1. Couch surf
In 2004, visiting “friends” became easier than ever with the establishment of the CouchSurfing community. This option is not for everyone, as boarding with strangers can be unsettling to some. However, for those who are open minded the idea is great for saving money. It also offers the opportunity to meet new people. The community consists of people who are willing to host travelers free of charge. Members share information about themselves and what, if any, accommodations they can offer those seeking short term lodging. Amenities , hosts, and experiences vary as widely as the individuals who participate. Thus making every experience unique. By making use of the profiles and reviews, most people can find at least a couple of suitable hosts living in the places they plan to visit. Members are encouraged to host as well, but they are not required to do so.