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'''Hospitality exchange''' is an amazing way to travel without spending much [[money]]. You get to stay with locals for free. And when you're home receiving guests is a bit like traveling yourself.
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There's a history to hospitality exchange networks. The gist is this: CouchSurfing is now by far the biggest but is generally considered to be in decline (partly because it's now a for profit corporation). [[:bw:|BeWelcome]] is a much smaller but growing nicely.
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'''Hospitality''' is the act of offering [[:Category:Accommodation|accommodation]] to guests, inviting them for dinner or giving a guided tour through the area. There are many hospitality exchange networks, both online as well as offline to facilitate hospitality exchange.
  
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'''Hospitality exchange''' is probably as old as humanity. It's part of [[muslim culture]]. In the 20th century ''Servas'' was probably the first organized way for exchanging hospitality. In the late 20th century several online hospitality exchange networks popped up.
  
==Main Hospitality exchanges==
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It is cheap way to travel without spending much [[money]] and one meets locals for free. When you're home receiving guests is a bit like travelling yourself.
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* [http://www.bewelcome.org BeWelcome](often abbreviated as BW) is a hospitality exchange service that is run by a non-profit organization. The website was founded in February 2007. As of September 2013, the organisation has more than 48,000 members in more than 150 countries all around the world who offer free accommodation and help during travels. Joining is free and the software behind the site is free and open-source software.
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''Home exchange'' or ''house swapping'' is a similar concept.
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==Free hospitality exchanges==
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There's a [[:couch:Hospitality_exchange|history to hospitality exchange networks]] in [[:share:Couchwiki|Couchwiki]], a [[share:wiki|wiki]] guide on hospitality exchanges. All platforms are different and have different features, see this [https://ideas.trustroots.org/comparison-of-hospitality-exchange-platforms/ comparism of hospitality platforms].
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* [http://www.hospitalityguide.net/ hospitalityguide.net] - overview of hospitality exchange networks
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[[File:Bewelcome.jpeg|thumb|right|150px|[http://bewelcome.org bewelcome.org]]]
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* '''[http://www.bewelcome.org/ BeWelcome]''' (or ''BW'') is a hospitality exchange service that was forked from Hospitalityclub and is run by a non-profit organization. The website was founded in February 2007. As of December 2014, the organisation has more than 100,000 members in more than 200 countries all around the world who offer free accommodation and help during travels. Joining is free and the software behind the site is free and ''[open source]'' software. It is much smaller than CS, but grows nicely.
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[[File:Trustroots.png|thumb|right|150px|[https://trustroots.org trustroots.org]]]
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* '''[https://www.trustroots.org Trustroots]''' (or ''TR'') is a hospitality exchange community for hitchhikers, nomads and other travellers. You can find hosts easily through a map. It is a non-profit, ''[open source]'' and free project made by the same team you brought you Hitchwiki, Trashwiki, Nomadwiki & more. The website was founded in December 2014.
  
* [http://www.couchsurfing.org CouchSurfing] is the most popular and well known of these particular 'free accomodation' community sites. It connects surfers with hosts all over the world. Not as popular with some since it was sold to the private for-profit corporation Better World Through Travel in 2011.
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* [http://www.warmshowers.org Warmshowers] (or ''WS'') is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring [[cycling|cyclists]]. People who are willing to host touring cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and share great stories and a drink.
 
* [http://www.warmshowers.org Warmshowers] is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. People who are willing to host touring cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and share great stories and a drink.
 
  
 
* [http://www.globalfreeloaders.com globalfreeloaders] is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local's perspective!
 
* [http://www.globalfreeloaders.com globalfreeloaders] is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local's perspective!
  
* [http://www.hospitalityclub.org Hospitality club] aims to bring people together—hosts and guests, travelers and locals.
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* [http://www.servas.org Servas International] – With a history dating back to 1949, it is focused on human rights and global peace.
  
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* [http://www.hospitalityclub.org Hospitality club] is one of the first internet-based hospitality exchanges, aims to bring people together — hosts and guests, travellers and locals (rejects profiles without reason).
  
