Update February 21, 2017: This feature is now available on Android devices as well as iOS.
Here at Couchsurfing HQ, we want to help you coordinate your next life-changing, unforgettable Couchsurfing experience easily and efficiently. We understand that your life is busy, and you don’t want to have to constantly decline requests on dates that you cannot host. To that end, we’re excited to share what we’ve been working on recently – your Couchsurfing Host Calendar.
We recently asked a few thousand hosts why they decline requests, and learned that the single largest reason Couch Requests are declined is because the host is busy, whether they have other plans, are travelling themselves, or are already hosting surfers.
This is frustrating to the host, who keeps receiving requests they cannot accept. It’s frustrating to the surfers, who, even with the most perfect request and the most complete profile, may not have a chance of being accepted for reasons they couldn’t foresee. The Host Calendar gives you more control over the requests you receive, and ensures that you’ll only receive requests when you are able to host.
Right now, this feature is only available on Couchsurfing mobile applications for iOS and Android devices. Tap the Couch icon in the lower bar of the Couchsurfing app. You’ll see your Hosting calendar, where your upcoming guests will be displayed, along with your hosting status.
To block off dates you are not able to host, simply tap on the date and you’ll see the date become unavailable. Plans get cancelled? No problem – just tap on the date again to make it available again. If you need to block off an entire week, drag your finger along the whole row to mark the entire week as unavailable.
In the next coming months, we’ll make adjustments based on your feedback and bring the Host Calendar to the rest of the Couchsurfing community. If you have any feedback about the calendar or anything else, please share your feedback here.