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Couch Surfing. Eine abenteuerliche Reise um die Welt

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What sort of person offers up their couch to a complete stranger from the other side of the world? And how can said stranger be sure that the owner of the couch is not a weirdo? This title sets out on a couch surfing tour of the globe to discover how and why kipping on someone's floor has become the hippest way to travel.
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published September 2009 by eichborn (first published 2009)
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Juan Francisco
Oct 30, 2010 Juan Francisco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Great read, really funny! Specially for the fact that I am the Juan of the big-huge-monumental barbecue! Brian is a really cool guy and I'm glad I met him... come back Brian and you'll have meat, meat, meat and more meat!
MaggyGray
Aug 24, 2016 MaggyGray rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books-in-2016
Ein sehr amüsantes Buch, und für mich, als Reiseliteraturfan aller Art, sehr kurzweilig zu lesen. Von einigen nicht so wohlwollenden Rezensionen, die bemängelten, dass es in diesen Geschichten hauptsächlich ums Saufen geht, muss ich zwar zustimmen. Aber Brian Thacker schafft es, mit seiner skurril lustigen und aufgeschlossenen Art, das Ganze nicht in einen verkaterten und somit nebulösen Roadtrio absaufen (Wortspiel!!) zu lassen.

Die Idee ist einfach: man sucht nach Menschen, die ihr Sofa zur Ver
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stinaz
Jan 24, 2012 stinaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Travelers
Shelves: travel
A great tale of a journey around the world via strangers' couches. I envy the trip, the culture, the local knowledge and friendships made during the telling of this story. This book makes couch surfing sound like a blast - I can't wait to take my first trip.
Rita
Sep 28, 2011 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the cheeky title. I wanted to bring the book to school with me, but feared that the admin. would get ahold of me sans question.

I often wonder how couch-surfing or house-swapping would work in real life, and so this book was very interesting in that the author went out on a limb and wrote about his experiences--good and bad.

Two things bother me, though. The first is that the author is a dude. I would have gotten more out of it if he were a girl. Is it safe for women to couchsurf? Are there
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An
May 03, 2014 An rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a couch surfer it's always interesting to read or hear about other people's experiences. Thacker's travel stories are easy and fun to read, though I couldn't quite relate to the central role booze appears to take in this books.
Inga
Aug 17, 2012 Inga rated it liked it
Naheliegend, dass man mir dieses Buch schenkte, nachdem ich vor einigen Jahren anfing, zu den lokalen Meetings der Couchsurfer zu gehen. Jetzt endlich bin ich dazu gekommen, es auch zu lesen.
Couchsurfing ist inzwischen zwar mehrfach durch die Medien gegangen, aber soviel in aller Kürze: Auf couchsurfing.org bieten Menschen anderen Menschen ihre Couch zum Übernachten an. Warum? Der Grund ist weniger die kostenlose Unterkunft (auch wenn dies manche zunächst fälschlich annehmen) als vielmehr die Mö
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Jess
Jul 08, 2016 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an age of cheap airfares and porous boarders, where almost every corner of the globe, from Azerbaijan to Zambia, is open for tourism, going in to someone's home is probably the last authentic travelling experience. - Brian Thacker


I had this book on my kindle to read for a few years now. I was hesitating because I didn't want it to make me jealous about all the travelling I'm not doing at the moment. I finally opened it when I was in the mood for a book that would take me everywhere, and I'm g
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Isabell
This is one of the rare non-fiction books that managed to keep my attention so that I could read it rather quickly (less than a week in comparison to my usual time of several weeks for a non-fiction).

The title of the German edition (Couch Surfing) first caught my attention at the library because I had heard of Couch Surfing and was interesed in reading about somebody who actually tried it. Brian Thacker has an intereseting way of writing.
The thing that started to get on my nerves after some time
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Sabine
Aug 11, 2014 Sabine rated it liked it
Wenn man Urlaub in Bayern macht und einem das olle Wetter jeden zweiten Tag einen Strich durch die Rechnung macht, dann kommt man schon ins Grübeln. Klar nun hätte ich auch selbst spontan den Rucksack packen können und die Sofas dieser Welt bereisen, dafür war aber keine Zeit. Zack, einfach ein Couchsurfing-Buch geholt und dann Brian Thacker beim Reisen zugeguckt.

Herr Thacker aus Australien, verheiratet und mit Nachwuchs versorgt, hatte es sich zum Ziel gesetzt um die Welt zu reisen, jede Nacht
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Andrea
Loved the book, which I read entirely on my phone (noteworthy as it was my first ever e-book!). It kept me company during quiet times at the Phnom Penh Water Festival, and then helped me survive the shock of the early morning commute, when I returned to work.

