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Couchsurfing – sve što treba da znaš

Da li si ikad spavao/ la na kauču nepoznate osobe? U drugoj zemlji? U nepoznatom gradu? Da li ti se to čini čudnim, nesvakidašnjim, riskantnim? Mene je ta neobična  ideja privukla odmah! Ukoliko još nisi čuo/ la za Couchsurfing ili se još uvek dvoumiš da li je takav način putovanja za tebe – pročitaj ovaj tekst do kraja.

Šta je zapravo Couchsurfing?

Couchsurfing je online posrednik između putnika koji traži smeštaj u nekoj zemlji i lokalnog stanovnika koji besplatno nudi svoj kauč ili sobu. Putnik dobija besplatan smeštaj, a oba učesnika kontakt sa drugom kulturom, drugim jezikom, drugim načinom života.

Osnovna ideja ove platforme nije samo da besplatno spavaš kod nekog, već da tvoje putovanje bude intenzivnije i kvalitetnije. Od svog domaćina možeš saznati o načinu života u njegovoj zemlji, o običajima, o tradicionalnoj hrani i piću, koje ćeš sigurno kod njega i probati. On će ti dati savete u vezi sa obilaskom grada i otkriti neka mesta koja su turističkim vodičima verovatno nepoznata, što će tvoj boravak učiniti autentičnim i nezaboravnim.

Kako sve to funkcioniše?

Prvi korak je pravljenje profila. Važno je da pri pravljenju profila budeš iskren/ a i napišeš što više o sebi. Fotografija nije obavezna, ali je poželjna, jer postavljanjem fotografije odaješ utisak otvorene i pouzdane osobe. U profilu ćeš pisati o svojim interesovanjima, putovanjima, navikama…

Ukoliko planiraš i ti da primaš ljude, potrebno je da napišeš i u kakvim uslovima živiš – da li bi potencijalni posetilac imao svoj krevet, sobu, da li živiš sam/ a ili s nekim, da li imaš kućne ljubimce, koje su tvoje navike ( npr. rano ustajanje, veganska / vegetarijanska ishrana, naturalizam itd.). Ove informacije su jako važne za potencijalnog posetioca, jer je jako važno da se u tvom domu on oseća sigurno i opušteno. Što se više stvari poklopi – to je veća šansa poseta bude na obostrano zadovoljstvo.

Ako tražiš domaćina u nekom gradu, možeš ga naći na dva načina. Prvi je da objaviš javni poziv i čekaš da ti se neko javi Drugi je da u pretragu ukucaš mesto putovanja, pretražiš korisnike iz tog grada i na osnovu njihovih profila pronađeš odgovarajuće, te im pošalješ privatnu poruku. Ja preferiram drugi način, jer je ličniji. Kada se nekom obratiš direktno, i kažeš zašto želiš baš njega da upoznaš – veće su šanse da će te ugostiti. Dakle, slanje zahteva je kao neka vrsta motivacionog pisma 🙂

Kada pronađeš domaćina, dogovarate se o mestu i vremenu sastanka. I, druženje počinje! Bilo bi lepo da svom domaćinu poneseš neki simboličan poklončić iz svoje zemlje i da se pre odlaska informišeš o običajima zemlje u koju ideš. Važno je da znaš da domaćin nije dužan da sa tobom provodi vreme, da ti kuva, pere veš itd. Međutim, moje iskustvo je pokazalo da su korisnici veoma predusretljivi i gostoljubivi, i da će posvetiti vreme gostu ukoliko im svakodnevne obaveze to dozvoljavaju.

Kada se vratiš sa putovanja, potrebno je da ostaviš iskrenu referencu, tj. komentar za svog domaćina. On će takođe pisati referencu za tebe kao gosta. Tek kada obe strane objave komentare, oni će postati javno vidljivi. Imaj na umu da se reference ne mogu brisati niti menjati.

Koliko je Couchsurfing siguran?

Couchsurfing postoji od 2003. godine i trenutno ima 15 miliona korisnika širom sveta. Četiri miliona putnika godišnje nađe smeštaj baš preko ove platforme. Svoju sigurnost ćeš najbolje osigurati ukoliko:

  1. pre zahteva za smeštaj pročitaš reference potencijalnog domaćina
  2. proveriš da li je potencijalni domaćin verifikovao svoj profil
  3. komuniciraš sa potencijalnim domaćinom samo putem sajta/ aplikacije.

