What are your plans for the next year? We explored Couchsurfing to compile this list of incredible locations to visit this year. Spend time with the people, learn about various cultures, and have a great time overall. Each of these cities has a lively culture and an active Couchsurfing community, making them the greatest destinations in the world to Couchsurf this year based on a variety of characteristics.
Groningen, The Netherlands
When you think of the Netherlands, you immediately think of Amsterdam, the thriving metropolis full of underground parties, open-minded individuals, and, of course, the famed red light district. However, if you’re searching for a young city with free-spirited people and an abundance of bicycles, Groningen is the place to be. It’s one of Europe’s happiest cities, and there are 10000 hosts waiting to welcome you on their sofa. Prepare to be immersed in authentic Dutch culture, from the Martini Tower to the Goudkantoor. And don’t worry, there are plenty of pubs and parties to visit, as well as a strong house and techno scene.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, dubbed the “Pearl of Asia,” is home to beautiful temples, the National Museum of Cambodia, and 1500 Couchsurfing hosts. While you’re there, don’t miss the Couchsurfing Phnom Penh Weekly Meetup, which takes place every Wednesday at 8pm and allows you to exchange travel tales and meet people from the Phnom Penh Couchsurfing community.
Set at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, there aren’t many cities that better combine the ancient and the new than Istanbul. Visit the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and Hagia Sophia to immerse yourself in ancient culture. Alternatively, in areas such as Cihangir and Kadköy-Moda, you may immerse yourself in the city’s bohemian and hipster culture. There are over 160,000 hosts and frequent meet-ups and language exchange activities, so you’ll never be alone here.
Do you want to spend some quality time outside? Visit Victoria and discover its beautiful gardens, wineries, and even the Victoria Bug Zoo! Don’t forget to stop at Fol Epi, a bakery widely recommended by the Couchsurfing community in Victoria, for coffee and delicious bread.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco, easily one of the most inventive and progressive cities in America, is an ideal location for couch surfing. You’re certain to meet intriguing individuals who are eager to show you about the ancient city, which is rich in natural beauty and, of course, has a vibrant nightlife. There are over 30000 couch hosts, so finding a home is simple. Furthermore, there are always lots of activities going on throughout the year, so it doesn’t matter if you visit the city during peak season or not.
Marrakesh is one of those places that is a genuine assault on the senses, so what better way to experience it than with a friendly local? Your host will show you the greatest shopping places, introduce you to the city’s most exquisite food, and take you to atmospheric cafés that offer the nicest mint tea you’ve ever tasted. And that’s not even getting into the genuinely stunning architectural scenery and jaw-dropping desert landscapes.
Honolulu is much more than its beaches — its culture is what makes it sparkle. Stay with a Honolulu native and immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture. Get to Iyasume Musubi early for a musubi, and don’t pass up the opportunity to explore Waikk! If you need any further recommendations, don’t be afraid to contact a Couchsurfing host for help.
This South American city, located in a small valley flanked by the peaks of the Andes, is busy with activity by day and eager to party by night. Medellin is distinguished by two things: cuisine and dancing, so you’ll have a fantastic experience trekking through this cultural refuge. Over 15000 individuals are waiting to greet you with open sofas, ensuring that you immerse yourself with a local guide. And if you’re a fan of Narcos, be sure to take a Pablo Escobar tour while you’re in town.
As tourists, we sometimes end up in places that are designed to be lived as if we were locals. Fortunately, Tehran is home to over 57,000 of the friendliest CouchSurfing hosts in the world. You’ll have a great time touring historic sites, shopping in hectic bazaars, dining in trendy cafés, and relaxing in hookah lounges. True explorers may choose to join others on a cross-country hitchhike or hike to the peak of Mount Tochal.
Arequipa, which is surrounded by three volcanoes, is known as the “white city” because of the numerous whitewashed houses that line the streets. Spanish colonial architecture may also be seen across this culturally diverse region. With the assistance of your local Couchsurfing host, see Arequipa’s most famous markets, religious monuments, and cultural attractions.
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