Couchsurfing

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Couchsurfing is a practice in which people let strangers who don’t have a place to stay live at their house for a few days. It is a great way to save money while traveling, but also demands a huge amount of trust from both parties. The host party is supposed to let them stay free of charge, and the guest accepts their kindness. Anthropologist David Picard wrote about one of his experiences couchsurfing, in which he asked his host  ‘if she was not scared to let strangers stay at her house and leave them with the keys. She wasn’t, she said: people return the trust and confidences they are offered. Or at least she hoped so.” With modern technology, couchsurfers everywhere have been using an international website called couchsurfers.org, whose mission is to create “a world where everyone can explore and create meaningful connections with the people and places we encounter.” Anthropologists can not only use this practice when they travel, but also use it study the way that people from different places and cultures interact, and they way that humans form trust in each other through connecting with them in such a way.

http://popanth.com/article/can-couchsurfing-make-a-better-world/

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