I chose this book to load onto my phone from an unwitting and indirect recommendation. Towards the end of October I was catching the #72 tram from Camberwell to Chapel St on a Friday evening. A young Indian girl got on in Malvern and sat opp
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Lisa
May 03, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm. Well written, and some interesting and humorous insights into couchsurfing, but it was quite different from the couchsurfing experiences I have had. Brian made his trip seem like just travelling from one hang over to another - one long spring break. Couchsurfers we have met are happy to share a drink but most don't have the money to go overboard every night. They often also end up sleeping on spare beds rather than actual couches - although maybe that is a recent change.

Not one I would re
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Monique
Observes the mad antics of his various couchsurfing hosts around the world, giving us quirky facts, odd behaviours, and surprising attitudes but could have done with more dialogue, taking us into the story more, letting us see these people more through what they say and the way they speak, rather than through the narrator's observations and judgements. Get the impression that Thacker is up for trying anything his hosts suggest, which mostly leads to trying some surprising local dishes, however t ...more
Wesley
A few things i've picked up from the book

1. A drink or two (mostly 2) brings cultures, no matter how different together.

2. Most countries are can't be judged by the brochure or stereotype they are. They're way better and interesting :)

3. As with drink, a nice dinner tears down all barriers.

Makes you want to explore the different countries in the book and puts you in the mood for travel and exploration. It gives a view of a culture from a true blue local or a long residing expat's point of view.
Suzanne
Jul 12, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. An interesting way to travel and see how others live their lives. A lot of the 'nightlife' was drinking, drinking and more drinking which I didn't really relate to (I'm 45+) so would have loved to see a bit more variety in that department. Loved the different types of 'couches' (and their comfort level) that were on offer for Brian.

Keen to check out the other travel books Brian has written.
Hanna
Mar 09, 2010 Hanna rated it really liked it
Brian Thackers Reisebericht ist unterhaltsam geschrieben und für jeden der Couchsurft und auch für jeden anderen ein interessanter Erfahrungsbericht und eine Reihe netter Anekdoten. Wer sich unter Couch Surfing nicht viel vorstellen kann, es trotzdem gerne ausprobieren würde, sollte dieses Buch auf jeden Fall vorher lesen, um zu wissen, was einen erwartet.
Elius
Jul 06, 2013 Elius rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books, travel, skim
This is the first book I found when trying to find out about couchsurfing. This is also the first travel book I've read.

I am really not sure what I expected.

The book focuses on the people. To no fault of the book however, I realized that I don't really care about people that much.

I'll probably make a bad couch surfer.
Nancy
Jun 27, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! I have read all of Brian Thacker's books and this has to be one of the best. There's all the usual humor and the insightful social commentary that make Thacker's books both fun and informative. And I had never heard from couch surfing which sounds like a fantastic way to travel.
Highly recommended!
Sharon
Feb 23, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great read. Not only do you learn about how couch surfing works, but you also get an inside view of the culture of many countries. Presenting the non-tourist insight, Brian shares with us the personalities and adventures he had whilst couch surfing around the world.
Tina
Jan 29, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author travels around the world sleeping on strangers couches - which, of course, gives him a great opportunity to get away from the tourist spots to see how people really live - and to give his liver a real workout!
K
Feb 15, 2009 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, 2009
Started well but I felt it lost momentum around Belgium.
Anne
Mar 01, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, library
3.5stars. it's a quick enjoyable read. i would have wished for some more facts.
Lena
Sep 02, 2009 Lena rated it it was amazing
Entertaing and educational!!
Brian
Oct 10, 2012 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light hearted trip around the world with a couchsurfer.

Brian visited some interesting places, and many interesting people.
Amlan Roy
Mar 01, 2016 Amlan Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wanna travel for free(almost)..???.... check out this man's extra ordinary experiences.
I enjoyed every bit of it.it is travel book unlike any other else.
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Beth Price
Sep 07, 2009 Beth Price rated it really liked it
I read the English version. Very funny. Makes you want to go out and see the world in the "local" way. I want to read his other books after reading this one.
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Travel Author Brian Thacker was born in England, but he didn't like the weather so he immigrated to Melbourne, Australia when he was six. After many years working as an art director in advertising Brian worked as a tour leader escorting bus loads of drunk Aussies around Europe. That 'experience' became Brian's first book Rule No. 5: No Sex on the Bus (2001). Since then Brian has written six other ...more
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