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What is Couchsurfing like as a Host?

August 25, 2017|Lena
what is couchsurfing like as a host

Authors Note: Non of the experiences in this post are in any way sponsored and have all been payed for by ourselves. The opinions stated are all our own and have not been influenced in any way.

One week ago I signed up to Couchsurfing at couchsurfing.com
It is a website that connects travelers with hosts from all over the world. It is a way to find a free accommodation with a local person, thereby saving money, getting valuable tips about your destination and having a strong social component.
 
So it is exactly the thing we are interested in. If you want to know all about the sign-up process, whether you should get verified or not and what kind of functions Couchsurfing has read this post.
 
Now let's talk about what it is like to be a host on Couchsurfing.
So what is it like to host someone?
Let me tell you about my first experience.
 
Within one week of signing up to Couchsurfing I had 4 requests.
The first request was from an Australian couple that had been traveling through Japan for a couple of days. They were looking for a place to stay in Tokyo and sent me a lengthy message about their trip, their wish to meet people to make their stay more enjoyable and what interests we had in common.
They were new to Couchsurfing, having stayed with only one other person before, somewhere else in Japan.
 
Since I didn’t have any plans for the weekend yet I decided I could let them stay for one night from Friday to Saturday and spend Saturday showing them around.
 
So we made a plan. They would arrive on Friday night after I had finished working and we would figure everything else out after that.
 
Brady and Tara arrived on Friday night and we went to have some Sushi for dinner because one point on their Japan bucket list was a Sushi restaurant with a train. I love Sushi and we have a restaurant with a Sushi train near our house and that's where I took them.
sushi train ningyocho
We got to know each other and talked about where they had been in Japan, and what they still wanted to do. We also talked about our homes, work, relationship and anything else that comes to mind when you first meet someone.
 
After dinner, we went back to my place and they got settled in. Tara sleeping on the bed, Brady on the couch. We had decided to go to Kamakura the next day because they hadn’t made it to Kyoto and so they hadn’t really seen many temples yet. Tara also wanted to go to the beach, and so Kamakura was the perfect destination for both activities.
 
We got up early in the morning, taking a one-hour train ride to Kamakura and started out by visiting the Great Buddha.
with couchsurfing guests in kamakura japan

Our next stop was Hase Dera Temple.

hase dera temple in kamakura

We got hungry and had a Japanese lunch of Udon noodles.

udon in kamakura

Our last stop for the day was Kamakura beach. Where we relaxed a little bit, refreshed ourselves in the (unfortunately a little bit dirty) ocean and just talked about different things, like travel plans and weddings.

kamakura beach
I will soon publish a detailed blog post about Kamakura as a destination for a day trip from Tokyo.
 
We took the train back home at around 6 and after packing their bags at our place we said our goodbyes. As a small thank you I got two postcards from Tasmania, where they are from, with messages of gratitude.

My Conclusion About Hosting on Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a great way to meet people from all over the world. I made some new friends, learned new things and got a new perspective learning about living in Tasmania, Australia.

There are so many other ways to be social and travel socially. Here is a list. And if you are hosting on Couchsurfing you feel as if you are traveling while at home, there is a post for you with other ideas to keep the travel spirit alive while at home.

I recommend you try Couchsurfing for yourself. By the way I also have all the info about what it is like to be a Couchsurfing guest. And some Gift ideas for your next Couchsurfing host.

Do you have any experience couchsurfing? Tell me about it in the comments. Also let me know if you have any bad experiences.

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Lena

Authors Note: Non of the experiences in this post are in any way sponsored and have all been payed for by ourselves. The opinions stated are all our own and have not been influenced in any way.

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