Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The obvious question is safety. There are two precautions in place: verification and vouching. Verification involves charging your credit card $25 to see if your name and address are real. Vouching involves having an existing vouched-for member vouch for you. These two precautions aren't necessary to use the site though, but they might make you feel better.
With the high cost of hotels and the security issues with living in hostels, this is a great way to travel cheap and make friends along the way. It makes vacationing so much more exciting to actually interact with people in a different country instead of just touring the sites and going back home.