Couchsurfing is not a dating website
For women especially, the wisdom of Couchsurfing has often been called into question.
There have been cases of rape and assault, as well as sexual harassment, on the part of both male and female hosts. But did I get taken advantage of because I was young and didn’t know any better? The plain truth is that some hosts and some surfers see sexual encounters as part of the couchsurfing experience.
This lead to many of the original volunteers leaving the project to start as well as many of the older and more active members leaving the site or becoming less active.
Despite many many protests by practically all of it's experienced members it continued to become more and more commercial.
Plan well ahead – finding a decent host, like anything else worthwhile, can take a lot of legwork.
With thousands of registered couchsurfers, sifting the genuine from the opportunistic is hard work, and takes a keen eye and hard-won experience. Girls have previously written about their CS experiences here and here, both of which have great things to say about it. While I have made some great friends through the process, I’ve found that the larger it became, the less trustworthy and it was simply less work to find a cheap hostel to stay in, without the worry.
in a community where you have the chance to meet like minded people, a minutly growing pressure group, doesn´t it make sense to find your luck in love right there?
When Couchsurfing grows naturally, through word of mouth, through small blogs and so on it stays within the same type of people.
Since its inception in the early 2000s, Couchsurfing has been both praised and vilified.