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Couchsurfing
« on: August 17, 2014, 06:43:00 PM »
M kids are hoping to travel Europe at very low cost with couchsurfing.  Does anyone have experience with that or have any suggestions on dos and don'ts?

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Re: Couchsurfing
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014, 07:54:20 PM »
I've never done it, but I have plenty of friends who have.  I was never brave enough to try it and never had a need.  There are defintiely plenty of ways to travel on the cheap - hostels being another good and cheap option.  Like with anything though just make sure they do their due diligence - read reviews!!! I've stayed in some filthy (to me) hostels and some hostels that were nicer than some hotels. 

The website also has a lot of great networking opportunities for meeting other travelers.  When I was in France, my roommates frequently went to the meet ups even though we were renting an apartment and didn't host any couch surfers. 

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Re: Couchsurfing
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 08:33:47 AM »
Don't -- couchsurf with opposite gender hosts.  A few girls I know regularly couchsurfed...it stopped when they woke up to a dude smelling their hair & used clothing while doing other "inappropriate" stuff (by himself thankfully).  Interpretations of "payment" differ from country to country.

I've also heard horror stories of hosts who have multiple other roommates -- none of whom agreed to allow random people to sleep over.  Nothing like being evicted at midnight in a foreign country where you don't speak the language, because the other tenants got back from a night out and want their bedroom back.

Hostels aren't too expensive, even in Europe, and if your kids are traveling together or with other friends they can probably get a private room (4 walls & a door that locks all the crazies out) for 20-50 Euro together depending on where they are.  Definitely worth the piece of mind in my book.