Waking up in a stranger’s home is nothing new for most people; but the idea of spending one’s holidays – those precious few weeks of the year – with someone completely unknown is enough to send even the tightest traveller running to a resort.
Yet, when it came to visiting Europe, this was how I chose to go about it by becoming a member of Couch Surfing, a global website where travellers can connect, meet and stay with locals who are willing to host them.
As a journalist, I was already accustomed to entering the homes of strangers and figured that after interviewing some of the most deadpan, lifeless managers and CEOs I could at least make it through a dinner-time conversation with whoever decided to let me stay, however reticent they may prove.
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