Cleveland: Surfers converge for first-ever Couch Crash

11:47 PM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND: If you've ever wanted to travel the world but think it's too expensive to stay in a hotel, there's a way to do it for free.

Couchsurfing is a growing movement in Cleveland and beyond.

This isn't the couchsurfing of the past, where relatives bum around your house and clean out the fridge for weeks on end.

It's become a worldwide network of people in 230 countries, who host visitors-travelers of all ages who are on a budget, or just want to experience a local culture outside a hotel.

Couchsurfing is free, but visitors typically offer gifts or help out by cooking meals.  Those who visit should be willing to host travelers in return.

As this new travel lifestyle grows in popularity, meet-up groups are forming in different cities, including Cleveland.

This weekend, the Cleveland Couchsurfing group is hosting its first-ever Cleveland Couch Crash.  Dozens of people are coming in from out of town, couchsurfing with locals, and spending the days sightseeing and hanging out.

Not a surfer? The group encourages new members and meets regularly around the city.

The website has thousands of worldwide users who post profiles so others can find a host who matches their wants and needs.

Word-of-mouth and public reviews posted by members create a safety net for users. 

Cleveland's Couch Crash events kick off Saturday morning at 9 a.m. sharp, at the West Side Market.  Check out the links on this page for more information.

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