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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Zombie_Stomp, May 13, 2008.

  1. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    Post here if you are a member of Couchsurfing.com, if you have any comments, questions, or experiences you'd like to share. I have a profile (link in my signature below) and I am eager to gain some CS experience out on the road to Oregon. I just signed up for a verification and donated $25 to the site. I can't wait to meet some people!
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  2. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    I am aware of that thread, subscribe to it, and plan to utilize it on my journey as well. The main difference I see is that the couch surfing community is united solely for that cause, has a broader international base, and is centered around the couch or spare bedroom. The tent space list is limited to motorcyclists, and is just that, a tent space list, which makes it less intrusive for the host. That said, I did see quite a few hosts that were offering a bed or couch. I was curious to see how many ADV'ers were also affiliated with CS. Anders Green, for example, is on there, and boosted my rating by giving me a positive comment based on his encounter with me at one of the Eastern NC ADVrider dinner.

    One other thing is that the CS community doesn't charge money to use either, but if you want to be a "verified" member, that is, your identity is verified for security, since this is an international thing and for security in general, you can pay some money to the cause. I decided to do so in order to build a better reputation faster.
    So, Bump! I still want to know who is using the site, nationally or internationally! (and to spread awareness for those travelling abroad, etc...)!!
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  3. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    I'm on couch surfing. I've hosted three travelers, two couples and a solo guy.

    I like the philosophy, but I've already started to think couchsurfing is too big for it's breeches. I get form-letter requests to surf my couch. I've had people ask me to surf my couch, I offer them a place to stay, and then I never hear back.

    The first travelers I hosted were nice and quiet, but they overstayed our agreed time, they wanted to store some things here when they left, and they borrowed a friend's bicycle for far too long. They were basically living in Memphis by couch surfing. That wasn't cool.

    The other two travelers I hosted were great. A British couple arrived by car and stayed two days. I made dinner for them each night and we talked late into the night. I also had a Swiss guy arrive by train. He only stayed the night and left early in the morning, but we had a beer together and he told me about his travels.

    Jamie
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  4. dirtgirl7

    dirtgirl7 Adventurer

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    Been using couchsurfing on my trip thru mexico and central america. Have only had really good experiences, I've met locals, got tips on what to see/do in their hometown, (otherwise you sometimes feel like your on the 'gringo trail') I usually buy a bunch of bananas, mangos and papayas when I arrive so as I dont show up emply handed. I am after all costing them abit in using their hotwater, toilet paper, shower. Terrific idea they get my vote. Only thing in mexico it seems like a bit of a dating site with so many 'meet me for coffee/drink' members. Looking forward to hosting people when I return home. Also for same concept go to global freeloaders.com and hospitalityclub.com.
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  5. whiteknucklemc

    whiteknucklemc Been here awhile

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    I've been a member since 2006 and I love it. I have hosted people from Belgium, Germany, Canada, Taiwan and India as well as plenty of domestic travelers. I have also surfed myself on my trip trough Canada last year.
    I am headed down to Guadalajara in November for the El Dia De Los Muertos festival and have host's lined up in Hermasillo, Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Pazcuaro.

    I am also couch surfing on my trip to Bosnia next year.

    The only thing I would recommend is to make sure the people you host have a full profile including references and a voucher or two. I have not had any bad experiences yet but I'm sure I will eventually; you have to take the bad with the good.

    http://www.couchsurfing.com/profile.html


    We also have local CS meetings on the third Saturday of every month which is a good way to buid up your own references and vouchers.

    Ziveli!!!

    Perry
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  6. dcsdiego

    dcsdiego Traveler, Adventure Rider

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    In Sedona I met a guy from London who worked off his computer. He had been traveling since november for 5 mos and only had to use hotel three times. Malaysia, australia, new zealand, india, hawaaii. He said great things about it. Mostly couch, sometimes bed. Said he never met a waco or felt uncomfortable.
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  7. whiteknucklemc

    whiteknucklemc Been here awhile

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  8. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    hah. It's a commercial for t-mobile, and makes no direct reference to couchsurfing.com, but it's pretty clearly pro-CS to those who know it exists. Then there's another one that comes up after it called F*ck you, T-Mobile. That one's hilarious!
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  9. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    This girl from New Zealand stayed at my house for two nights.

