One of the hard things about any traveling is finding a good place to stay the night. If you're like me, I like to finding a place that's cheap...or Free.
Look no further than Couchsurfing!
I'm a HUGE advocate for this community and have had some of the best experiences traveling with this website. If you're curious or would like an overview of this site, watch the video below. Everything they mention is crucial to be a successful couchsurfer (CS).
So, I mentioned that it's usually free, and yeah, that's a big perk but it's also the experience you get to have being in someone else's home. Even if you have to pay for dinner, cook or do dishes, it a lot cheaper than staying at a hotel and you get to meet some very cool and exciting new people at your destination that will usually give you great advice!
Just like searching for a hotel, you have to do some research in the area that you want to stay in. Granted, as the couchsurfer, you need to put a bit of time in your profile and talk about yourself, but think about it; you don't want some random stranger to walk into your home not knowing anything about this person that's going to stay with you. Vise versa as a host as you won't really have people asking to stay at your place if you don't share a bit about themselves. You want to be able to know what the host is like and find out more about the person you are staying with.
If you're still unsure about this whole deal, just find a CS Gathering nearby and meet people. You'll meet a wide variety of people that are really into CS and they'll even tell you about their experiences through the organization.
Feel free to ask me any question about couchsurfing!
Just click on the link if you would like to see an example of my profile.