甚麼是Couchsurfing?

 

 

Couchsurfing的中文直譯是「梳化衝浪」,簡稱「CS」,任何人都能在CS網站免費登記做會員,成為免費住進其他會員家裏的「衝浪客」(Surfer),或成為在自己家裏免費招待其他會員入住的「梳化主」(Host),住宿日期、入住長短等雙方互議。

梳化衝浪不包膳食,我作為衝浪客時,有時獨自外食,有時一齊煮飯,都很開心。

即使無做過梳化主,亦可成為衝浪客;做完衝浪客,亦不用強制做梳化主,一切隨心而發,隨興為之。

 

全部梳化主皆無審查,亦無義務接待衝浪客,若有意外發生,衝浪客頂多在CS網站「負評」梳化主,所以兩手準備好重要,即使梳化主已答允收留衝浪客,衝浪客亦應找尋後備旅館,記下當晚尚能入住的旅館名稱、地址、電話等資料(預付少量訂金確保床位最穩陣),萬一梳化主有急事臨時爽約,或覺梳化主形跡可疑(有人喝醉/要求付款等),請在安全情況下即時離開,當晚也要有後備住處,不致流落街頭。

 

衝浪客亦應熟讀梳化主的背景資料,尤其已在該處投宿過的會員的評語,最能反映真實情況。

CS網站有篩選功能,備有「女性」、「男性」或「其他」(一人以上的家)分類,但性別都是會員自定,並無審查,總歸一句,害人之心不可有,防人之心不可無,一定要熟讀梳化主背景資料,與前人評語,再自行判斷。

即使不是衝浪客,也不是梳化主,CS網站有很多會員自發舉辦的活動供人參與,或募集同伴一齊玩。

 

我從未做過梳化主,只在歐洲、澳洲與紐西蘭都做過衝浪客,遇到的都是真誠善心的好人,我們一齊去趟小旅行,烹調分享各自的家鄉菜,我省了住宿錢,更能體驗異國文化,我亦是梳化主理解香港/中國/亞洲的一扇小窗口,雙方各有得著。雖然也有不咬弦的梳化主,但亦感激他們肯開放自己的家,接待遠方客人。

要成為CS會員,有一份長長的個人問卷填寫,都是個人興趣、旅行經歷等背景資料,我覺得有耐性自發填寫完的人,都是對CS抱有期望、希望認識更多新朋友的善心人,大家都是還未相見的好朋友:)

 

CS網站:https://www.couchsurfing.com/

 

 

What is Couchsurfing?

Couchsurfing, or to be called for short, CS, is an online organization which everyone can resister as a member for FREE. CS member can be a ‘Surfer’ who lives in other member’s home for FREE or be a ‘Host’ who host other member in their home for FREE. The date of arrival and staying time are discussed by both host and surfer. Food is NOT included in Couchsurfing but it is always fun to cook with the host;)

CS surfers are not necessarily had to be a host before they start to surf or after they finish surfing.

 

All hosts have not been investigated and hosts have NO obligation to host anybody. Surfers can just gave a ‘negative comment’ to the host on the CS website if any unpleasant accidents happened. That’s why a backup plan is really important. Surfers should find a backup hostel and note down (or secure a bed by paying a small deposit) its name, address and telephone even if the host is confirmed the staying request. Then surfers don’t have to stay on street helplessly even if the host has some emergency accident and can’t host the surfers in last minutes. Surfers should leave the residence immediately in a safe circumstance if the surfers feel any suspicious (the host is drunk/be asked to pay money) and would be glad there is a backup hostel.

Surfers should read through the host profile especially the comments of members who had stayed with the host are the most valuable information.

 

There are ‘female’, ‘male’, ‘other’ (more than one person in a residence) filter in the CS webpage but all the info are filled up by members and there are NO investigated. In a nutshell, Don’t have a thought to harm people and Do bear in mind to defense yourself. Must read the confirmed host’s profile and comments by other member and make a trustful decision for yourself.

 

There are lots of activates/events on CS website to join and every member can host events in their own city. Everyone can enjoy CS without being a host or surfer.

 

I am never a CS host but is a CS surfer in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I have met lots of kind-heart good people and we go for a little trip together and cooked and tasted each other home cuisines. I experienced the most authentic exotic experience with local people and save up lots of hostels rent. The hosts have a better understanding of Hong Kong/ China/Asia through me too. We both gain something as a host and as a surfer. But there are always someone I can’t get along no matter how hard I try but I really appreciate they open their home and host people from a far country.

 

There is a long list of personal interest, travel history…etc. questionnaire to fill in to be a CS member. I always thought people who have patience to finish it all must have some expectations on CS and wish to know new friends. We are all best friends we haven't met yet:)

 

CS website:https://www.couchsurfing.com/