Tips: How to Look for Hosts
Searching on Couchsurfing is very similar to that of accommodation comparison websites, such as Booking.com, but even more similar to Airbnb – our best tips for Airbnb. You enter the city and then you can filter hosts. We also recommend installing the Couchsurfing mobile app, as you can replay and look for hosts much faster. Check out other travel mobile apps that we use.
When you search, start with a profile. Does this person seem likable to you? Do you share some interests? Is your approach to traveling the same as theirs? The same applies to your profile when you want to be a host. A profile is like a shop window of every user.
Learn as Much as You Can about Your Host
The same tips again. Look up their Facebook profile, read through their all references carefully. Use your intuition and if something seems weird, better pick another one.
Write a Request
Do your best when you write one and definitely never use the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V method. You need to convince your potential host to choose you. Write them why you picked them particularly, what draws you to their city, what your plans are and what you are interested in. And also don’t forget to mention when do you plan to arrive and departure.
It’s hard to say how long in advance you should message them. I don’t think that there’s any use in contacting them more than one month in advance. Sometimes a host may add their preferences about the matter in their profile, which brings us back to the beginning: read their profile carefully.
Be Punctual and Do Have a Plan B
Both as a guest and as a host, you should be specific and if there is any change, let the other side know. Also, do have a plan B. Do not rely on the host completely because anything unexpected can happen, for example, they can fall ill or they may be obliged to leave the city urgently. With hotels or Airbnb, there’s more certainty.
Follow the Rules, Be Tidy and Polite
Maybe that this is not necessary to mention but just in case: Always do follow your host’s rules, clean up after yourself, and mind your manners. Do not do anything you wouldn’t want the others to do to you.