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Couch Surfing?

March 7, 2007

The Couch

The future of travel is here. And its shaped like a couch.

The Couch-surfing website effectively acts as the friendly middleman between budget travelers looking for the cheapest place in town to lay their heads and friendly locals (in some 213 countries!) who are willing to give up space on couch or floor in order to hang out with and hospitably entertain such rustic world wanderers.

And the birth of the concept? Well, allegedly :

…the idea solidified when founder, Casey Fenton, got a cheap ticket to Iceland for a long weekend one April. With his ticket in hand, there was one problem: he had no place to stay and no desire to rot in a hotel all weekend and play Mr. Tourist. So, he came up with the ‘brilliant’ idea of spamming over 1500 Icelandic students in Reykjavik and asking them if he could crash on one of their couches. After exchanging emails with many of the students, he had several groups of friends offer to show him ‘their’ Reykjavik. So, after spending an amazing, crazy weekend just south of the Arctic Circle, Casey decided he would never again get trapped in a hotel and tourist marathon while traveling. From that point onward, it was all about crashing on exotic couches and cultural exchange. And, thus, the CouchSurfing Project was born.

Sounds sweet!

The website makes it pretty damn clear when you sign up that its not a dating site and even goes so far as to insist that you agree not to use it as a “site to pursue (read: locate and bone) romantic interests” but members have pictures and with the right amount of the Salami’s charm and wit there’s no reason why just the right random Norwegian couch offerer shouldn’t want to share her couch with you.

I’m off to find her (or them)…