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Why You’re Not Getting Hosted on Couchsurfing (and What to Do About It)

Shay Meinecke 08-08-2016

People love Couchsurfing 5 Ways You Can Experience the Best Travel Ever With Couchsurfing The new Couchsurfing 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. Read More . The evidence is in the numbers. More than 10 million people crash on couches all over the world. It’s an amazing resource for anyone wanting to do more on their travels. And it’s even better when you actually crash on a couch.


Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Many people find it difficult to find hosts or people willing to help on their travels.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can always find a host. All you have to do is read and find out more!

Boost Your Couchsurfing Experience

To find hosts and have more fun on your travels, the first thing you should do is boost your profile. And thankfully, there are a number of ways to do so.


Here are some sure fire tips to enjoy Couchsurfing.

Add Better Photos

As the tweet above explains, adding pictures is a necessary first step to find hosts. And because this is a travel site, including pictures from your travel adventures is a great idea.

Be sure to also include photos that are bright and clear, fun and full of personality. A friendly face goes a long way.


Couchsurfing only allows GIF, JPG, or PNG photos. If that perfect picture of you isn’t in the right format, be sure to convert your photo online for free 10 Free Online Batch Image Tools to Resize, Convert & Optimize You need batch editing tools when you have lots of photos to process and very little time. We introduce you to the best batch resizers, optimizers, or converters available online. Read More . Try not to include blurry photos, as guests with these types of pictures are more often rejected.

In addition, your profile should always include at least one photo of you, so that guests can get to know who they’re meeting.

Detail Your Experiences

Your About Me section should be personable and informative. It should also include your traveling experiences and interests, as these are more than often what people notice first.


Countries you’ve visited are also nice to include, and really informs your host more of where you’ve gone and what you’ve done. Be fun and fill out your experiences!

Send Better Messages

Which runs into my next tip: Send better messages.

A personable message about what you want to do, why you want to be hosted, your travel dates, and what you can share is best. And remember: Never send inappropriate messages!


Use Message Templates

Message templates are great for sending information about yourself when finding hosts. You can create a template in any message and save it for later use. But don’t forget: Personal messages work best, so be sure to write requests that are unique for each potential host.

Also note: People who live in popular cities often get many messages, so you’ll most likely have to send multiple messages to potential hosts, which is why message templates can be helpful.

Use Multiple Languages

Including translated messages in your messages and About Me section can be helpful for hosts.

If you’re requesting to stay with someone who doesn’t speak your language, be sure to translate your message with Google or another service. Including English and your native language on your profile is also a good idea.

To do this: You can use a wide selection of online translation services, many of which have gotten better and better over time. For me, Google Translate works fine. But there are others that are just as good.

Write (Good) References

References are essential. They’re great for potential hosts who want to know more about you and your past Couchsurfing experiences. They give other people a chance to read about your personality and know more of who you are.

The more references you have, the better chance you have of getting hosted again.

Write (Bad) References

Unfortunately, not every experience is good. If you’ve had a negative encounter, be sure to write about it. Every reference you include, even negative one, will help the Couchsurfing community.

If you’ve noticed an unwanted review on your profile, you do have the option of submitting it to Couchsurfing’s support team, who will look over your request.

Use Filters to Find Hosts

When finding hosts, you have the option to filter people you’d like to meet. There are a number of filters, including Join Date, Language, Interests, Age, Gender, and Radius, to name a few. All of these will help you match with a host more likely able to help you out during your travels, so be sure to use it.

Couchsurfing isn’t a Dating Website

Last but certainly not least, Couchsurfing is not a dating website. It never has been and it never will be. If someone is wanting to crash on your couch, they want to crash on your couch. If someone contacted you on Tinder 10 Funny Tinder Pick-Up Lines and Jokes You Should Definitely Try When you match with someone on Tinder, you need to stand out! Here are some of the best Tinder pick-up lines and jokes to try. Read More , OkCupid, or another dating site Tinder for Adults: The 5 Best Senior Dating Sites Looking for adult dating sites for seniors. We got five of the best dating sites for a more mature audience. Read More , then yes, they might want to date you.

Use Couchsurfing as intended, and I’m sure you’ll have more fun.

Travel and Do More!

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By doing all the above, you’ll find that your chances of getting hosted will improve. If you’ve done everything and still can’t find a host, remember to be as active as possible in the Couchsurfing community. Go to local events, meet people via Hangouts, connect your social media channels to add your friends, and be active on the discussions page. One more thing: Host! The more you host, the most chances you have of getting hosted!

What problems have you had with Couchsurfing? Do you find it difficult to find hosts? Tell us your thoughts in the section below.

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  1. Penny
    May 15, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    It's quite difficult to hang out and do the Couchsurfing Meetup thing in a city when, whenever you go somewhere, hosts you've arranged to stay with welch on you once you get there and leave you stranded at the airport or train station and you have to use the dodgy wi-fi there to scramble to try to find another host - especially when you've busted your butt getting an arrangement that was for a couple of weeks or so and then you're left stuck in the train station trying to do the last-minute thing which seems to be always expected to be for ONE night only. As I type this, I sit here stuck at DeGaulle Airport with, every few days or so someone offers me ONE NIGHT on their couch. When I'd asked originally for two weeks. So basically what I'm saying is that Couchsurfing lately has wound me up spending weeks on end at Airports everywhere.
    Getting a long-term stint on someone's "couch" is soul-crushingly difficult as it is; then having them go South on you at the last minute and either living at the Airport or bouncing from couch to couch one-night here, one-night there...that wastes taxi fare going from house to house every day or so.
    Now, in SOME cities, the Airport isn't that bad, and "turns a blind eye" on long-term inhabitants as long as we stay out of sight and look like the rest of the stranded travellers. Right now I'm in the very Airport that the real-life "Terminal Man" inhabited for 18 years...but Mexico City, that was a living nightmare....made me want to kill myself and have done with this so-called "life."
    So yeah, it's quite difficult to "get involved in the Couchsurfing community where you are" when you're stuck wheeling your luggage all around town with you wherever you go - as the airport SmartCartes don't fit through the turnstiles on the Metro even if you could get out of the Airport with them.