No, not literally surfing on a couch, but rather an alternative approach to lodging versus the traditional money-pit hotels that plague travelers on a budget. Couchsurfing entails contacting a host in a chosen destination and asking them to let you crash on their couch, futon, or bed for a short amount of time. There is no monetary exchange; all that is required is a willingness to be a good guest and a desire to meet new people. In return, you’ll likely make some great friends and pick up unforgettable stories along the way. You can also host travelers on your own couch as a way to participate in the global network of couchsurfing hosts and travelers, all of whom connect through a central website akin to many popular social media sites.