Topics

British Airways Plc
Travel letters: Couchsurfing.com another entry to sharing economy

I read Catharine Hamm's article "Learning to Share" (Aug. 24) with great interest. I have been thinking a lot about our sharing economy and whether it is really just that. I was surprised that there was so little mention of Couchsurfing.com. I have just recently dipped my foot in these waters, hosting travelers from around the country and world. Unlike Airbnb, with Couchsurfing, no money is exchanged. I open my home to travelers and offer a place to sleep. Beyond that, I offer what I wish or am able — food, day trips, etc. The site also offers opportunities to ride-share and meet up. It is an exercise in trust for both parties. It may not be perfect, but it opens...

Loading