Compiling your profile Firstly try and fill in as many categories as possible.
While information such as your favourite film may seem trivial, it all adds up to give a holistic picture of you as a real person, and therefore reassures potential hosts.
The pretty ponytailed blond plucked me out of travel purgatory and offered me a place to crash during my one-night layover in Rome.
Rather, it’s a worldwide network of people who can help to make your stay in each place something you will never forget.
I signed up to Couchsurfing in the Czech Republic on the 24th of December 2013.
That’s both risky and a bit creepy, and can end up in mutual embarrassment, or a jail term.
You meet as two travel enthusiasts without any intent to date.
I sent some requests and got an offer from a French dude living in Oświęcim, Southern Poland.
I stayed with him and the following day went through to Krakow where I planned to stay 2 nights before heading south to Slovakia.
For many of us, including The Inbetweeners, your gap year is all about meeting members of the opposite sex.
Some backpackers are happy with an occasional hostel liaison with another gapper, but there are others who want to try their luck with the locals.
She told me she’d handed hosting duties over to Raul, her roommate.