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Surf\'s up!

September 25 2009
‘Sofa surfing‘ gets a makeover and becomes the ‘couch surfing‘ movement "Sofa surfing" is a modern social definition to describe those who live by bedding down on friend's floors or furniture, but now Couch Surfing has taken this to a new level and become a movement. Couch Surfing pretty much does what it says on the tin. You rock up to a front door and ask a complete stranger if you can bunk down on their sofa. Couch Surfing, at its simplest, is an online system that enables you to make connections with people and their accommodation the world over. There is no predetermined agreement between traveller and host: When you surf a couch, you are a guest at someone's house. They will provide you with some sort of accommodation, be it a three-piece suite or a patch of grass to pitch your tent on. Stays can be as short as a cup of coffee and a shower to a month-long slumber. It began with its founder, Casey Fenton, getting a cheap ticket to Iceland for a long weekend, but not having enough spare cash to cover accommodation. Rather than spend a cold night under the stars he decided to email over 1,500 Icelandic students in Reykjavik to ask if he could crash on one of their couches: Couch Surfing was born. There are 89,570 known couch cruisers in the world today. The scenario could make a transition, and anyone could get onto the sofa circuit - this could be a story about a one-way bus ticket to Croydon or backpacking your way around Europe.