Naravno, i tvom potencijalnom domaćinu je važno da si ti pouzdana osoba. Zbog toga je važno da i ti verifikuješ profil. Couchsurfing nudi korisnicima doživotnu verifikaciju za 60 dolara. Kada jednom platiš, pored tvog imena će se pojaviti zeleni znak. Verfikacija podrazumeva ostavljanje svih podataka iz ličnog dokumenta, kao i broja kreditne kartice.

Moja iskustva

Prvo Couchsurfing iskustvo imala sam 2015. godine. Tada smo Lidija i ja putovale u Monpeje u Francuskoj i tamo smo ostale jednu noć, da bismo kasnije nastavile ka ribarskom gradiću Sete.

Dugo smo tražile smeštaj. Prvo smo objavile javni poziv, što se ispostavilo kao greška, jer smo dobijale zahteve uglavnom od muškaraca koji su tražili devojke. Onda smo se odlučile za detaljnije istraživanje profila i pronašle Francuskinju Lorene.

Sam naš dolazak je bio prilično neprijatan – jer je i ona tada prvi put bila domaćin. Nismo znale kako da se ponašamo, šta je u redu, a šta ne…Ispotavilo se da Lorene ne priča baš dobro engleski, tako da je između nas dve postojala i jezička barijera. Lidija je sve vreme prevodila 😉

.Prvo što smo primetile kada smo ušle je da ona ima mačku u stanu, što nije pisalo u profilu. Ubedila nas je da je mačka fina i da nam neće smetati dok budemo spavale u dnevnoj sobi. Međutim, izgleda da smo joj se baš svidele, jer se nije makla od nas. Na kraju je spavala u krevetu između nas dve 😀

Osim epizode s mačkom, sve je bilo zaista lepo. Probale smo pravi francuski doručak, a Lorene je sa nama obišla grad i pokazala nam neke zanimljive kutke.

Moje najlepše Couchsurfing iskustvo vezujem za Brašov i sjajnu Irinu. Kod nje sam nažalost provela samo jednu noć. Irina me je dočekala sa večerom i rumunskom rakijom, koja je jača od naše. Ustupila mi je krevet u svojoj spavaćoj sobi i dala mi karte za prevoz koje je samo trebalo da otkucam.

Pored svega što je učinila za mene, pre svega mi se dopalo kod nje što je opuštena i nasmejana. Skoro da nismo ni spavale, jer smo našle toliko zajedničkih tema – od plesa, preko putovanja, učenja jezika, do Srbije – odakle je i Irinin momak Saša. Ostale smo u kontaktu i nadam se da ću je uskoro ponovo posetiti.

Tekst o Brašovu možeš pročitati na ovom linku.

Couchsurfing Hangouts

Ukoliko u nekom gradu imaš smeštaj, ali želiš da upoznaš nekog lokalca, možeš instalirati Couchsurfing aplikaciju i uključiti Hangout mode. Hangout mode ti dozvoljava da vidiš turiste i lokalce koji se nalaze u tvojoj blizini i omogućava da s njima stupiš u kontakt., u cilju upoznavanja i druženja.

Ukoliko ti se ova mogućnost dopada, važno je da znaš da će aplikacija od tebe zahtevati da ukljućiš lokaciju. Savetujem ti da pri dogovaranju koristiš samo nju, kako bi sve poruke bile vidljive Couchsurfing timu. Za mesto sastanka uvek izaberi neki veći, promentiji trg ili znamenitost grada.

Nakon druženja takođe treba da ostaviš referencu na sajtu, a i ti ćeš dobiti svoju.

Ja sam samo jedanput koristila opciju Hangouts, 2018. godine u Budimpešti. Tada sam se srela i upoznala sa Hakimom iz Azerbejdžana i zajedno smo obilazili božićne markete. Moju priču iz Budimpešte možeš pročitati ovde.

Da li ti se dopala ideja?

Ukoliko ti se svidela priča koja stoji iza Couchsurfinga, možeš napraviti svoj profil ovde. Ukoliko budeš imao/ la bilo kakvo pitanje, možeš mi slobodno pisati.

A ako si već bio domaćin ili gost, podeli svoja iskustva! Čekam tvoje odgovore u komentarima 😉

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