5 Couch Crashes You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

Couchsurfing Ambassador, Jesse Allhands from Madison, WI wanjessets to let you in on a little secret… Couch Crashes are an incredible way to dive into the Couchsurfing community and have an unforgettable trip. And these Couch Crashes wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of local hosts and event creators who put them together!

Jesse has been hosting and throwing events (such as Couch Crashes) in Madison since joining Couchsurfing in 2007.

What is a Couch Crash?

A Couch Crash a global invitation to visit a city to get to know the people, city, culture and ​Couchsurfing better. Couch Crashes are usually ​full of fun events that the local ​Couchsurfing community has organized in advance so you can get the most out of your time in ​the city you’re visiting. The events usually take place over the course of a few days, typically over a weekend. During a Couch Crash, there are a number events that you can attend around the city – some of them happening in parallel, with most evenings bringing the whole group together.

CSpicnicPicnic at the 2014 Couch Crash in Madison, Wisconsin

Often, the Crashes attract people from near and far – topping off at anywhere from 50-200+ people with a mix of locals and global travelers alike.

The following Couch Crashes are not to be missed:

San Diego (July 16-19th)

  • Beach bonfire
  • Women’s brunch
  • Surfing (actual surfing)
  • Parade
  • Bar hop
  • Beach volleyball
  • Picnic

Twin Cities (July 16-19th)

  • Potluck picnic
  • Sailing on lake
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Live theatre
  • Pub Crawl
  • Bikes & breweries

Madison (July 23-26th)

  • Beer, cheese, and Swiss heritage tour
  • Lake day trip
  • River tubing
  • Zoo
  • Foodie outing
  • Pub crawl
  • Picnic brunch

Milan (September 24-27th)

  • Famous aperitivi
  • Tram party
  • Crazy nights
  • & much more… TBD

Buenos Aires (August 15-17th)

  • Picnic
  • City tour
  • Day party
  • Tango
  • Dinner & dancing
  • Historical tour

Need a place to say? Create a public trip and tell people you’re coming for the Crash. To create a public trip, do a search for hosts on Couchsurfing at the top search bar, using the Couch Crash destination. Press the blue button that reads, “Create a Public Trip” and fill in the pertinent details. Once you do that, people in the area will be alerted that you need a host and can send you a hosting offer during the time period you requested.

We hope you can make it to one or more of these Couch Crashes and perhaps even help organize an event in your hometown in the future!



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