What is Couch Surfing?

couch surfingWhat indeed is couch surfing?

Well, couch surfing is a common social and travel phenomenon. It’s not so common in some place and no wonder many people ask about it. As a phenomenon, couch surfing is the cheapest way to travel. Basically, travellers choose to travel close to their hosts. Basically, it connects travellers with free places or cheap places to crush when they travel.

This phenomenon has been around for slightly more than a decade. It can accommodate more than just able people. You can get connected to travel mates of different status, depending on your needs. This phenomenon has even led to the rise of Couchsurfing.com. This is a travel social networking website. The intent of this website is to connect travellers, student portals and host in over 240 countries around the world.

The benefits of couch surfing

The most obvious benefit of coach surfing is finding a free place to crush when you travel. Considering that the cost of accommodation in new lands is often staggering, this characteristic is of great importance to any traveler.

Couch surfing also improves the benefit of the travel experience. For instance, when you are connected to a host who understands their locality, there is no limit to how much experience you will get there. This has a far deeper insight than what travel guidebooks give. As such, instead of being stuck in a hotel with other tourists, you are actually in a real place with real people. Besides, having a friend to guide you locally can enable you discover cost effective, cool and fun destinations. If you had travelled in an agency situation, getting these cost incentives would be next to impossible.

The last third benefit of couch surfing is the kitchen benefit. Many people assume it’s a privilege. It would be bad enough eating in a restaurant for all meals. Couch surfing allows you to prepare home, sweet, affordable meals.

Is couch surfing safe?

The media often paints couch surfing as unsafe. Let’s face it, how good would the news be without an element of danger? Even then staying with total strangers can be dangerous. That’s the reason why systems and websites like Couchsurfing.com exist.

This service allows you to determine what the best student communities or others you can choose to stay with if you are a student. The website allows you to select hosts based on marital status, age, etc. you also get to read reviews by other travellers. This is a great way to keep your travel experience solid safe. Despite all this, couch surfing is a great way to travel.

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All Our Bags are Packed and We’re Ready to Go

I can’t hide my excitement on our most-awaited vacation.  We will leave on Friday (hope it is sunny by then) but as early as yesterday all our bags are packed and we are ready to go. We are just waiting for Friday to come. I maybe packed things too early but because I have a child, I don’t want to miss anything important most especially her medications.

Whether we are having our vacation in the suburb or to another city, it’s a big family acitvity that requires a whole lot of packing. Aside of course from our needed clothes I see to it that we also have other essentials such as first-aid kit including medications, toiletries, ziplock bags, sunblock,  important accessories (caps/hats, sunglasses, slippers), light weight sweaters/jackets, cellphones, chargers, camera, extra duracell procell batteries, credit cards, a list of emergency phone numbers, snacks,  and last but not the least cash. Lot of things that made my packing look so stressful but because I always make my list ahead, everything turned out easy. Still, I made sure that we can lift and carry our bags with ease.

It is important to travel light so pack only the things you need. If you have baby or toddlers, here’s the list that you might want to consider:

Needed clothes
Bottles or sippy cups
Sneakers/play shoes
Distilled or purified water
Baby food and snacks
Changing pads
Waterproof sheets
Diaper ointment
Medicine for fever, allergies, cough and colds
Few toys
Coloring books
Favorite stuffed animal