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    Jamie
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  10. Pistola

    Pistola Adventurer

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    I had Someone stay with me a few years ago and it was a great experience. I wanted to do some couch surfing down in Baja, but of all the people that replied, they were all out of town. I would recommend it
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  11. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Nice. Maybe I should sign my love-seat up for this :lol3
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  12. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Did you hit it?
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  13. shezonit

    shezonit just a few more miles,eh?

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    last year-- have not any visitors yet- one says he is coming thru next week-?? i have travelled a lot in my life and slept on a lot of couches, so it's very natural to offer same to travellers.
    travellers are usually good souls ( like me)
    try it out!
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  14. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Have registered myself on CS:

    http://www.couchsurfing.com/people/dirty

    But haven't made much effort to using it properly.


    Im more active on a similar site called Hospitality Club

    http://secure.hospitalityclub.org/hc/travel.php?cid=Poclain


    Have just had 1 visit so far from some students from poland that came up north in sweden to see some band performing on a festival where i live.

    Only demand i have is that the people i host can show me identifications and that im allowed to take a copy/picture of the ID just for safety.

    Might get a visitor from russia later this summer but i think many write to several people trying to find a place to stay that might be why many ask for accomodations but never write back since they found another place to stay.

    /Johan
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  15. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    I'm currently hosting a motorcycle traveler. Well, sort of. Here's after he arrived and unloaded his bike:

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    Here he loads up the next day.

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    We were going to ride together for half a day out to northwest Arkansas. Here I got a picture not long after we left Memphis.

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    And just seconds after that shot was taken, smoke started coming from his right pipe. Trouble.

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    We stopped on the side of the road to investigate. A local stopped to help us and after pulling the spark plug on that side and turning the crank, we saw the trouble through the little hole. The piston had a dime-size hole in it. :eek1

    The guy who stopped negotiated to buy the bike right there on the side of the road.

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    Dude got a great deal. :cry And was quite a jackass, too.

    So... back to my house. Both of us and all our gear on my bike. Sorry no pics of that, it was dark by that time. But we made a great dinner in the evening.

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    He's got a new plan for crossing the country. Hopping freight trains. :huh

    Jamie
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  16. snadam

    snadam yes, I am a n00b

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    +1 for Couchsurfing...

    I've been on there for a while, hosted a few people one of which was a kid doing his first longish motorcycle ride. I don't live in an area that is all that exciting so not too many people ask to crash here. However, when they do it's always a good time.

    I've used the site to arrange places to stay and it's always been fantastic. I've surfed here and Canada met many great people and made a few real friends. One girl I met in Pittsburgh, then visited her in Ontario and soon she'll be meeting me in upstate New York. A guy I met at the same time in Pittsburgh just emailed me today ane we'll be meeting in NYC when he returns from surfing in europe.

    Bottom line is that the site has something to offer if you like to travel, have an open mind, and a good heart.

    Adam
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  17. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    It's been 5 months since anyone posted or replied. I just wanted to come back and pprovide closure for this subject. I surfed 11 couches on my big trip. There were a lot of good times and 0% creepiness. I even had my 24th birthday on the road in Albuquerque.

    From Mikel Weisser
    <small> Kingman, United States
    <sup>Oct 15</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Joel was a really sweet kid, probably one of the nicest young American men i have met through couch surfing. He was very, helpful, enthused, and really got along well with everybody. Interested in others. What a great trait to take when you travel.
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    For Mikel Weisser
    <small> Kingman, United States
    <sup>Sep 23</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Mikel is an amazing person with some very interesting stories and very bright, funny family members. I wish I had been able to be a little more focused when I finally got a chance to hang out and talk to him, his stories, theme park, and library are really captivating. I really enjoyed my stay at his ranch. Mega fun!

    [​IMG]From Joel Wedrick
    <small> San Luis Obispo, United States
    <sup>Oct 2</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Mr. Thomas (my friend the other Joel with an L) was my very first hosting experience, and a good reason that I'll continue to host CSs. Joel is considerate with others' couches, stuff, time and trust. He's as articulate & witty in person as his blog is to read (do check out his online travelogue), so beware the verbal zingers he slips in so casually. No worries if he shows up on his dualsport bike wearing cruddy riding/mechanics coveralls. Once he zips off & folds those up and pulls out his iBook, he might've just emerged from the coffee shop for all you know. Joel mentions in his profile that he does minor repairs where needed - ya know, I bet he'd do a damn good job at it.
    I admire this guy's maturity as well as the diverse knowledge he already shows. And now he's out there to experience more of the big ol' world toward his own further development. Lend him a warm & comfy couch - he's worthy.
    Joel word-up, yo... when ya get to Portland - grease-cutting TIDE for that riding suit :)

