Advantages and disadvantages of couchsurfing
Going on a trip can be a source of stress, especially in the organisation, especially if you sleep at a local’s home, as you could see in our last battle between sleeping at the hotel or homesharing, but it remains a very appreciated practice.
Let's see what are the advantages of the practice itself:
- Improving a language
Of course, the language generally used is still English, which a large proportion of the guests manage to master to some extent. Enough of "Do you speak English?", it's time to make an effort! Otherwise there is always Google translate…
- Meeting different worlds
Each person has his or her own little habits and being hosted by that person, it is up to you to adapt. You will certainly be surprised to see Tom hanging his drying clothes in the middle of the kitchen but after all it is a human adventure. Well, Tom I didn't want to have your Scooby Doo underwear under my nose during breakfast... but thanks for the accommodation.
- Discovering places and events only locals know of
You'll discover the city outside of the tourist spots and access events that are usually only available to locals. A special festival, a campfire on the beach or a hike to a beautiful hidden waterfall - a whole bunch of activities that you wouldn't have taken part in if you hadn't met your host.
- Learning about yourself and what's important to you
Maybe Marie has convinced you to work on a farm that you suddenly feel like leaving everything behind to become a shepherd. Or maybe this debate about “pain au chocolat” or “chocolatine”, which you didn't think was so important, finally seemed to you like the most important topic in the world when you started debating about it for hours with Katia.
In short, you will learn what you care about and what you want to develop, you will come back a changed person.
- Making authentic encounters
You may find yourself spending the next Christmas at Annie's house, who became your super friend on your previous trip. What is certain is that you will remember each of your encounters, good or bad.
- Cheap travel
Couchsurfing is an incredible experience, however, it can also have its drawbacks:
- Searching for a host can be time consuming
You want to travel but all your requests are unanswered or negative. What an idea to do it the day before for the next day. On the host side, if you prefer to host, it can also be a bit uncomfortable to finally realise that the intention of your potential traveller is only to find the last-minute accommodation and not to spend time with you.
- Connects people who want to travel with a host but can't find the host for you.
- Sometimes we don't hear from our guests at the last minute.
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