Wow! My son and I just finished a 3-week trip in Europe where we stayed each night with a couch surfing host. We had amazing experiences and met the kindest people. Couch Surfing can be risky, of course, but we had nothing but the best of experiences. The hospitality of our hosts was beautiful. After Amsterdam, we set up hosts day-by-day — not the best way to surf, but miraculously, each night’s stay worked out superbly. As in all things, consumers need to beware, but I would do it again in a second! Seeing Europe from a hotel room or a hostel would be 1/5 of the experience my son and I had. We were very fortunate.