We just completed our first Couchsurfing experience during a 4 day stay in Singapore.
What is Couchsurfing?
I’m glad you asked.
You can go to www.CouchSurfing.com to see. Basically the idea is that if someone has a couch or a spare bedroom, they offer it on the site to travelers looking for a place to stay without the big expense that can come with staying in a hotel.
In some cases, you’re expected to help with cooking or food cost or something like that, but overall, it’s just people who want to welcome other people to their city and show them around, or at least give them a place to stay for the night.
A friend of mine said “So you’re just… like… going into the homes of complete strangers and staying with them?”
Yep. That’s pretty much the idea. But they’re not complete strangers. Because you’ve gone through the Couchsurfing website, you’ve seen
Whether or not their physical location has been verified (which Couchsurfing does
Whether or not they have hosted people before,
What other people have said about them,
before you’ve ever sent them an email.
There are times when we’ve seen pictures of a place or the messages posted by an individual and decided not to couch surf with them.
And, here’s the truth… the VAST majority of people in the world are good people.
Think about shipping a package from anywhere to anywhere else.
Why does the package get delivered?
I know if gets delivered by ships and oil and resources, but what really moves the package or parcel is humans. Any time you send anything through the mail, you trust 10-100 complete strangers. 99% of the time, your package arrives successfully. Why? Because the vast majority of people in the world want to do what’s right and do what’s best.
If nothing else, they want to do it because they know it leads to a paycheck which lets them provide for their family.
But that shows them to be good people too.
The vast majority of people in the world are good people.
It’s the only way that they world actually works.
By sharing our foods, our homes, and our lives, we break down the walls of unfamiliarity. By doing so, we each take part in making the world a little better place. When we know the people “over there” we work to ensure peace is possible, through the human exchange of ideas and concepts.
That’s a topic for a different time.
We’ve just completed our first CouchSurfing experience, while staying for four days in Singapore.
If all Couchsurfing is like what we just experienced, we will absolutely become lifelong Couchsurfers.
Not only was the place we got to stay very incredible, but our host was incredibly gracious with both his time and knowledge.
We feel like we’ve made a lifelong friend in just 3 days… 2 of those days he was at work, but took time in the evenings to show us Singapore, and to cook for us.
You can learn more about CouchSurfing at www.CouchSurfing.com.
Thank-you Vic for all you did for us…
For giving up your bedroom for us, for showing us some amazing places in Singapore, for spending an awesome Valentine’s day with us.
We are looking forward to exploring opportunities for ways to work together in (and for) the future.