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    For Joel Wedrick
    <small> San Luis Obispo, United States
    <sup>Sep 30</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Terms like "easy going" and "fun" get thrown around in thee references a lot, but in this case I mean it. Sharing a common first name and love for motorcycles, we of course hit it off talking about the bikes for a while. (read: me jabbering about all the nuances of doing an engine swap garrulously, and him actually listening!) But wait! You don't have to have a common interest with him to have a good time! How would I know this, you ask? Well, I'll let you in on it, we Joels are very adaptable to many different types of people and situations.


    [​IMG]From Alison Cebulla
    <small> Berkeley, United States
    <sup>Oct 2</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Joel is a really fun guy! He is easy to talk to, has great ideas, and an amazing blue jumpsuit. Hope to meet up with him again someday!

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    For Alison Cebulla
    <small> Berkeley, United States
    <sup>Oct 2</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Alison is truly tons of fun and told great stories when presented with the idea of making one up for someone you've never met before. Her potluck ruled and I wish I could go back to that night!


    [​IMG]From Aaron Spencer
    <small> Jackson, United States
    <sup>Sep 30</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Joel is a great guy, very interesting, and he can sell you some earrings (bonus!)

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    For Aaron Spencer
    <small> Jackson, United States
    <sup>Sep 13</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Aaron was kind enough to host me in a moments notice and we went out and had a good time as well. He and his roommates are kind folk, I'm glad they're a part of the CS community in Jackson, they came through for me in a time of need while hurricane Gustav was coming through.


    [​IMG]From BENNYTHEICEPICK
    <small> Albuquerque, United States
    <sup>Sep 23</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Joel was quite the surprise. He's got a whole deck of cards up his sleeve. When he rolled in on his motorcycle, looking like an astronaut in his blue jumpsuit, with his hand-made luggage rack, I figured him for a mechanic, but I never would've suspected him for a plumber, electrician, cook, massage therapist, artist, and neon aficionado. Seriously, there's nothing this guy can't do, and based on my experience, nothing he won't do. Biking around town, shopping for vintage motorcycle gear, chatting it up with art gallery owners, being completely at home in a party full of strangers, or rocking out at a concert, this guy will adapt to any situation without batting an eye. Oh, and his review of me is waaaay too hyperbolic to be taken seriously, so I can call him a master of sarcasm as well!

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    For BENNYTHEICEPICK
    <small> Albuquerque, United States
    <sup>Sep 23</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    I happened to be traveling through Albuquerque on my 24th birthday, and Benny Thee Icepick made it the best birthday in my life, I am completely serious! He took me everywhere and his level of trust was high, leaving me keys to all kinds of stuff. I love this man to his soul and he really is generous almost to a fault. I just don't know what else to say, he really is the soul brother you just haven't met yet. Sense of humor, generosity, trust, works for causes he believes in, and sure knows how to show you a good time. I can't think of any reason you wouldn't want to meet him. BENNY RUUULES!


    [​IMG]From Isaac Shaffer and Marguerite Hendrie
    <small> Flagstaff, United States
    <sup>Sep 17</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Our instinct is to say, "wow Joel's parents did an amazing job raising him!" --but that's not really fair--for despite claiming that he just turned 14, Joel is certainly his own adult person. But his positive attitude and curiosity makes him seem younger--not so jaded and cynical I guess! So, we said to him, "Joel, make yourself at home." What does he do? He splits a whole stack of wood for us! He is a problem solver and certainly doesn't need to have everything handed to him---in fact that would probably annoy him. He's got a terrific attitude, a natural curiosity, and a great sense of humor. Hopefully we'll get to see him on a new adventure someday.

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    For Isaac Shaffer and Marguerite Hendrie
    <small> Flagstaff, United States
    <sup>Sep 17</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    These two are model human beings with big, open hearts of gold. I enjoyed every second of their company, and will make every effort to see them again in any future travels. Isaac accommodated my mechanical needs more than sufficiently and I'd again like to thank him for the 6mm socket and adapter, and the mechanical curiosity and wisdom he related was priceless. Marguerite, I loved her candor (me:"did I sound bitchy?" 'yeah.' haha), wit, and humor, and wish we could have been around one another more. I'll make it a weekend next time! Or come to Portland once I'm set up! Love these guys!