==Other notable Hospitality Exchanges==
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* [[Pasporta Servo]] – A hospitality service for [[Esperanto]] speakers, whereby lodging is provided without monetary exchange.
  
www.servas.org
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* [http://belodged.com belodged.com]
 
www.opencouchsurfing.org
 
 
www.racespace.org
 
 
www.tejo.org/eo/ps_lingv_en
 
 
www.hospex.net
 
 
www.lghei.org
 
 
www.meeturplanet.com
 
 
www.travelersfortravelers.com
 
 
www.tripping.com
 
  
  
===Rural hospitality===
 
People offering places to stay in rural areas (villages and farms).
 
  
* [http://www.ruralhospitality.org/maps/ Maps]
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List of profitable [[hospitality services]]
* [http://www.ruralhospitality.org/ Wiki]
 
* [http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=9949 CS groups]
 
  
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== Accommodation and food in exchange for work ==
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* [[WWOOF]] ("Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms") – a network whereby help on the host's property is exchanged for food, accommodation, education, and cultural interaction. (15-20€ per year for hosts)
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* [[w:Workaway|Workaway]] – A hospitality service aimed at budget travellers and language-learners whereby travellers provide help to their hosts in exchange for food and board. Approximately 25,000 hosts.
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* [http://www.helpx.net/ Helpx.net]: Bringing people together (20€ per 2 years / 1200 h in [[Europe]])
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* [http://www.workaway.info/ Workaway.info]: Travel, language and work exchange, work and [[Volunteering|volunteer]] in exchange for food and acomodation (18€ / 2 ans / 736 host)
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* [http://www.the7interchange.com/ The7interchange.com]: free, low-cost volunteer opportunities, volunteering at host projects all over the world. (15€ pour 2 ans / 525 host)
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* [[w:Friendship Force International|Friendship Force International]] – A network with 16,000 members that concentrates on building understanding across cultures.
  
 
== How to be a good guest ==
 
== How to be a good guest ==
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Couchwiki's page on [[:couch:How_to_be_a_good_guest|how to be a good guest]] is a great read to get started, after that you can also read [[:couch:How_to_be_a_good_host|about how to be a good host]]. It's actually highly recommendable to host yourself as well, as it gives you a good perspective of things.
  
Couchwiki's page on [[:couch:How_to_be_a_good_guest|how to be a good guest]] is a great read to get started.
 
  
==Street hosts==
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== More information ==
Find a host directly from the streets without any need of internet or technology is often a great asset and skill for nomads. If you don't have an easy access to internet nor a personal device or a mobile phone, sending requests, waiting for answers and fixing a meeting with your host can be annoying. Go to the streets!
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* [[:couch:A brief history of hospitality exchange networks|A brief history of hospitality exchange networks]]
If you busk it will be even easier since you call more the attention and people "frame" you more, you easily give a quick impression of who are you, what are you doing and what do you need; if you don't busk no worries it will work anyways, the technique is the same. Grab a panel, same style as for hitchhiking, bigger may be better, and write on it "any couch for tonight?" "any nice host for couchsurfers?" "may i sleep with you tonight? :)" or similar; hang it behind your backpack and walk around (it will be more visible) "possible hosts'" transited places such as train stations, universities, city centres, commercial streets etc.
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* [[Spontaneous hospitality]]
If you stop for busking leave it well under the spotlight so that people can see it (often they ll be surprised thinking you were asking for money on it..) if not you can also leave down the backpack and start holding it with your hands (free hugs style; you can also free hug meanwhile, people will consider you more nicely); it seems weird but it definitely does work, at least in [[Europe]], western countries where a good amount of people, especially young, know the concept.
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* [[:moneyless:hospitality-exchange-networks|Moneyless.org about hospitality exchange networks]]
In other type of countries, poorer or simply from a slightly different culture (e.g [[Georgia]] or [[Iran]]), often the hospitality is a inner spontaneous concept and you won't have problem to be invited at home and feeded by people if you say you'll sleep in tent or don't have any place to stay (and don't want to/can't pay for hotels).
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* [http://ideas.trustroots.org/comparison-of-hospitality-exchange-platforms/ Comparison of Hospitality Exchange platforms]
Being invited by your driver if you hitchhike is also a good option.
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* [[:couch:List of hospitality exchange networks|List of hospitality exchange networks]] (Couchwiki)
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* [http://dmoztools.net/Recreation/Travel/Lodging/Hospitality_Clubs List of platforms on DMOZ]
  
