Posts tagged with hosting:

Couchsurfing staff member Martina recounts her recent San Francisco adventures with her Czech Couchsurfers and why she loves hosting travelers.Read all about it on our Staff in the Wild blog!

Couchsurfing staff member Martina recounts her recent San Francisco adventures with her Czech Couchsurfers and why she loves hosting travelers.

Read all about it on our Staff in the Wild blog!

Ciro Miglionico wants to share “casa mia” or “my house” with fellow Couchsurfers.

Ciro Miglionico wants to share “casa mia” or “my house” with fellow Couchsurfers.

The Alboth family of Couchsurfers in Berlin, Germany, describe what they love about being a Couchsurfing family:

Most of them immediately get in contact with [our daughters] Hanna and Mila. Most of them, knowing before where they will stay, were bringing little gifts for them. Little dolls from other corners of the world. It’s all a bit like having the whole world in your flat, even when you don’t travel.”

Read more about their many Couchsurfing experiences on their blog!

“My very first experience of Couchsurfing and it was so wonderful! I am with my host Muhammad Ibrahim B Rahmat. There is so much out there waiting to be explored guys!”
~ Rifaqat Hussain

My very first experience of Couchsurfing and it was so wonderful! I am with my host Muhammad Ibrahim B Rahmat. There is so much out there waiting to be explored guys!”

Rifaqat Hussain

"This is my ‘guest book,’" says host Dick Finke. He allows Couchsurfers to sign their names right on his wall!

"This is my ‘guest book,’" says host Dick Finke. He allows Couchsurfers to sign their names right on his wall!

Couchsurfing host Simon Luethi keeps track of the his surfers through an interactive map. “The red dots are surfers, and the green line is a trip around the world I did a few years back!”

Couchsurfing host Simon Luethi keeps track of the his surfers through an interactive map. “The red dots are surfers, and the green line is a trip around the world I did a few years back!”

How to Write the Perfect Couchrequest

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There is no magic pill to help you find a Couchsurfing host. All it takes is a bit of time and some good old-fashioned elbow grease. Browse through profiles in the city you want to visit, maybe filter your search results, and message a few you think sound particularly interesting.

The content in said message counts. We took to Facebook and asked our most active hosts, what makes a good couchrequest? Here’s what they had to say:

Review the host’s profile before making any requests.

Make hosts feel that you want to stay at their place not just because you need a couch, but to build great friendships.
John Jason Molina

I receive a lot of request so I decided to put a little sentence somewhere in my profile and they have to copy this sentence.
Kevin Gauthier

Tell the host why you want to stay with them specifically.

A lady from Vienna came to stay with me. I had to accept because in her request she said: “I HAVE to come stay with you, I have three children [I, Tamar have two] and we are the same age!” How can you resist, eh? 
~ Tamar Dewey

The key point is to get an impression that the surfer-to-be has read through my profile and made reference to something.
~ Ersoy Erdemir

If you say you will bring chocolate and/or wine, I will probably host you.
Amber Maathuis 

Don’t send copy/paste requests.

Get your host’s name right! “Hi Alex” doesn’t work for me.
Gavin Chan 

Make sure your profile is compete!

Of course personalization is essential but please also pay attention to your profile and add photos! Not only pictures of places you’ve visited but pictures of yourself. When I decide if I am going to host someone, I try to figure out if we will get along and the couchsurfer’s face is one of those indicators: what are your expressions? How’s your behavior? Pictures can tell a lot. 
~ Olesya Shakhter 

Be yourself.

A good request makes me smile, a great one makes my day. 
Niels Claes 

A great couch request is when you know you can make friends with the person who wrote it. I don’t really think there’s more to it. 
Ro Dion

We should all be so lucky!

Share Your Host Stories

Have you been hosted by an incredible Couchsurfer? Couchsurfing hosts are what make this community so inspiring and we’d love nothing more than to hear about yours.

To share a story about your favorite Couchsurfing host, fill out this form.

stuckinastare:

The paintings that Chris made me in exchange for letting him and his dude friends crash in my living room last night. I think in honor of my first day at my new amazing job, I’m going to frame on of these and keep it at my desk at work :) 

stuckinastare:

The paintings that Chris made me in exchange for letting him and his dude friends crash in my living room last night. I think in honor of my first day at my new amazing job, I’m going to frame on of these and keep it at my desk at work :) 

Share your life by hosting a traveler in your home.

Share your life by hosting a traveler in your home.

How to become friends with a stranger:Gwendal, my second couchsurfer, this time from France, spent two days with me and it really was a pleasure to have him as a guest. We toured Duesseldorf and its surroundings, talked about everything under the sun and laughed a lot.
~ Robert Küppers
How to become friends with a stranger:

Gwendal, my second couchsurfer, this time from France, spent two days with me and it really was a pleasure to have him as a guest. We toured Duesseldorf and its surroundings, talked about everything under the sun and laughed a lot.

Robert Küppers

She´s my number one!
Lena, from Minsk, was, is and always will be my first Couchsurfer!I tried out something new and acted as a host, offering my couch to a person I had never met before. It was a bit of an adventure but Lena was the most friendly, clever and communicative person - just like I imagined my first Couchsurfer would be.
We talked all the time in English, discovered the Duesseldorf area and made a trip to Maastricht in the Netherlands where we really enjoyed three days with one another. We met as strangers and we left as friends. This is what CouchSurfing is supposed to be!
~ Robert Küppers

She´s my number one!

Lena, from Minsk, was, is and always will be my first Couchsurfer!

I tried out something new and acted as a host, offering my couch to a person I had never met before. It was a bit of an adventure but Lena was the most friendly, clever and communicative person - just like I imagined my first Couchsurfer would be.

We talked all the time in English, discovered the Duesseldorf area and made a trip to Maastricht in the Netherlands where we really enjoyed three days with one another. We met as strangers and we left as friends. This is what CouchSurfing is supposed to be!

Robert Küppers

burningjustforyou:

Yesterday I said farewell to Marusa and Ema. I hosted them for a couple nights in Edinburgh and yesterday they began their trip to the Scottish Highlands in their rental car. They will be back here on Thursday! Then they are going to T in the Park for the weekend - jealous. I am really going to miss these girls when they leave Scotland. We have such a blast and just laugh all the time. I suppose I’ll have to visit them in Slovenia sometime =)

burningjustforyou:

Yesterday I said farewell to Marusa and Ema. I hosted them for a couple nights in Edinburgh and yesterday they began their trip to the Scottish Highlands in their rental car. They will be back here on Thursday! Then they are going to T in the Park for the weekend - jealous. I am really going to miss these girls when they leave Scotland. We have such a blast and just laugh all the time. I suppose I’ll have to visit them in Slovenia sometime =)

Easily the funniest (and most useful) guide to how be a Couchsurfing host.