Safety Basics

Your safety is important. Take it seriously. We do.

Whether you’re hosting a guest, surfing or hanging out with fellow Couchsurfers, we want you to be safe.

  • Trust your instincts

    If a person, situation or profile seems unsafe for any reason, move on. Don’t worry about seeming rude. Communicate clearly with others and take care of yourself.

  • Be informed about the culture where you are traveling

    Do your homework, and be sure you’re aware of cultural sensitivities, mores and general safety recommendations for each place that you travel.

  • Communicate through Couchsurfing

    Don’t give out your phone number and email address until you meet and feel comfortable with a new person. Use the Couchrequest and Messaging systems within the website to communicate.

  • Review profiles carefully

    Take the time to carefully review member profiles. Read what members say about themselves and what other members have said about them. Give yourself the time to thoroughly read through all the information available.

  • Know your limits and enjoy responsibly

    Partying like a rockstar might be fun, but it puts your safety and well-being in the hands of others.

  • Have a backup plan

    Know your options. If something doesn’t work out with your host, make sure you have an alternate place to stay.

  • Leave feedback

    Let other Couchsurfers know about your experiences with the people you meet. Be honest and clear. You can do this by leaving reviews other members can see.

  • Report abuse or negative experiences to Couchsurfing

    Our Trust and Safety team is here to help build the safest and most trusted community possible. They need your input in order to do their jobs. Confidentially report negative experiences or safety concerns here.


Tips for Women Travelers:

When you’re surfing, consider staying with other women or with families, especially if you’re traveling solo.

Be clear about your boundaries and don’t be shy about stating them.

Educate yourself about the cultural and religious differences in the places you visit. Gender roles and expectations differ widely.

Need Assistance?

Contact Our Safety Team