Nowhere does the profile state explicitly that if you are an attractive female traveler, you might skip the couch entirely and wind up in Riccardo’s bed, but it’s a good possibility.
Her work has also appeared in Real Simple, Parents, More, AARP Bulletin and many other publications. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and loves to travel for free with her husband and three children using credit card points.
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(Riccardo and other Couchsurfing users quoted in this article asked to be identified by pseudonyms.) On the business front, the crowdsourced hospitality site has been experiencing a rough patch lately.
After a controversial transition to a for-profit model in 2011, which brought $22 million in funding in the past two years, growing pains have set in.
This is completely optional and the VIP area can also be accessed by free members using credits.