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=== Blogs ===
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* [http://sustainablecommunitiesaroundtheworld.blogspot.com/ Sustainablecommunitiesaroundtheworld.blogspot.com] (dormant since 2010)
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* [http://viagensverdes.wordpress.com/ Viagensverdes.wordpress.com] : Wwoof, ecovillages, ecotourisme... {{lang|PT|Portugese}}
  
 
   
 
   
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Nomadwiki is a wiki for nomads, started by some of the same community who brought you Trustroots, Hitchwiki, Trashwiki, Couchwiki, Sharewiki and more.

Hospitality is the act of offering accommodation to guests, inviting them for dinner or giving a guided tour through the area. There are many hospitality exchange networks, both online as well as offline to facilitate hospitality exchange.

Hospitality exchange is probably as old as humanity. It's part of muslim culture. In the 20th century Servas was probably the first organized way for exchanging hospitality. In the late 20th century several online hospitality exchange networks popped up.

It is cheap way to travel without spending much money and one meets locals for free. When you're home receiving guests is a bit like travelling yourself.

Home exchange or house swapping is a similar concept.

Free hospitality exchanges

There's a history to hospitality exchange networks in Couchwiki, a guide on hospitality exchanges. All platforms are different and have different features, see this comparism of hospitality platforms.

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  • BeWelcome (or BW) is a hospitality exchange service that was forked from Hospitalityclub and is run by a non-profit organization. The website was founded in February 2007. As of December 2014, the organisation has more than 100,000 members in more than 200 countries all around the world who offer free accommodation and help during travels. Joining is free and the software behind the site is free and [open source] software. It is much smaller than CS, but grows nicely.
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  • Trustroots (or TR) is a hospitality exchange community for hitchhikers, nomads and other travellers. You can find hosts easily through a map. It is a non-profit, [open source] and free project made by the same team you brought you Hitchwiki, Trashwiki, Nomadwiki & more. The website was founded in December 2014.
  • Warmshowers (or WS) is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. People who are willing to host touring cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and share great stories and a drink.
  • globalfreeloaders is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local's perspective!
  • Servas International – With a history dating back to 1949, it is focused on human rights and global peace.
  • Hospitality club is one of the first internet-based hospitality exchanges, aims to bring people together — hosts and guests, travellers and locals (rejects profiles without reason).
  • Pasporta Servo – A hospitality service for Esperanto speakers, whereby lodging is provided without monetary exchange.


List of profitable hospitality services

Accommodation and food in exchange for work

  • WWOOF ("Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms") – a network whereby help on the host's property is exchanged for food, accommodation, education, and cultural interaction. (15-20€ per year for hosts)
  • Workaway – A hospitality service aimed at budget travellers and language-learners whereby travellers provide help to their hosts in exchange for food and board. Approximately 25,000 hosts.
  • Helpx.net: Bringing people together (20€ per 2 years / 1200 h in Europe)
  • Workaway.info: Travel, language and work exchange, work and volunteer in exchange for food and acomodation (18€ / 2 ans / 736 host)
  • The7interchange.com: free, low-cost volunteer opportunities, volunteering at host projects all over the world. (15€ pour 2 ans / 525 host)
  • Friendship Force International – A network with 16,000 members that concentrates on building understanding across cultures.

How to be a good guest

Couchwiki's page on how to be a good guest is a great read to get started, after that you can also read about how to be a good host. It's actually highly recommendable to host yourself as well, as it gives you a good perspective of things.


More information

Blogs

couch:Hospitality exchange