did the couchsurfing thing. Got roofied. icon_confused.gif

    I'm sure that's very rare.

    I'd be cautious of some people on RJ too. I'd stay with many of the regular posters though.


    As a not-so-regular poster, I'd say stay away from the regulars. Time spent on cyberspace is bound to breed creepiness icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 11, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    highforthis said
    Shawnathan said
    xrichx saidOne RJ member did the couchsurfing thing. Got roofied. icon_confused.gif

    I'm sure that's very rare.

    I'd be cautious of some people on RJ too. I'd stay with many of the regular posters though.


    As a not-so-regular poster, I'd say stay away from the regulars. Time spent on cyberspace is bound to breed creepiness icon_lol.gif



    Apparently so is not being a regular...

    (insert photo from your profile of you wearing purple hood here...)

    haha. ;)