The great American writer Mark Twain once said: “Only two things we’ll regret on deathbed – that we are a little loved and little traveled”. But, good for us, we don’t live in the 19th century. I’m not really sure about the first one, but the second thing can be fixed easily today. Those, who are deeply intro travelling (or just slightly enjoy going from one country to another), have ever dreamt of being able to do it for free, and voilà. CouchSurfing is on its way to make their dreams come true.
The point of CouchSurfing is to keep in touch with people, travel and stay overnight in the other countries for free. It has been in launched in 2003 with the slogan “Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time”, which, to my mind, reflects website’s concept perfectly. It connects more than 7 million people in 246 countries all around the world. However, this is not the main point.
But what keeps CouchSurfing alive for thirteen years now? Who lets it exist? It is one of those websites, that are active due to their users. The users of CouchSurfing were just given the platform, but everything else was their work. The people, the places, actual travelling and experience sharing. Some of them are still in touch and actually visit each other sometimes. All of this has been keeping the website alive and is the perfect example of audience participation.
I’ve never really heard of such website before this week, and would really like to try it (even though stying with strangers in the foreign country may sound suspicious). What about you?