    [​IMG]From Jeremy Hollinger
    <small> Austin, United States
    <sup>Sep 17</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Joel is a great person, a man for machines, a machined man? A wonderful chap to have around and he'll do your dishes and smile! A+!

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    For Jeremy Hollinger
    <small> Austin, United States
    <sup>Sep 13</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Jeremy and his roommates are some very warm, kindhearted people. The potluck had a lot of people I would also describe as such. They're pretty well established in the Couchsurfing community, so if you're looking into possibly living in Austin, they would be a good resource. Plus they have cute kittens! Oh and I had a blast cleaning up after the potluck and cooking breakfast. I feel at ease in their company.


    [​IMG]From Jason Frey
    <small> Abilene, United States
    <sup>Sep 13</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    He was a great suferer! He was up for anything. I had rehearsal that night...and he just went with me with no complaints. Very Friendly and open.

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    For Jason Frey
    <small> Abilene, United States
    <sup>Sep 13</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Jason's a great host. I had a fun time checking out his play rehearsal and the enchanting 40's Auditorium and it's corridors and rooms in the dark at his school, Hardin-Simmons in Abilene. (just my cup of tea!) Place has some history. A warm, kind soul.


    [​IMG]From Lizzie Wright
    <small> Jackson, United States
    <sup>Sep 5</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Joel is a very special person. He's very independent and authentic. He's easy going and fun! and up for a good time. he was a very polite guest. my first couchsurfer! he made me an excellent breakfast. and he accompanied me around jackson happily and made each event we attended more fun and interesting. he's also a talented craftsman and jeweler. it was a pleasure to meet joel.

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    For Lizzie Wright
    <small> Jackson, United States
    <sup>Sep 7</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    I regard Lizzy very highly. She is a talented Photographer, Musician, Hostess, Traveler, and Writer. She has great taste in music, art, food, tea and fashion. She has soul and character. The coolest stuff happens with her around, we actually encountered someone I knew from all the way back in NC whom she knew already! Wild! So much fun to be with, and as an already good singer, blows the speakers off of the stage in karaoke! What great times we had. Oh and the Fig preserves!!


    [​IMG]From KITARAIN
    <small> Tuscaloosa, United States
    <sup>Sep 2</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    You're very welcome! lol. I totally enjoyed your company. Too bad you had to go so soon, would have been fun to show you some of the cool stuff around here.
    Thanks for being a wonderful guest :) good luck in your travels!

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    For KITARAIN
    <small> Tuscaloosa, United States
    <sup>Sep 2</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Thanks for a very positive first official couch surfing experience!
    -another satisfied pro-Kitarain surfer


    [​IMG]From Anders Green
    <small> Cary, United States
    <sup>Apr 29</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    We met at a local ADVRider.com dinner. He was the only person brave (determined? crazy?) enough to ride his motorcycle there in the snow. Snow in *North Carolina*, which we generally don't optimize our tires for. :) Friendly and easy going.

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    For Anders Green
    <small> Cary, United States
    <sup>Jun 9</sup></small> [​IMG] [​IMG] Positive
    Anders is a kind person who offered use of his metal shop to fabricate some motorcycle acessories for my upcoming trip. I was sad when our schedules didn't allow fir this to happen, but I am honored by the generosity and trust extended to me. We met at an ADV Rider dinner, and I can say with confidence that he is a trustworthy, kind individual.
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  18. Becktastic

    Becktastic Bonzai Becky

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    Couchsurfing is awesome! I've hosted/surfed over fifty times and yeah I have a couple stories about awkward guests and such but it's also contributed to some of the best experiences of my life. :)
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  19. ZacDiggity

    ZacDiggity RTWOGTFO

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    Misawa, Japan
    I've been signed up for CS since 2007 but only recently hosted my first and then immediate second guests. Both were couples (1x F+F and 1x F+M). I've had a great time with it so far and fully plan to capitalize on it during my future trips.
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  20. Keepiru

    Keepiru Adventurer

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    Denver, CO
    I'm on couchsurfing, same name, and host and surf with people all the time.

    Don't forget to join the Motorcycle Riders group.
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