Last updated on 24/01/2013
Ride the Couchsurfing wave
Holiday are coming and stress can start to creep in: want to get away but don't know how much to spend or where to stay? Couchsurfing could be your answer: it's original, alternative and free!
What is Couchsurfing?
It's a mutual aid network for globetrotters of all descriptions, and a way to travel and make new friends all over the world! The system is simple: just sign up on the website www.couchsurfing.org. You can choose whether you want to host people or invite people to stay with you.
There are several options: couples or families can even create a group profile. You can also offer to simply meet people for a drink or give them a tour of your city and its hidden treasures. You can search for couchsurfers near you or in cities which you would like to visit. Offers of accommodation are posted on each profile.
In the interests of security, the site checks the authenticity of all users (i.e. by verifying that their identities and addresses are accurate), and in addition members can share information and report potential hoaxes.
Couchsurfing is not a social network but a platform for exchanging and sharing. It does not commit you to anything except to enjoy yourself whilst discovering new horizons. The key idea is to create a global community based on the principles of mutual aid and hospitality.
The couchsurfers community in Brussels is very active. Events and meetings, such as Trivial Pursuit evenings or trips to the Chocolate Museum, are organised several times per week. People are very welcoming and eager to meet other people with different personalities and experiences. New arrivals often want to learn about the traditions of Brussels. Most couchsurfers in Brussels have signed up on the website to participate in activities and meet travellers rather than travel the world, but not all! Mutual aid, goodwill and enjoyment are what couchsurfers thrive on. You can also find requests for translations or advertisements for various services in the forums.
Whether you are a seasoned traveller, welcoming host or you just want to meet new people, Couchsurfing offers a world of possibilities!
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