3 Alternatives You Should Try if Couchsurfing Isn’t Your Thing

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Most passionate travelers use Couchsurfing to find free accommodation, but not everyone has luck finding a perfect host on this website. If Couchsurfing simply isn’t your thing, try these three alternatives to score free accommodation and meet some amazing people along the way.


This is the most popular platform for arranging homestays and cultural exchange, and it’s based on volunteer work. You’re expected to work for a certain amount of hours every day in exchange for lodging and food. This is a great option for travelers who want to spend a couple of months in a new place and get some work experience.

Home Swaps

Home swaps also allow you to find free accommodation without feeling indebted to someone. You won’t have to spend any money to find a place to stay in a new city, as long as you manage to find someone interested in exchanging their home for yours.

Facebook Groups

Travel-themed Facebook groups are the best place to get in touch with like-minded people. Fellow travelers know how difficult it can be to find cheap accommodation, and some of them may be happy to host you. There are even groups dedicated to finding accommodation, such as Host a Sister.