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Old 05-19-2009, 09:13 PM
 
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:20 PM
 
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People offering a place to sleep in their houses, all over the world:

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Yeah, I have a friend who used this service when traveling to Europe!
(she's braver than I am, lol).

She ended up meeting a nice Spanish guy in Madrid, a med student, and now they're engaged.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:22 PM
 
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Yeah, I have a friend who used this service when traveling to Europe!
(she's braver than I am, lol).

She ended up meeting a nice Spanish guy in Madrid, a med student, and now they're engaged.
Awwwwwwwww
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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My roommate was a part of this, and it was very uncomfortable to have people we didn't know staying in our house.

They were all wonderfully nice and fun, but I always worried about who might be the exception..
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:23 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Yeah, you gotta watch out for the 'Axe-murderers'. (of which there are plenty)

Haven't tried couch surfing, but been using, and hosting from guest home directories for over 15 yrs (started with a homeschool directory when we did 6-8 week 'field trips'.) I used guest homes 4x in the last month and hate to travel any other way. I did 2 nights in a conference hotel last week, and it was pretty poor, compared to the guest homes at nights on either side. It is great to share interests and adventures, and get more frugal ideas.

I prefer using my 50 mpg car and $10-$20 guest homes to using my 20 mpg RV and camping ( $10 - $30).
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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I would not feel comfortable with strangers in my house.
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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My roommate was a part of this, and it was very uncomfortable to have people we didn't know staying in our house.

They were all wonderfully nice and fun, but I always worried about who might be the exception..
Why would be a part of this if you are uncomfortable?
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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I have children, so I would worry for them... Who knows what could happen to them??? espcecially in a foreign country... These days it is better to be safe than sorry, and you can be frugal and be a hotel user at the same time. That would be a good post on here though: Which is better, couch surfing or using a hotel?
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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Why would be a part of this if you are uncomfortable?
She sprung it on us one day. The guy coming in was from Turkey and had nowhere else to stay, so we allowed it. There was another person who was already scheduled for a few days later, and in a similar situation. We had renters insurance, so I wasn't too worried about our stuff. I never stayed in the house alone with them though. Call me paranoid, but you can't be too safe..

After that we said no more. Fun experience overall, but not one I'd recommend if you live alone.
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