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.
However as it grew some of the people behind it became corrupt and greedy, and believed Couchsurfing should be turned into a company.The big question is, are these bad experiences the norm, or outliers that mar an otherwise wonderful network of travellers? Indeed, it can be in a genuine way; solid and long-term couchsurfing couples are very common.As an avid couchsurfer for two years, I would have to say that there’s legitimacy to both sides. After all, you’re in a network with people who share a passion for travel, big hearts and interesting stories.That being said, I would not discount the experience: a large percentage of my travels would have been indescribably less rewarding without it.My good experiences did outweigh my bad ones; it really depends on your judgement, your budget and your willingness to balance openness with caution, which is a tricky art.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?
good old Oscar Wilde said once ago: " contributing to the Couch Surfing Translation groups, both from different countries but still working on the same language...things started like things happen, as both have been somehow dedicated they got in touch to exchange each other..mails got longer and more personal after a while, but always in a serious and though funny far i know, there was no single thought or any intention to lead this where it has reached to..a couple of month, mails and more mails haven sent and recieved and the more mails the more brighter the smiles became...nearly a half year after their paths have crossed the first time it was time for them to speak to each other direct, at least by phone..least one of them has been super afraid about to loose all the of the emails and the unique beautiness..came like it must came in such cases, the first phone call was strange out of nervousity, but all still in a serious friend by friend basistime went by, emails - phone calles - emails - phone calls - emails - phone calles - emails - phone calls - emails - phone calles - emails - phone calls..it happend that arrived and one of both was far away from everywhere and had already a couple of days with no emails, no phone calls to this marvellous refreshing heart...
The people who enjoy travelling, who enjoy helping others and sharing experiences.
I have invited 100s of people to join Couchsurfing over the last few years but I only invite the people I think really belong in the community. But when Couchsurfing is publicly promoted there is no such filter and everyone is free to join.
In my opinion it comes down to this forced growth through media coverage and advertising.
When Couchsurfing grows naturally, through word of mouth, through small blogs and so on it stays within the same type of people.
Nowadays female members get constantly spammed from all directions, especially in certain countries.