There's a rich symbiotic relationship between travelers and local hosts. When people lend their couches and welcome a traveler to their home, they have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Travelers are able to not just find cheap accommodation but experience first-hand the local life of the hosts. It's such a wonderful form of cultural interaction.

With the increase of globalization and individualization, the concept of sharing couches brings people together. When people from different cultures connect with each other, a very positive thing happens. It opens our eyes to diversity and it makes us embrace, respect and appreciate the differences in us. The appreciation of diversity spreads tolerance and creates a better global community. That's exactly the spirit that this book celebrates.

Making of the Book

I remember the first time I had couchsurfed. It was in Kuala Lumpur. I stayed with a very friendly young man who was extremely hospitable. Two days earlier, I stayed in a 5 star hotel, courtesy of a large corporate who had invited me to speak at their conference. The stay at the 5 star hotel was luxurious but I enjoyed the couchsurfing experience more. I realized that it was the genuine hospitality, the kindness of the human heart and the opportunity to experience the local life is what couchsurfing so much more endearing. After my first experience, I was hooked. I knew this was my calling...

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