Teaching classes and workshops and doing performances, I zigzagged across the country on interstate after interstate; I picked up rideshares from Craigslist to split gas expenses, and decided to rely on Couchsurfing for any residential needs that couldn’t be taken care of by the dance communities I was teaching in.
I’d been a member of Couchsurfing for a few months before I finally tried it out.
He was smart and friendly and had a lot of positive reviews.
A few emails back and forth, and I’d invited him on my camping trip.
A article calls it “the greatest hook-up app,” reducing the idealistic website to a glorified version of Craigslist’s “casual encounters.” Coming from the perspective that the main reason people join Couchsurfing is taking advantage of a home delivery service for highly sexed foreigners, the article interviews several hosts about their success rates.
I was on my way to a solo camping trip in Cape Breton Island for a few days before teaching a workshop in Halifax, and had to pass through a small town called Antigonish.
Using the Couch Search, I found a doctoral student with a spare room who seemed nice.
One thing led to another, and we ended up making out in the rain in a tiny tent.
"It will never happen to me" said every person before it happened to them. The difference is that they are usually more costly when you're in a foreign country.
That's why travelling without insurance is a bad idea.
Eventually we split up, but I always wondered if maybe other people had successfully used Couchsurfing as a dating service.
Not just a dating service: It turns out that Couchsurfing’s hookup culture is not only known, but actively exploited.
There's just no excuse to put yourself in such a risk.
professional bellydancer and went on a self-organized tour of Canada and the United States.