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    HOW TO BE A GOOD COUCHSURFING HOST
    This information I found about couchsurfing is quite interesting and wish to share it with you because I am sure there are many of you who want to be the best hosts when the time comes.
    Well, here is the article below which I just copied:



    Everyone seems to be jumping on the Couch Surfing Bandwagon at the moment. And why not, itís a great concept. Travel around the world, staying for free and meeting some cool and interesting people at the same time. Thereís plenty written about the etiquette of surfing someoneís couch, but not so much available on how to be a good host. Hereís some thoughts Iíve based around my experience of giving up my couch to globetrotters.


    Be a good host and print off a map of your city, and some sight seeing tips. Theyíll be available from your city councils website. You probably donít want to go and see all the tourist sights in your city, so by giving some details on whatís around and how to get there you excuse yourself from having to do all that mundane stuff like waiting in line at museums, freeing yourself to do what ever it is you actually want to do with your spare time.
    Tidy up a bit. Despite what you might have thought, most people are not indifferent about eating dinner at a table strewn with dirty gym socks, a full ashtray and the latest addition of ĎJugsí.
    Respect your surferís life choices. Sure, theyíre staying at your place, but it doesnít mean they have to agree with everything you say. You might have different political beliefs, who cares? So what if youíre a vegetarian and they eat the equivalent of their own body weight in steak each day. If you are a staunch vegetarian and donít like meat being cooked in your house let them know before you agree to them staying with you. Donít force your beliefs down their throat (with a side of lentils). Having said that, this whole concept is about exchanging ideas and different ways of life, so healthy debate is good as long as theyíre into it as much as you are. This also applies to trying to convert them to your religion.
    Donít be the weird guy that leers at the Scandinavian backpacker who are asleep on your couch. It can be awkward enough for a surfer staying in a strangers house, donít make it worse than it has to be. This also means NO Ďaccidentallyí opening the bathroom door with fake cries of ďOh, I didnít know you were in here!Ē and donít walk around in your boxers all day. Chances are youíre probably not as hot as you think you are. This brings me to my next point;
    Donít sleep with the couch surfer. Unless itís the last night that theyíre staying with you. Especially donít do this if you have a partner or youíre not all that great in bed. One of the benefits of a one-night stand is that you can leave in the morning with minimal awkwardness. This isnít so with a couch surfer staying with you for a few nights. If you do happen to succumb and end up getting together with your couch surfer and it isnít all that great, try to make yourself scarce until they leave. Why prolong the weirdness? Sleeping with the couch surfers goes against the whole principal of meeting new travellers and exchanging ideas and experiences, so do try to keep it in your pants.
    On a personal note, double check your potential surferís profile before committing to letting them crash at your place. ALL of their profile. I recently had a couch surfer request to stay at my place, we agreed on a date and while waiting for him to come one evening I had another look at his profile only to find that the previous host had left some pretty scathing comments Ė it turns out my guest started his own religion and claimed to be the messiah. He spent all of his time at their house trying to convert them to his own religion, called them fascists for not following his beliefs, and then helped himself to the pantry, throwing out all the food that he deemed unhealthy. Suffice to say I made up an excuse and cancelled on him. A poor move by me but one that I felt was necessary and I now resolve myself to double checking every detail of a potential surferís profile before agreeing to have them stay.
    Couch Surfing is a wonderful concept but unfortunately there are hosts and surfers out there taking advantage of this phenomenon. Use a bit of commonsense before allowing someone into your home, and by participating positively to this social experiment of sorts youíll be contributing to a more open, safe and enjoyable global travel community.

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    Vietnam map- the need for any tourist
    Currently, many people, both foreign visitors and the Vietnamese oversea, wish to see Vietnam and learn more about the country and people. Places and geographical regions are located on the map showing where it is all about. We would like to mention the map of Vietnam in order to help tourists learn better of places in Vietnam.

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    Thanks a lot for sharing this inspiring post..
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