WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING on a tight budget, Couchsurfing can be one of your biggest blessings; however, as a solo female traveler you have to add an extra layer of precaution to your Couchsurfing adventures — especially now that so many people have distorted the real purpose of the site and started using it as a hookup app. Couchsurfing Horror Stories is a Facebook page filled with tales of women travelers who, instead of having a free place to sleep, ended up getting harassment and unwanted propositions. There are even some jerks openly blogging about how they use the site to bang foreign women.
This does not mean every person out there using the app is looking for more than what they state: a place to sleep and/or a new friend to hang out with while traveling. But, given that there seem to be so many creeps out there, here is a short list of tips to add to your personal security measures when Couchsurfing.