Looking for a place to stay on a budget? Need an insider’s guide to a travel destination? Couch Surfing is a non-profit network of over a million travelers that share a common interest in travel, friendship, and cultural exchange. Open your house up and offer your couch to wanderers and in return for the comfort of millions of couches around the world. The greatest part of couch surfing is that it is entirely FREE!
Couch Surfing is not something I have yet to try myself, but several of my friends have been highly successful on their ‘surfing’ endeavors, both here in Japan and abroad. Couch Surfing allows you to get off the beaten path and see parts of Japan you may not have otherwise seen by following the tourist-route, and meet plenty of interesting people along the way. A simple search in Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo or Okinawa will bring up an extensive list of both Japanese and foreign ‘surfers’ with warm couches available for travelers. Hotels can get pricey in Japan, and Couch Surfing can alleviate some of the financial burden of exploring this country.
From the travel tales of friends who have used Couch Surfing extensively, it is a safe and reliable way of traveling on a budget. Couch Surfing profiles are extensive and detailed and often include photos of the host and their home. Previous Couch Surfers can post comments and references so you know if they are a reliable and safe host.
The more active and detailed your personal profile, the better!
If you want to try Couch Surfing out for yourself, pop on to the website and start up a profile. It is a bit of a daunting task to fill in all the details, but the more you write about yourself, the more others will trust you. Include photos of yourself, your hobbies, and interesting places you have been. Consider opening up your own house for travelers to stay, to build more of a repertoire for yourself. Invite your friends to join, and write references for each other. The more active and detailed your personal profile, the better!
Japan is a fantastic place to start your Couch Surfing experience. It is relatively safe and easy to get around. Building a solid Couch Surfing profile while you are in Japan can open more opportunities while traveling back home and abroad.
For more information visit the Couch Surfing website.