Social Media and Traveling: CouchSurfing & Airbnb

Couch Surfing in social media

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CouchSurfing is the newest innovation in social media. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to get a couch to sleep while traveling or offer your couch as refuge to another weary traveler. A lot of people claim that it is a great way to meet new people, make new friends and organize more exciting events. There are already over 5 million surfers spanning in over 97,000 cities all over the world, and the number just keeps growing. The largest number of couch surfers is from the US, Germany, France, Canada and the UK. The average age of the people Couchsurfing is 28 years. The site even has members all the way from Antarctica.

A lot of people are hesitant to try the new service despite its popularity due to safety issues while others embrace it while claiming that it promotes world peace. CouchSurfing boasts that 3.2 million of all its experiences have been positive, which is an incredible 99.6 percent of all CouchSurfing experiences.

Finding accommodation while travelling

Another popular way of finding accommodation while traveling is Airbnb. This rental agency lets you rent out rooms or whole flats where you go, and even lets you even stay if the owner is not at home. The majority of these experiences have been positive as well, but every system has exceptions. One such incident victimized Peter Tompinks, a resident of London who began subletting his flat. He claims, “A book goes missing or some cutlery goes out for a picnic and does not return. A series of horror stories quickly followed from apartments being ransacked to potential identity theft.

CouchSurfing to Sexsurfing

Agness Walewinder, a member of CouchSurfing, complained that four out of the five male couch surfers that she stayed in Europe implored for sex. She even went as far as to suggest that the name of the site should be changed from CouchSurfing to Sexsurfing. Some people like Nithin Coca even leave the site after seeing the male couch surfers that were only prowling around for women surfers.

The CouchSurfing phenomenon is going through an identity crisis. The question is, will they be able to survive it?

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By G+ Author: Erin Washington.

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