A criticism of CouchSurfing and review of alternatives

I think people who travel, especially backpackers need to read this.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Free Accommodation
The “CouchSurfing Spirit” and Super-Hippies
Problems with CouchSurfing
……..Fraud and illegal behavior
……..The Verification Scam
……..Privacy Concerns
……..References and the lack of a dispute resolution process
……..Censorship
Alternatives
……..Hospitality Club
……..GlobalFreeloaders
……..BeWelcome
……..Tripping
……..Crashatmine
Conclusion
References

Introduction

For the last six years I have been traveling a lot, being in a different place every few months. Early on when I started my travels I was made aware of GlobalFreeloaders, and at a later stage CouchSurfing and Hospitality Club. The concept behind these sites has is referred to as hospitality exchange. The general idea behind hospitality exchange sites or communities is that when you visit a country, you find a host you think you will get on with and stay with them, instead of at a hotel or hostel, the advantage being that you get to save some cash while getting a more accurate taste…

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