The cost of accommodations are so expensive in Geneva, Switzerland, so I went out on a limb and put a public trip out on Couchsurfing about a month before I was flying over there. Though I have Couchsurfed before, only in the US, it was goint to be my first time Couchsurfing in Europe and I was a little nervous, as doing anything for the first time. After a couple weeks of a public listing, I got a host. The host had over 100 positive reviews and is a fellow world traveler. He seemed cool online, and was very thorough on directions to his place and information about Geneva. My flight times were good (not too early or late), not staying very long, easy transportation from the airport, so it was a perfect opportunity for me to test it this way of travel.
Your whole life you hear these words:
(And as a teacher, I tell the kids the same thing, and still do)
Don’t talk to strangers..
Don’t talk to people online..
Definitely don’t go sleep at stranger’s houses…
Buth then again, if you never talk to strangers, you might not meet your new best friend. Strangers don’t seem so strange if you actually talk to them.
For those of you that aren’t sure what Couchsurfing is, it’s an app where people open their homes to travelers to have a free place to stay. It is an app/website like an Airbnb that connects people with free places to stay. After you stay, you give a review of the person.
I have hosted three people in my home in Texas from Couchsurfing and also used it on my road trip to Florida.
My experience in Geneva was great. I got to meet a new friend, learn about a new neighborhood, and enjoy talking about travel with somebody that also took a year off to travel the world.
Neighborhood where I was Couchsurfing in Geneva