Couchsurfing?

#1 Sep 26th, 2005, 13:05
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hello-

i am planning my first trip to india beginning november, ending early february. i'm a student and have a low budget. this is my first big travel experience on my own, and i am keen to do things a bit different and get a good feel of india, not just hop on a tourist bus and hang out with tourists all the time.

i'm a member of this site called couchsurfing.com, anyone heard of it? kind of a neat idea. i've had a few 'couchsurfers' stay at my flat here in wellington, new zealand. involves registering on a database with a few of your details, and travellers who want to stay on your couch for free get in touch with you via email. you converse over email for a bit, and if you're comfortable, have them over, show them around if you have time, and basically have the pleasure of meeting someone from overseas full of inspiring travel stories. and good karma. have not had any problems, and the people i've met have been very cool.

there are a fair few people signed up to this service in india. anyone ever gone to india and 'couchsurfed'? i wouldn't plan on it as guaranteed accommodation every night, but it seems like a great way to meet local people.

-damien

p.s. asked about this in the Accommodation forum but didn't get much response.
#2 Sep 27th, 2005, 19:38
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Hi Damien,

I am a couchsurfer from India. There are lot of good, very reliable ppl in India I know who are at CS. The best bet is to write to a few people and check with availability. You can also join the group "India from Travellers" (listed under places). I moderate the group and the group is quite active.

As such accomodation is not very expensive in India. If you have a fair budget of $10 per night you get very good accomodation. It's adviced to keep couple of couple of backup known.

cheers,
Shalin
#3 Sep 27th, 2005, 19:55
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$10 per night
is anything but cheap, though?
#4 Sep 27th, 2005, 20:47
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Hey! I just recently joined couchsurfing too. I emailed one of the Indian members just to ask for hotel/guesthouse recommendations and they replied with an offer of their spare room. I love the couchsurfing idea, but to be honest I'm a bit scared to take part as I'm a female travelling alone. Whilst I think it has the potential to be an amazing experience - living with locals, I am nonetheless worried about going to stay with a complete stranger. I've found that there are a lot of male Indian members who specify that their preferred gender of couchsurfer is female. This for me sets alarm bells ringing immediately. Should I take up the offer of a room? What do people think?
#5 Sep 27th, 2005, 22:13
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Thanks Shalin, I joined the group. I'll start emailing around soon and just make contact with people. At the moment I don't have fixed plans, but it doesn't hurt to start chatting via email to people in India.
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hello mercerdes,I dont know anything about the couch surfing scene,but I know men because I am one if there setting a preference of females,there is an agenda it might not be sexual or negative but I would be wary.And as yogi i can if your intuition is ringing bells listen to it. and Im sure if its your karma to stay with locals,you will meet a family on the train or at a bazzar or after temple,so my advise would be listen to your intition and have faith that God and Guru will take of your you and the things that you desire.
Namaste,Ammadas
#7 Sep 27th, 2005, 23:09
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Originally Posted by mercedes10 Hey! I just recently joined couchsurfing too. I emailed one of the Indian members just to ask for hotel/guesthouse recommendations and they replied with an offer of their spare room. I love the couchsurfing idea, but to be honest I'm a bit scared to take part as I'm a female travelling alone. Whilst I think it has the potential to be an amazing experience - living with locals, I am nonetheless worried about going to stay with a complete stranger. I've found that there are a lot of male Indian members who specify that their preferred gender of couchsurfer is female. This for me sets alarm bells ringing immediately. Should I take up the offer of a room? What do people think?
Hi there,

I see your point. I would suggest you to post it on the India for travellers group on couchsurfing. If you find a couple or older members offering a room, you would need to worry the least. Use couchsurfing features like.. how many friends does the person has and how trust wrothy others consider him. See if they have public blogs and pictures. It can sometime help to learn about a person.

I would advice you not to take any risks even you feel 1% not sure. It's good to be a little cautious. However, the idea is to be able to judge people.

Feel free to ask me for advice. Hope you have a great time in India.

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