For years, our parents and teachers taught us not to talk to strangers, so how can it possibly be safe to travel around and stay in the homes of strangers?! There are nearly 3 million people who couch surf. If you use a website designed to connect travelers with hosts, you can conduct thorough research on potential hosts before showing up to sleep on their couch! There are reviews by other travelers available, so you can find out if others have had a good experience, or if they’re warning you to stay away.
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