Couchsurfing is a vast online community of travellers and also people who are willing to host others. You can find people who will offer you their sofa or spare room to sleep in for free, you can meet up for a drink, get a guided tour and much much more. Often for the solo traveller looking for people to meet or for a couple interested in getting a locals perspective, Couchsurfing.org is a great resource.
The Dublin Couchsurfing community is very active and currently has over people registered online. It provides a range of interesting regular activities and events to get involved in. Many visitors say it is a great way to discover Dublin with the ‘locals’ providing a unique insiders experience of the city.
The CS (Couchsurfing) community in Dublin meets regularly for dinners in restaurants serving national food from different countries. Sometimes these events are also held in somebody’s house offering a ‘potluck dinner’. Some of the restaurant which have been visited previously include the Rotana Cafe offering Lebanese cuisine, Thai Orchid offering spicy asian food and The Chameleon which serves Indonesian dishes. There is also a weekly event offering vegan and vegetarian food at Seomra Sprai for only euro and you can even bring your own beer. To find out when the next event is being held just visit couchsurfing.org
Many surfers may not be in a position to host you but they are willing to give you a guided tour of Dublin city. You just have to look through the listings on the site. For example on the th January a local Dublin surfer is arranging a free guided tour starting at O’Connell Bridge at am and also at pm.
Drinks & meet ups
The community have also arranged a weekly event in Sín É called Manic Mondays. They have even created a couchsurfing zone in one of the pubs in Dublin called Elegance Bar where people can go and meet other couchsurfers and randomly and where occasional CS gatherings are held.
Other activities involve hiking in the Dublin Mountains, weekend or day trips where members get together to cut the cost of car hire rental or if your feeling sporty drop by the weekly tag rugby event in Phoenix Park on!
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