June 25, 2008

Couchsurfing: Travel on the cheap

With the cost of everything, travel included, shooting through the roof, you might consider couchsurfing as a way to continue feeding your vagabonding habit.

Surf to Couchsurfing.com to find out more about this nearly decade-old non-profit organization that links hosts who have a spare couch with travelers looking for a free place to crash.

There are a purported 443,326 couches in 43,147 cities worldwide awaiting your visit. Even if you have no interest in sleeping on a stranger's couch, the website's worth a look. I love the stats page, where you can find out how many new couches were added and how many face-to-face host/traveler introductions were made in the last hour, day and week.

I haven't resorted to couchsurfing yet, but if the incredible shrinking dollar continues its slide, I might just seek out a sofa on my next sojourn to Sofia.

(That's Adam in the photo sharing a seaside couch with a stranger in Santa Cruz, California.)