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Posted February 18th, 2013 - 5:14 am from Durham, United States
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Posted February 18th, 2013 - 5:46 am by from Kaikohe, New Zealand (Permalink)
G'day Anita,
you've filled out a profile, marked your couch as 'maybe available' and that's probably as much as you can do in terms of starting to host people.
I'm a noobie just like you. I figured that putting up a couple of photos and marking my couch as 'available' instead of 'maybe' would possibly make it look more inviting.
We've attracted three enquiries in some 2-3 weeks so far, had a group of 5 couchsurfers drop in on us to have lunch with us and chat, and a very nice couple stayed the night.

As far as travelling is concerned, at the top of your profile is a box: "Where would you like to go". Put in a place, click on Surf, and you will be forwarded to a page where you can actually do a more advanced search for the place your heading to.
Then you click on the "send couch request" button on the profile of a host who seems interesting.

The interface can be a bit confusing I find. Written by a committee, I betcha. It can also be a bit slow, someone sent me a message that they were delayed and it took 14 hours to get to me from when they sent it. Oh dear. That one must've been bounced off Jupiter or something.

Anyway, I hope this helps a little .... kind regards, -P.

Posted February 18th, 2013 - 3:21 pm from Durham, United States
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Posted February 18th, 2013 - 8:59 am by from Carnforth, England (Permalink)
Surf, filter the age if you prefer to stay with "older" hosts. When I started I also sought only women. I started a couple of summers ago couchsurfing in Spain and had such a wonderful time staying with two women around my age. Last autumn I did the same in Mexico, stayed with women, then expanded and stayed with guys as well. Had a brilliant time with everybody. I really like to have some company, especially at the end of a day, rather than sit eating alone somewhere feeling conspicuous whilst envying the groups, couples or families around me.
I am now in Spain again (as part of my "gap year" and off to meet another host next weekend in Madrid, really looking forward to it.
Good luck.

Posted February 18th, 2013 - 3:26 pm from Durham, United States
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Posted February 18th, 2013 - 4:08 pm by from Kaikohe, New Zealand (Permalink)
This is a public forum you're talking in at the moment, so yes, when you press reply, every reader of the forum will see it. You can start private conversations from the other member's profile page. There's a "send message" link directly above their profile picture on the profile.

That whole thing about NZ being very 'organic' etc is a bit of a myth. I've been raising beef cattle - mostly for export to the US - for just on 30 years and I know my fellow farmer's attitudes well enough. The vast majority of them will do _anything_ if then can smell a quick buck. There is a small minority who are very interested in organic farming and doing it in an environmentally conscious way.

However, there's only 4 million of us in a very large country (much bigger than it looks on the map!) who can only make SO much of a mess - and there are lots of huge green vistas, unspoiled nature, empty beaches, wonderful walking tracks through national parks etc etc.

kind regards, -P.

Posted February 18th, 2013 - 4:47 pm by from Carnforth, England (Permalink)
Everyone who logs into this 50+ can read these messages. But if you send a surf request to someone, you correspond just with them, only the two of you can read the messages.

I am in the middle of Spain as part of my gap year experience from University helping to teach English. Weather is cold but blue skies and sunshine most days. Am enjoying my year"off". Started a University course to try and get over "empty nest syndrome" when my last child left home. I don't think I'll ever get over it, but it is helping.

I love couchsurfing - meeting new people, having company whilst travelling, sharing a little part of someone else's life. So far so good.
Sandra

Posted February 26th, 2013 - 2:05 pm from Molndal, Sweden
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Posted February 26th, 2013 - 6:30 pm by from Carnforth, England (Permalink)
Hi Ning
I hope you find something to fill the gap. I have become a student (of Spanish) and gave up my job for one year. It was a risk, but I hope I can find something else when I return. Or maybe my kids will have to keep me....!!!
I definitely plan to come to Thailand in the future, will be in touch.
Sandra

Posted February 28th, 2013 - 11:06 pm from Molndal, Sweden
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Posted March 1st, 2013 - 6:07 am from Durham, United States
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Posted March 1st, 2013 - 4:59 am from Durham, United States
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Posted March 2nd, 2013 - 9:02 am from Molndal, Sweden
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Posted February 25th, 2013 - 4:39 am by from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada (Permalink)
...and being hosted?

Well, travel North and it will be our pleausre to host you!

Jeanne and Pierre

Posted March 1st, 2013 - 1:06 am from Dawsonville, United States
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