Your safety factors are important. Take it seriously.
Review Profiles and References Carefully
Whether traveling, attending a function, or joining a Hangout, spend some time to carefully review member profiles. Read what members say about themselves and the other members have said about them. Give yourself time to thoroughly go through all the information available and don’t compromise. If you’re uncomfortable, keep looking.
Trust your instincts
If anyone, situation or profile seems unsafe without any reason, move ahead. Don’t stress about seeming rude. Be clear about your boundaries and don’t be shy about stating them. If someone in a very Hangout causes you to uncomfortable, leave the Hangout or don’t attend. Communicate clearly with other sites and look after yourself. If you’re uncomfortable staying alone having a member, consider being dedicated to families or with couples.
Have A Backup Plan
Know the options. If something doesn’t determine with your host, or if they misrepresented themselves or their house, be sure to have an alternate lodging. Identify the nearest hostel or hotel, or have a very backup host in position before you go. If possible, research your host’s neighborhood ahead of arriving, including getting to and from there all on your own. If you’re heading to a conference or joining a Hangout, lookup the location previous to attending.
Be Informed in regards to the culture in which you are traveling
Do your homework, and make certain you’re aware about cultural and religious differences, sensitivities, and general safety tips for each place which you travel. Gender roles and expectations will differ wildly. Consider using this resources for safety alerts and advisories:
Communicate Through Couchsurfing
Never hand out your cell phone number or email to a new person before you meet and be pleased with them. Use only the
site and mobile apps speak. Confirming trips and keeping all communication on Couchsurfing helps our Trust and Safety team identify issues and react quickly.
Know Your Limits
Partying being a rockstar may very well be fun, nonetheless it puts your safety and well-being at the disposal of others.
Use the Reference System permit other Couchsurfers be familiar with your experiences together with the people you meet. Be honest and clear. The other member won’t go to your reference until they leave theirs, or until two weeks have passed. After 2 weeks, members cannot leave a Host or Surf reference. Please review our Reference Policy for the Couchsurfing Policies page.
Report Negative Experiences
Our Trust and Safety team can be used to help build the safest and a lot trusted community possible. Reporting safety concerns to Couchsurfing assists in maintaining future Couchsurfers safe. Confidentially report negative experiences or safety concerns here.