I used couchsurfing back in the days of open source internet and it was AMAZING. Not the prettiest website, but a perfect platform for meeting other travelers and hosting and connecting with people. since it became an app and a paid platform, it's rubbish. It's lost all of its old charm and more vitally its old UTILITY. Whenever I travel now I'm swarmed with messages from young guys and have a dreadful time finding the people I want to hang out with. It used to be the best thing in the world.
33 people found this review helpful
Downloaded this app at a friend's suggestion. We plan to travel to India and want to be able to experience what a local host and tour guide could offer. Immediately, you have to choose whether to pay for monthly ($2) or yearly ($14) access. After that, they practically demand you get verified, which costs either another $60 or you have to host a traveler for temporary verification. They discourage accepting non-verified travelers WITHIN THE APP, leaving you pretty much no choice. Hard pass.
155 people found this review helpful
Not really my favorite experience. There isn't a good "social networking" vibe on the app. For example, finding the person I'm standing next to is near impossible - this gets in the way of our conversation and reduces the number of friends I have on the app. Also, events disappear as soon as they are over which makes it impossible to reconnect with people I forgot to share contact info with. All in all, not a joy to use. Hopeful for the future ☺️
154 people found this review helpful