The concept of Couchsurfing works, but the fact that it is a free service means there are some negative aspects – the hosts can be pretty unreliable and the couches are not always comfortable. Next time, try 9flats.com – you also stay at private homes, but you pay for it, which means that you get a proper, guaranteed bed. There are some pretty cool places like houseboats, villas and tipis. Visit the website here.
Boat, Amsterdam, Netherlands
House, Gabarnac, France