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5 Ways You Can Experience the Best Travel Ever With Couchsurfing

Shay Meinecke 13-07-2016

Couchsurfing Couchsurfing Lets You Find a Place to Stay Over When Travelling Read More has, once again, changed the way you travel.


How so? By releasing Hangouts, a new update to the travel site that promises “to easily find nearby Couchsurfers, and make plans to meet up.”

The new update promises to better bring together travelers from around the world to learn about culture, share food, and have fun. And with Hangouts, you can easily do so.

Tips and Tricks for More Hangouts

Though the Hangouts feature is incredibly easy and fun to use, there are also a few more Couchsurfing tips and tricks 6 Tricks You Need To Know To Stay Safe Using Couchsurfing Do you use Couchsurfing, Hospitality Club or similar to meet like-minded people when you travel? How do you stay safe when using these networks? Read More you can take advantage of that you might not have thought of before.

By making use of these tips together with the new Hangouts feature, your trips are sure to be more fun. So, be sure to do the following things.


Join More Couchsurfing Hangouts

To get started with Couchsurfing Hangouts, click Browse Hangouts under the Dashboard on the Homepage, which will bring you to a page of people in your area who have requested to hang out. As of right now, visiting a museum, playing soccer, grabbing a beer or coffee, sharing a meal, or simply hanging out are the standard options.

If none of the mentioned activity ideas pique your interest, you can easily add your own request for a chance to begin a new adventure with someone nearby. I’ve noticed in my somewhat small European city that quite a few people have already taken advantage of the app, and have posted several unique requests for things to do in my area.

If you do find something interesting, tap the Let’s Hangout button and ask to join. By connecting with someone, you’ll be featured at the top of the list with the people you’ve connected with, giving others the chance to join if that’s something you’d like.

When you do make a request for people to hang out, it’ll last for two hours. So, be sure to update if need be. If you attempt to join with someone out of your range, which appears to be more than 40 miles away, Couchsurfing will ask if you’re sure you’d like to make the request. Click Yes to connect. You can even request to join people over 100 miles from your current destination, if you plan on traveling further from your area.


If all of this sounds great, be sure to download the official Couchsurfing app for your iPhone or Android. You’ll be happy you did!

Post in Local Couchsurfing Discussions

Posting in a local discussion thread (or group page) will help you meet people via Hangouts.


For example, if you start a local discussion thread and include your travel plans, more people will know your interests and can plan accordingly. If they notice you’re live on Hangouts, they’ll most likely ask to tag along, knowing that you’re on your way to grab a beer, visit a museum, or chill. Being proactive and outgoing pays off, which runs into the next tip.

Be Clear and Concise

Being clear and concise about your travel plans is an easy way for people to know when to organize a Hangout.

While it’s great to post your holiday travel plans, it’s much better to do so in a way that people can understand. Writing a wall of text that doesn’t get to the point or is hard to read can turn people off from joining you for a pint of beer, for example.


Use English as Well as the Local Language

Using both English and the local language ensures that people on Couchsurfing can understand your request.

While this might be debated in the comment section below, using English and the local language together is a good way to get more people to join you for a trip or a Hangout. Plus, I find it to be respectful, as I often try to use the local language while in a foreign country.

And while you might not speak the local language, you can easily translate your original text with Google or another translation service. It might not be perfect, but trying goes a long way.

Be Open to New Experiences

Be willing to try something new!

Traveling is all about new experiences, so be sure to consider things you’ve never done before. Trying new foods and stepping outside of your comfort zone, could help you discover something you love. So, be willing to give that new experience a shot!

Also, being open lets your host, Hangout partner, or guest learn more about you and where you come from, which really makes the traveling experience something to remember. If you like to stay in your shell, that’s cool, but be respectful about it, which brings up my next tip.

Be a Friendly Traveler

Whether you’re hosting, crashing, or hanging out, being a courteous and fun traveler will make for a better vacation. You don’t have to enjoy every second of your travel experiences, but being nice about what you don’t enjoy is better than being rude or evasive.

Use the Couchsurfing Store

Last but not least, using the official Couchsurfing store will help you save money on travel How You Can Use Social Media to Save on Travel By keeping up with social media trends, applying for the right gigs, and knowing what social sites and apps are best, you can fund your next adventure with ease. So, read more, save, and travel! Read More -related gear and gadgets.

Couchsurfing frequently updates their “swag store” with “t-shirts, hats, and other items to celebrate the Couchsurfing experience.” Most of their travel bundles are inexpensive and themed, meaning you’ll get everything you need for your beach, hiking, or travel event plans. Be sure to check out their store for your travel needs!

If you have any other tips, please let us know in the comment section below.

Experience More with Couchsurfing

Touted as one of the best travel sites out there 3 Ways To Take Advantage Of The Travel Network CouchSurfing CouchSurfing is an online network that connects travelers and locals. Originally based on the idea that travelers need a place to sleep and many people have a spare couch, CouchSurfing has long grown beyond just... Read More , Couchsurfing’s new Hangout update is sure to help more people get together to do things they love, and will surely help you enjoy new experiences with new people 6 Tools to Find Awesome People with Similar Interests Connecting with new people can help you get more out of life. Take the plunge and start making new friends who share your interests Read More , which is what traveling is all about.

If you haven’t already joined Couchsurfing, now is a great time to do so! So, give it a shot and get involved in some Hangouts!

What experiences have you made with Hangouts? What tips do you suggest? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 16, 2016 at 8:32 am

    This sounds like a good way to meet new people without having to crash on a stranger's couch. Cool!

    • Shay Meinecke
      July 21, 2016 at 6:26 am

      Agreed. I highly recommend Hangouts for this very reason. Even if you get a hotel, you can still use couchsurfing to meet new people and have a great time. Works for me!

  2. CM
    July 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Great info! Thanks!

    • Shay Meinecke
      July 21, 2016 at 6:28 am

      glad you liked it! What in particular made you enjoy this article, if you don't mind me asking.