Just finished reading Derek Mansfield's book about riding across Russia, Mongolia and the 'Stans --a trip I had to call off for this May :-( He did couchsurfing quite a bit and met some fascinating people. I tried to to make use of the Couchsurfing site to link up with people in northern Scandinavia two summers ago and again last year in Central Europe. Didn't get very far. Seems if no one has ever stayed with you then you are an unknown entity and maybe not trustworthy. Anyone have experience with it or any tips for how to use it and actually get an invitation to stay over night?