His photos show the good-humored Latin American native — dark, handsome, and fit — in exotic destinations around the world, from Cairo to Capri. Nowhere does the profile state explicitly that if you are an attractive female traveler, you might skip the couch entirely and wind up in Riccardo's bed, but it's a good possibility. In eight months using the service, Riccardo, who is 32 and works for an ad agency, has let eight visitors crash at his apartment, of whom he's hooked up with five, for a 62 percent "success rate.
Riccardo and other Couchsurfing users quoted in this article asked to be identified by pseudonyms. On the business front, the crowdsourced hospitality site has been experiencing a rough patch lately. Although the company has initiated a doubling down on mobile, the experience of users like Riccardo might suggest another path to profitability.
I simply do not know of an easier way for a guy to get laid with exotic women in exotic countries. Never mind OKCupid and Tinder. The almost decade-old Couchsurfing, which is available in , cities across the globe, is becoming the go-to hookup app for a certain class of young world travelers. I'm like, 'You know, whatever, we went out, had sex They didn't go all the way. Months later Riccardo got a phone call from the same girl, asking if she could stay at his place in New York City.
This time, they made it official. Fenton soon realized people all over the world might not mind sharing their extra space gratis while making new friends in the process. Today, each of the site's 7 million members has a unique profile which reads like a personal ad, highlighting interests, locations traveled, details about their accommodations and, most important, references.
This system allows friends you've made globally or locally to vouch for you and the unlikelihood of you being a serial killer.
Members can request a couch, host a traveler, or find new friends to meet up with locally. Riccardo agrees to host only female travelers and stipulates that they be younger than him. He accepts them based on their attractiveness "of course," but physical appearance isn't the only criterion.
I want to have three days with somebody I can talk with. Not somebody just empty. Should I invite her? She was in the process of moving to New York and needed a place to stay for four days while she looked for a permanent home. I tried to kiss her. She, was like 'No, no, no—I don't want to make it awkward. Experienced couchsurfing casanovas know to hold off on making a move until later.
Your guest is already committed to coming home with you, so why risk the old fashioned approach? His friend later advised him on a more direct strategy. At first, Riccardo could not believe it was that simple. She was like, 'Okay! As Maverick Traveler, a self-proclaimed nomad who "roams the earth, seduces beautiful women," and blogs about his adventures, puts it, "I simply do not know of an easier way for a guy to get laid with exotic women in exotic countries.
According to his blog, he started using the site in "as a tool to get to know a city, meet interesting people, and, of course, to bang chicks. I didn't know CS was a bangtool," reads one response. Girl Meets Boy s Jessie S. Currently she lives in her hometown of Philadelphia, and though single and actively looking, the early twentysomething hasn't met anyone of interest locally.
Most Couchsurfers are travelers at heart and don't want commitment. They're a little more rebellious. It's important to stay professional, and guys I train with need to see me as a fighter and a teammate or it gets too complicated. But it's not a dating site, she insists, "It's a social site. But with anything social, there is sometimes a spark.
I'm very passionate and very easily seduced! But once there is a connection, there isn't much holding me back. It was funny because the next morning his roommate, who had seen me sleeping on the couch the night before, barged in his room and was very surprised to find me naked in his bed!
It works because most Couchsurfers are travelers at heart and don't want commitment. They're a little more rebellious, and people who are used to breaking the rules understand that. It was at one of these weekly rendezvous where she met her husband. Ana has hosted between 30 and 40 travelers in both Portugal and Brazil, proof of which she keeps displayed proudly on her refrigerator.
Now I have lots of them! Like the time Ana and her husband hosted a "really cute, adorable, and loving" Israeli couple during Brazil's notorious Carnival festival. The guests booked their stay six months in advance, so there was plenty of time to become acquainted via Facebook. I thought, 'When she comes to Brazil, we'll see. Her guest, it should be said, left Ana a glowing reference on her profile, gushing that she "simply enjoyed every moment with her.
Small talk leads to wild stories of past experiences. In Ana's case, the fact that she and her husband have had threesomes with other women often happens to get worked into the conversation.
And if she is interested and we are interested in her, why not? The idea, says Ana, is, "'You can come to my house, you can stay for free, and if I like you and you like me we are going to have sex, no strings attached.
But I think if I were a single woman, I wouldn't create a profile, because it's a site that basically says I will have casual sex with you. Loveroom is now looking for developers to ensure the site can handle its rapidly growing demand. While the site had registered 6, users as of this writing, Bocanegra isn't sure any have met in person.
Still, it has attracted plenty of press and seems to have identified a market niche that Couchsurfing was serving only reluctantly.