1. Create seedy meetups.
There seems to be a growing problem of people creating CS meetups for the sole purpose of hooking up, maintaining creep-to-female ratios in the ballpark of 9:1. That math doesn’t add up for anyone.
2. Mention being out of money.
Couchsurfing operates under the pretense that it’s not about a free room — it’s about community. So when you can’t afford a hostel, don’t play that card. 3. Expect everyone to be “normal.”
Some people like putting up tents in your living room. Others like to do laugh yoga at 5am. When you sign up for CS, it’s probably in the fine print that you have to be okay with cultural / personal quirks from some of the world’s quirkiest people: travelers.
4. Copy/paste requests.
Just like with freelance job applications, people can tell when you haven’t actually read a single word of their profiles. Do some research and pick people who actually look interesting to you.
5. Be the couchsurfing Kramer.
Just because someone says they’re interested in hosting you doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Always confirm the date and time of arrival at least once, and try to communicate any changes to that time as soon as possible.