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"I Didn't Ask To Be Homeless: I Made Good Choices!"

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Paul Heroux

Inmates being released from jail or prison need housing first and foremost because without a place to sleep the night they are released from incarceration, they are immediately at risk for recidivism.

The Rules For Crashing At A Friend's Place

Map Happy | Posted 06.17.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

The key to being an amazing houseguest is learning how to talk, walk and breathe like a ninja.

Servas, an Open Door to Travel the Lonely Planet... for Free!

Eric Trules | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Eric Trules

Long before there were Airbnb or Couchsurfing, I was able to travel the lonely planet for free by staying with voluntary Servas hosts around the world.

How to Be a Successful Couch Surfer

Karl Wilder | Posted 02.18.2015 | Travel
Karl Wilder

As a host, I have had some wonderful experiences and some less wonderful. As a guest, I have been fortunate to have had all wonderful experiences and make friends all over the world.

On a Budget? 5 Ways You Can Still Travel the World!

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.18.2015 | Travel
Jonha Revesencio

The world is becoming more accessible, with airlines, accommodation and everything in between available at budget-friendly prices. If you can sort through the droves of information, you can go a lot further for a lot less. You can collect and redeem miles, watch for seat sales but if you're open minded to other ideas, here are a few other options that can help you travel on a budget.

How To Travel The World On $40 A Day

Anne Collins Howard | Posted 04.01.2015 | Travel
Anne Collins Howard

When we tell people that we traveled to 302 cities in 33 countries across 6 continents for our honeymoon, they generally assume we are millionaires--far from it.

5 Lessons Learned Couch Surfing in Amsterdam

Jaimee Ratliff | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Jaimee Ratliff

Looking back on my amazing experience with my new friends, there are five things my couch surfing experience in Amsterdam has taught me that can possibly help you if you are daring to test the waters to hang ten on strange couches.

Finding Courage Far From Home

Jill Kozak | Posted 01.05.2015 | Travel
Jill Kozak

Behind my eyes were such beautiful sites, so many generous, kind people. Is this what I had been afraid of? Having an amazing time? Meeting people from halfway around the globe who shared similar interests as me? It all seemed so silly now. It's certainly true that nature loves courage.

How to Travel the World for Free

Budget Travel | Posted 11.07.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

We know, we know. You can't actually travel the world without paying for something along the way. But we've got a few ideas to help cut down on costs and ensure you'll have a more authentic adventure.

How to Avoid Apartment Rental Scams

U.S. News Travel | Posted 10.03.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

For travelers craving a unique and personal place to stay, vacation rentals can provide the ultimate experience. Whether you're a first-timer nervous to ditch traditional lodging or an experienced host or guest, these tips will help you avoid scams and make the most of your stay.

Home Is Where the Local Is

Global Yodel | Posted 06.28.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

We reached out to our contributors and asked them to share pictures of their homes. Click through the slideshow below to meet a speedo-clad man named Cloudy Cloud, see a LA pillow fight and learn what happens when a group of travelers take over a 4,000-square-foot warehouse.

How Couchsurfing Epitomizes the 'Sharing Economy'

Rachel Stern | Posted 03.27.2013 | San Francisco
Rachel Stern

Alexandra Liss, 29, tried not to grimace when waking up at 4 a.m. in Morocco. Living like a local, the San Franciscan agreed to try a pre-dawn prayer with her Couchsurfing host.

The Shame of Being Broke: Going, Going, Nearly Gone

Nicholas Carroll | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Nicholas Carroll

2012 was the year when people started freely telling casual friends they were broke -- or living in their car. It was the year that contract-thumping moralists lost their voice. It was the year that sleeping on a friend's couch became acceptable and accepted.

4 Times A Hotel Is Better Than A Guest Room

Kari Haugeto | Posted 03.25.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

There's no sugarcoating it: visits to friends or family members' homes can sometimes be excruciatingly difficult.

WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media

Shawn Amos | Posted 10.24.2012 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Remember travel agents? Once a staple of vacation planning, their numbers have dwindled as Internet and social media use has skyrocketed.

How to Couch Surf

Francis Tapon | Posted 10.17.2012 | San Francisco
Francis Tapon

Whenever people come to my events or read my books, they ask me, "How do you manage to get invited to so many people's homes when you travel?" I am super social when I travel and I adore couchsurfing.

Need To Pee? There's An App For That

Inae Oh | Posted 11.07.2011 | New York

New Yorkers know too well what it's like to run around town pee-pee dancing toward the nearest accesible bathroom. Images of the worst case scenario s...

WATCH: Couch Surfing, Literally

Posted 10.09.2011 | Sports

BroShenanigans. Their name says it all. What do you get when you have some bros, an old couch and a boat? Couch surfing, obviously. These guys, ...

The Gift of Money

Claire Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Claire Gordon

With the Internet reducing search, transaction and distribution costs to near nil, savvy start-ups have been able to thwart the capitalist order and make use-value the sole value of a good once again.

Homeless College Students On The Rise, Advocates Say

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

If he's not in class, Christopher Sparks can usually be found in a computer from the library at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. That's be...

Has the Business of Sharing Finally Reached the Tipping Point?

Micki Krimmel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Micki Krimmel

We can't seem to open our browsers anymore without seeing a new article about how peer-to-peer sharing is changing our economy.

Tips For Driving Across America

Matt Kepnes | Posted 09.19.2011 | Travel
Matt Kepnes

Driving across America is not as easy as is imagined. Here are a few things to remember.

Couchsurfing Memoir: How Many Different Apartments Can One Person Live In?

Los Angeles Times | Steven Zeitchik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Berman, whose new book is "No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments," has made it her goal to dwell in homes in two of the most expensive cities ...

The Local Travel Movement: How To Make Your Vacations More Meaningful

Shadia Garrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Shadia Garrison

Why travel 7,000 miles just to sit around and look at a beautiful yet dime a dozen beach? Why spend all your time in a museum when that same culture's current artists are right outside the door?

Homeric Hospitality in the South

Michael Koenigs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Koenigs

The United States is now the "Couch Surfing" capital of the world with nearly 400,000 people opening their homes to random travelers on Couchsurfing.org.