All-Inclusive Resorts and Indie Travel: Is It Possible?

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Have you ever been tempted by an all-inclusive vacation package but afraid you’d lose your independent traveler cred if you went on a trip like that? This article by JoAnna Haugen may help you see that while there are some drawbacks to vacation packages, there are some serious perks, too – even for indie travelers.

Lost Roots: The Failure of For-Profit Couchsurfing

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Last month, news broke that Couchsurfing, the web’s largest travel social network, had its CEO step down, the latest in a long line of setbacks for the company. In this article, longtime Couchsurfer Nithin Coca explores how an idea with so much promise lost its foundation – its member-build base – leading to its present day downfall.

How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental

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A vacation rental can be the ideal way to get to know a new area and culture, but you’ve heard the nightmare stories. Maureen Kennedy has some ideas and tips to make sure you get what you expected on your vacation.

What Couchsurfing Meant to Me

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Couchsurfing has lost its mojo. It can get it back, but not until after we know what it was in the first place, and how to design for human experience.

Re-realizing the Dream: How to “Fix” Couchsurfing

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In this follow-up to his widely shared article on the fall of Couchsurfing, veteran host and surfer Nithin Coca puts forth his plan to save Couchsurfing, through transparency, empowerment, and, most importantly, a reassertion and expansion of the ideals that spurred Couchsurfing’s initial growth.

The End of a Dream: Couchsurfing’s Fall

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A veteran host and surfer explains how privatization, rapid membership growth, and safety issues make Couchsurfing no longer a slam dunk for independent travelers.

Hostels – A Haven for Single Travelers

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If you’re single and it’s bumming you out, there is a place Netanya Stutz recommends you pack your bag and venture to, where being single is the norm, and where social status, employment status, and ego are pushed aside, allowing your true self to come out and play.

Voluntary Vacation: Hostel Hopping in Guatemala

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Many of us dream of taking a year off to travel in exotic locales and live the life of a vagabond, and Jonathon Engels gives tips on how to do just that by volunteering at hostels all around Guatemala.

A Cheap Accommodation Alternative for the London Olympics

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Hotel rooms are expensive in London for this summer’s Olympics, but there is an alternative. Camping at the Games provides a gold medal experience at bronze medal prices.

10 Ways to Use CouchSurfing: A Multi-Tool for the Indie Traveler

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Everyone has heard of CouchSurfing by now, but is everyone making the most of it? Julie Dupuis shares tips that go beyond the usual slumber party.