How To Use Couchsurfing To Meet People While Travelling

image
15 Sept 2018: I've redesigned this site - there might be some bugs on how it displays/looks. Give me a few days to go over every page!
Share Link

What do you want to do?

Share a link to your friends, or visit my profile on social networking sites?

Click to share this page:
   
Or click to visit my profiles:
   

About me

Hi! Welcome to Complete City Guides!

Complete City Guides mascot logo

My name is Patrick, I'm originally from Sydney (Australia) - and I love exploring cities (and writing about it!)

I work online in marketing, which gives me the opportunity to travel around the world full time.

So while I am away, I keep this blog updated with full travel info. I tend to stay in a city for a few months at a time, to really get to know it - then I write guides on it.

Popular Posts
Top 10 European Cities With Really Close Airports

Forget about sleeping on couches: Use Couchsurfing For Meeting People When Travelling!

Couchsurfing is popular with travellers who want to sleep on someone's couch (and for hosts who like meeting travellers on their couch!). But you can also use it if travelling and you want to meet up with people. It can be a great source of meetups and finding likeminded people to meet when travelling!

Introduction + What is Couchsurfing?

Couchsurfing is a website that is primarily aimed at people who either want to sleep on couches or people who have couches to offer.

To some people, this might sound really weird - especially the people offering their couch to strangers. But it is a big community of (often, but not always) like-minded people who like to meet people from different places and walks of life.

But the 'sleeping on a couch' isn't the only thing that Couchsurfing is good for. It is also good for just meeting people (and no sleeping involved at all!)

You don't need to sleep on a sofa (or offer your sofa) to meet people on Couchsurfing.

What kind of meetups are there?

There are two kinds of meetups (ignoring the whole 'sleeping on a couch' which would lead to a small meetup of the host/surfer):

Regular, Organised Weekly Meetups

In most big cities there are people who organise regular meetups. These are not organised by the actual Couchsurfing staff, but by local members who like to organise things like this.

These are posted on the city 'Events' page. For example, the London events page:

The first event in the screenshot above is one of the regular organised meetups. These will generally be every week, on the same day.

These meetups can be from a very small group (maybe 5) to over 100. It really depends on the city. Places like London will attract much larger numbers than less popular tourist destinations.

How to find the regular, organised weekly meetups

Often they will be in a pub or bar. It is often quite obvious where the Couchsurfing group is. Sometimes they will have some kind of sign (or paper on a table) with the Couchsurfing logo. You can also often find it just by listening for foreigners speaking (almost always in English).

What to expect at the meetups

Often it is a mix of locals that live in the city (both expats and native locals - often in non-English speaking countries they use it as a way to practise English) and of course travellers. People hosting Couchsurfers will often accompany them to these meetups too.

In some (most of the larger meetups) they will be in a bar (or club) and have a discount for drinks. But check on the Couchsurfing event page.

Some tips:
  • Go on Facebook and search for "CITY Couchsurfing", most bigger cities have their own Facebook group or page. They will often have a Facebook event for the meetup, which will often have more accurate numbers of who will be attending when compared to the event page on Couchsurfing.com.
  • Be friendly! People are there to socialise. If you arrive and don't know what to do, just ask someone if they are here for the Couchsurfing group. If they are foreign (or speaking English in a non-English speaking country) then chances are if you are in the right bar at the right time, they will be there for Couchsurfing.
Smaller meetups, arranged on the city discussion page

Each city has its own discussion page. For example, the London one:

These are message threads posted by travellers. You can see people who want to meet up for a picnic, to go to the beach at Brighton, hiking and more.

Just post a message either on the day or a few days before, asking if anyone wants to meet up for a drink or go for a wander.

Tip: When contacting someone to meet up, leave your telephone number and get their number. The Couchsurfing website seems to go down quite a bit (or they seem to reset the database and lose messages), so always have a backup phone number to rely upon!

Thinking of staying with someone on Couchsurfing? Compare Couchsurfing to Airbnb, Hotels and Hotels (It is a blog post outlining the pros and cons of each)

Date Posted
May 5th 2017
Tags 
Want To Know Best Travel Tips and Secret Gems? Read On...

Want to get the latest travel ideas, tips and advice straight in your email inbox?

Use Pinterest? Share this post:

How To Use Couchsurfing To Meet People While Travelling

Complete City Guides

Hi! I'm Patrick! I love travelling, and has been travelling most of the year for over 10 years now. Now I share my trips, tricks and advice here on CompleteCityGuides.com.

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for more updates...

Comments (4)

Show/Post Comments

Next To Read:

Top Travel Movies - 29 Movie Recommendations from the top travel bloggers!
6

Feb

Top Travel Movies - 29 Movie Recommendations from the top travel bloggers!

Get some inspiration for travel ideas, with these top movies about travelling and/or backpacking. Tell us in the comments below what your favourite travel movies are!

Posted: Tue 6th February, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Safe Travelling! 35 Tips For Travelling Abroad Safely!
20

Sep

Ultimate Guide to Safe Travelling! 35 Tips For Travelling Abroad Safely!

The time you spend abroad on trips can be some of the best days of your life. However it can also go very bad, very quickly. There are many aspects to staying safe when abroad, but by being aware of them and thinking about them when you are on your trips you can try and avoid most problems. Here is a guide that covers everything you need to be aware of, to stay safe when abroad!

Posted: Thu 20th September, 2018

How To Use Couchsurfing To Meet People While Travelling
5

May

How To Use Couchsurfing To Meet People While Travelling

Couchsurfing is popular for travellers who want to sleep on someones couch (and for hosts who like meeting travellers on their couch!). But you can also use it if travelling and you want to meet up with people. It can be a great source of meetups and finding likeminded people to meet when travelling!

Posted: Fri 5th May, 2017

Budapest in 48 Hours
24

Oct

Budapest in 48 Hours

Budapest is an amazing city with lots of things to see and do. Here is what we got up to when spending 48 hours in Budapest, checking out all the major sights and things to do!

Posted: Tue 24th October, 2017

Budapest

Best Things To Do in Zadar
4

Sep

Best Things To Do in Zadar

Zadar is one Croatia's highlights. It is a fantastic, small city that is definitely worth visiting if you are travelling up or down the coast line of Croatia. Here I go over the sights and things to see!

Posted: Tue 4th September, 2018

Zadar

Best Polish Cities To Visit
19

Mar

Best Polish Cities To Visit

There are more beautiful cities in Poland than you realise. Find out about the best cities in Poland, and why you should visit them.

Posted: Sun 19th March, 2017

Krakow

iamge
12

Jan
2018

Ultimate Packing List for Travel (Print this checklist out before packing for your next trip)

Don't go away and realise you forgot something. Here is the ultimate packing list that covers everything you need to think about and remember, including all the...

17 Likes

15

17

Jan
2018

Where To Stay in Bangkok - A Guide to the Best Areas in Bangkok to Stay

Bangkok is a huge city, with over 8.2 million people and spans 606 square miles. So when you are booking a trip to Bangkok, how do you know where to stay? Well...

55 Likes

6

About Me

I'm an Australian who has lived in Europe for most of my life. I work online, travelling with my laptop, working online and exploring cities for months at a time.

Read my blog