I’ve done Couchsurfing 3 times now in my life, all were good experiences (i.e. I wasn’t murdered in my sleep like I feared). Jokes aside, it really was a nice way to hang out with a local and I especially recommend it for solo travelers.
Now how I got to thinking about couch surfing in Amman was because the other day a Jordanian Couchsurfing host brought it up that they share my blog with their guests (thanks!) and it made me think, “wow, I didn’t realize couch surfing was a thing in Jordan”.
I don’t know why I didn’t expect locals to invite strangers into their homes in Jordan, maybe it’s because the majority of Jordanians live with their parents until they’re married, or maybe I still have some pre-conceived notion of the Middle East and safety. But yes, couch surfing is a thing in Amman and apparently a big thing, with nearly 10,000 hosts registered to date. So if you’re looking for a unique stay in Amman, then definitely give it a try.
Become a Couch Surfer
To get started surfing some couches, it’s quite simple. All you have to do is create a profile on couchsurfing.com and then start searching for hosts based on your travel dates. You have to write them a little note every time you try to book their place, er, couch, and they can choose to accept the request or not. Remember, when you’re writing them, try to personalize the request so it at least seems you’re actually interested in staying with them and not just to avoid Amman’s expensive accommodation. It, of course, will also benefit you to stay with someone that you would actually want to hang out with!
A host’s tip for couch surfers: “Be specific when you write a potential host about why you chose him/her over others. Maybe it was something in their profile that caught your attention or that you have similar interests. Also, be sure you read their profile well including their references.” – Hamza Al Tal Morales
Become a Couchsurfing Host
And on the other side, if you’re looking to meet interesting people from all over the globe, then you could consider signing up to donate your couch or spare room to travelers, at your convenience of course. All you have to do is make a profile on couchsurfing.com and people will start contacting you to stay at your place. Don’t worry, you can check their references too!
Tips to become a Couchsurfing host: Write a full description about yourself, the sleeping arrangements, pictures of the house, location, if you have pets, your schedule in case you work, etc. When deciding to accept a couch surfer or not, read their entire profile, and check references. It’s also useful to include in your profile some tips about the city and especially transportation from/to the airport or the borders (otherwise you’ll end up having to repeat yourself a lot!).
Do you have any experiences couch surfing in Amman? Let me know about them in the comments below 🙂