Those who love backpacking can’t help but know Couchsurfing – a social network that helps travel enthusiasts around the world connect. From there you can communicate and ask to stay at their house. This means that, when you go to your favorite tourist destinations, you will not have to spend a fortune to rent a hotel or motel.
Traveling “stay” is of course economical because in addition to being free of the cost of renting hotels, motels or homestays, motels …, you can also be lucky to have the owner provide more food, drinks, methods commuting or much more. However, more than that, traveling “stay” will help you understand and immerse more deeply into the lifestyle, as well as the local culture. So more or less, you will collect valuable lessons or experiences after the trip.
Connecting with the host, even the neighbors around, is also a good way for you to have a more pleasant, safe travel journey. Specifically, these natives easily show you delicious restaurants, safe places to play and some tips to minimize risks and disadvantages during the trip.
Travel “stay” is not only applied when you stay abroad, you can fully experience this form when traveling in the country. The problem here is, how to have a successful “stay” trip? Let’s take a look at a few bullet points below.
Whether you can “stay” or not depends on you
The easiest way to start a “stay-at-home” trip is to join some groups on Facebook or download the Couchsurfing app to your phone. However, these platforms cannot cover all tourist destinations, so in many cases you will also need to contact the locals yourself to get permission. At this time, your ability to speak, persuade and even perseverance should be optimally promoted to receive the nod and enthusiastic follow-up of the owner.
Get acquainted with the way of life of indigenous people
Even in your family, each person will have different living habits, so surely, the lifestyle of the locals where you “stay” has many differences. Please respect and if possible, integrate with some of the living habits of the indigenous people, you will have a more convenient and enjoyable trip than expected.
Let’s become a cultured “stay”
Politeness, courtesy is one of the essential things when you come to a stranger’s house. Therefore, pay attention to very subtle things such as: cleaning blankets, rooms after waking up, cooking with the owner or giving them a small gift is also a good way to thank the hospitality. of the homeowner. Messy, partying or disorderly behaviors all need to be avoided when traveling “stay”.
Finance is something that must be carefully prepared
Although you can stay for free, you still need to prepare a sufficient financial source to prevent unfortunate events such as illness, hospitalization or host family problems, forcing you to change places. stay…
Saving and helping tourists can fully experience the local culture, customs and habits, “staying” tourism is a form worth trying at least once in your life. However, you also need to prepare yourself a thorough luggage from personal belongings, money to knowledge… to have a safe and memorable trip.
Be prepared for the risks
Finally, even if you don’t want to, you should still be on the lookout for the risks when going home. Those risks can be mentioned as being canceled at the last minute, being cheated, and sexually assaulted. Or more objective like the host is too far away, takes time… In general, to be safe, always text the address and schedule to your loved ones, as well as have a backup plan for yourself, friends!