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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
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!
I got this reference today from lovely korean girls who stayed over at my place in Brugge. Especially the last sentence is so crucial for the idea of Couchsurfing. Making people love your city more because you were in it!
Heejae Jung has written the following reference about you on your profile:
"Sarah is unbelievable. she knows so well about east Asia even better than
me and my friends. and even me and my friends were late, she and her
husband were waiting for us and had dinner with us. She guided us for about
3 hours(!) and she was so perfect guide! She knows everything of Brugge and
she told us a lot of stories especially historical things about Brugge. It
was so fun and made us friendly to Brugge. she is very interesting and
funny. I’m sure that everyone would have good time with her. Because of
her, we love Brugge more :) thank you for everything we had in Brugge,
THIS^should be, as hosts, our GOAL! A happy guest is a good advertisement for the city you love! If you tell about your city with PASSION, that HAS to be transferred to your guests.
They come as strangers, but leave as friends. THAT is the true essence of Couchsurfing for me.