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not many older traveler surf couch
Posted January 29th, 2010 - 12:23 am by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
I assume not many older travelers surf couch. No wonder hardly anybody come visit this group. I guess our old bones do not surf on couch well. Soft beds, even in top 5 stars hotels, often cause aching back, just in couple of days. To be fair, older folks most likely to have the means to travel and stay in hotels, or even hostels, which typically within our budget. But, making new friends is another matter all together.

Posted August 26th, 2010 - 4:04 am by from Amarillo, United States (Permalink)
I'm Older and LOVE CS I do look first to make sure I'm not going to be sleeping on the floor or on the floor on an air mattress. If the airmattress is off the floor I'm good to go. I stay with young and old alike. I host more young than old but have had a great time CS as a matter of fact I'm CS now doing a petsitting stint within the CS community. I think she trusted me more cuze I was older..

Posted August 27th, 2010 - 10:49 am by from Bognor Regis, England (Permalink)
We are 68 and 76 and our couchsurfing guests who are here at this moment in time are 52 and 78 and we are all having a wonderful time.

Posted September 2nd, 2010 - 10:17 pm by from Ryde, England (Permalink)
Thanks guy's I was beginning to feel that I was getting to old for this. No problem sleeping on the floor.---The problem is getting up again. oops--LOL

Posted August 25th, 2011 - 5:51 pm by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
Hi all!
We are 50+ and welcome you to our home in Delhi. I know exactly what you're talking about. Can't use linen that's already been used by 'N' number of Couch surfers before me. Cannot use a dirty bathroom but can cook for you, keep my space clean, help around the house and am very interested in listening to your life stories and hear you talk about your culture. So please don't hesitate to couch surf with us when in India. You won't need to sleep on the floor or use dirty linen or bathroom.

Posted September 22nd, 2011 - 10:11 pm from Kuenzelsau, Germany
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Posted October 15th, 2012 - 3:52 am by from Levin, New Zealand (Permalink)
Hi everyone, I am an older traveller/couch surfer, just joined up

Posted October 15th, 2012 - 10:40 pm by from Ryde, England (Permalink)
Hi Mia. In your profile you say that Cambodia is on your list of..Want to visit. My son has lived there for a number of years. If you do visit at a later date I am sure as a C/S member he will try to help.

Posted October 16th, 2012 - 7:27 am by from Amsterdam, Netherlands (Permalink)
Hi Mia, My son lives in Cambodia too, he has backpacker hotel on Koh Rong off the coast of Sihanoukville and I visit as often as finance will allow. I always fly to Bangkok, then, again depending on finances, I either fly to Phnom Penh and bus it from there or get the bus all the way. I absolutely love it and no matter how many times I make the journey, it always feels like a big adventure! I'll be there in December, let me know when you are ready to go, maybe we could meet up. Best regards Dawn

Posted November 3rd, 2012 - 4:05 am by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
Dear Mia, dawn, Meera, Paulen and Evelyn I read your posts and interesting that you continue with the spirit of travels!. We both too love travelling and if you ever come this way to Auckalnd, NZ do drop a line and would love to host you ! KIT Anita / Dhammika

Posted November 3rd, 2012 - 7:48 am by from Amsterdam, Netherlands (Permalink)
Hi Anita,

Thanks very much for the invitation. My destinations are set for the foreseeable with my son in Cambodia and family and friends still in England. I had so many plans to travel but now all my resources are concentrated on the aforementioned. However, I am at home to visitors and thoroughly enjoy the company of couchsurfing ladies of my own generation. I extend the invitation back. :-) Dawn

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 4:56 pm by from Prague, Czech Republic (Permalink)
That's great! :)

Posted June 17th, 2013 - 3:50 am from San Bernardino, United States
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Posted June 25th, 2013 - 3:11 am from Gelugor, Malaysia
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Posted July 27th, 2013 - 5:29 pm by from Cambridge, Canada (Permalink)
Hi there I just joined CS this month and love finding out about this great group has to offer. I am older 58 female, young at heart and travelling to Amsterdam on Sept 17th 2013 with my sisterinlaw and would love to meet up with others in the area to give us insight where to go around in amsterdam, place to eat and just meet some new people. thanku barbara from Cambridge Ontario Canada

Posted August 7th, 2013 - 2:25 pm by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
Hi there

I would love to surf couch except that I haven't been successful in the past with CS. To me, CS is more about meeting people and forming a connection then getting a free couch for a couple of nights. :)

Barbara, I will be in Europe from 19 August but Amsterdam is not one of my stop. What a pity, otherwise, I would love to accept your invitation to meet you.

Perhaps, another time.


Posted August 7th, 2013 - 10:54 pm by from Cambridge, Canada (Permalink)
Hi there Lee and thanku for your message....I am in Amsterdam then off to London on my last leg of my trip. I also havent had any luck with a couch so thought i would send a message to meet the locals of Amsterdam for a coffee or drink and tell me what to see, and good places to eat etc. where are u off to in europe? This will be my 1st trip to Europe so looking forward to it.. my son gets back tomorrow from travelling to amsterdam, belgium, france, london and dublin so looking forward to hearing about his trip....Maybe one day we can meet u never know....take care....barbara

Posted August 8th, 2013 - 1:03 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Barbara

Perhaps the title of this thread should be phrased "How can older traveler surf couch successfully?" rather then "not many older traveler surf couch". :)

I would love to surf couch and/or meet locals but it would appear that not so many hosts are interested in providing a couch. What really makes me mad is that not many has the manners to reply to your request. I don't mind receiving a 'no' but at least do have the courtesy to respond to request.

Another thing that makes me angry was the elaborate explanation that one couch surfer went to, when the arrival time drew near. This person claimed that "she had to withdrew the offer because a friend dying of cancer is stopping at her place to receive treatment." It maybe true but let us put it this way, I wasn't born yesterday. :(

If you change your mind, just a polite email to say "sorry, but I am having second thoughts or I change my mind". That will do me. :)

I like people to be honest about their refusal, don't exaggerate or justify your refusal. It is ok to say "no".


Posted August 10th, 2013 - 3:13 am by from Amarillo, United States (Permalink)
Don't give up, I am a 6 year active member and love it. I have hosted over 100 people & stayed in over 50. I will be CSing in Lawrence Kansas in Nov. to attend the wedding of a girl that I use to be a Nanny to. I always enjoy meeting new people and sometimes keeping in touch with them. 3 of us even took a cruise together.

What do you think has kept you from CSing / being accepted or finding profiles you like?

I am 54 and have stayed with all diff. ages, economic situations & education levels. I love it.

Posted October 14th, 2013 - 1:51 am from Ottawa, Canada
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Posted October 15th, 2013 - 10:05 pm by from Cambridge, Canada (Permalink)
luv your outlook.....what a great trip you must of have for 6 months and have the opportunity to meet so many csurfers I to cant afford fancy beds so couchsurfing seems to be the way to go......

Posted October 16th, 2013 - 3:49 pm by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)
Hello all of you,
It was really great to find this group.After reading all you have posted,I think we are in the same boat.I don't think many young people can share what we think and need.I have hosted several CSers, young and old, but I found out that not many young CSers knew how to show their gratitude to their hosts properly.
I am willing to host those who are polite enough to respond to new friends' requests or invitations.So contact me if you plan to tour Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.
Thuy Ha