Flat sharing and couchsurfing

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Flat sharing and couchsurfing

For young intrepid rovers, the trend to go beyond your comfort zone and see a new land on a deeper level is at an all-time high. With web 2.0 influencing the way we socialise, the term ‘social travel’ and couchsurfing have become a popular terms and ways how we discover the world today.

Obviously fitting all of the criteria above and being the typically young adventurer on a petty budget, social travel and couchsurfing was the way to go and the way to help me survive. One of my Swedish mates I befriended when travelling recommended car-pooling sites like shareyourride.net  to save up on travel costs. Thankfully there were no hiccups using that alternative form of travel. Along with saving some mega bucks, I felt a little high and mighty knowing I was helping reduce my carbon foot print.

After busting it out in hostels for 3 months straight, I started using websites offering rooms direct from owners, which were a great substitute.

I have been using couchsurfing a lot during my time in Melbourne but managed to score a pretty cool apartment at a pretty good price. Sweet!  

It will be interesting to see in the next few years how couchsurfing will develop. In the end, using alternative accommodation such as flat sharing is the best way for me to socialise on my journey. I did come to the realisation that carpooling and couchsurfing can be quite tiresome at times, as you are always meeting new people and pretty much telling them your life story. If you aren’t the most social of butterflies it can be quite testing but if you are a social traveller such as the many 20 something’s like me on their own, you will find that it can be quite an enlightening experience.

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  • Julia, 25 July 2012 Reply

    shared accommodation while travelling

    Hey, cool article. I actually haven't tried couch surfing, I guess it could be a good way to ease into a city if you've just moved, but after a few days I love to have my own room (or at least a bed!) to escape from the traveller talk...so where are you from? What are you doing here? Where are you going next....ahhhhhh

    If anyone has just landed in Australia, I know a free site for finding share rooms or share houses. Check it out
    Happy travels happy)