I guess my first message misfired... Welcome to HC! Here are a few tips for
BEFORE you get active on this site:
Check in the forum for 'New Members' and tell everyone about yourself! Also,
please make sure that you have shared all feasible information on your profile!
The more you tell, the more detailed information other members have about you -
and that may help you finding hosts. And don't forget to introduce yourself in
"New Members" section of the forum.
This is what you do to secure a host:
1) SEARCH in the locales where you want to go, read some
profiles of HC members, as early as possible
2) contact folks through the HC site who might be suitable
hosts for you (making sure to mention something you
learned from reading their profiles). If you resort to
copy&paste, at least personalise your messages.
DEFINITELY address people by their real names, not their
user names! Offer your personal email address for
3) be patient! Not everybody logs onto the internet every
day. Not everybody answers immediately...
4) after that carry on your correspondence offsite, because
the HC site is so busy, and forwarding is sometimes slow.
5) People usually indicate in their profiles how much time
before your visit they want to be contacted. Please
adhere to that!
6) if it seems likely that you have connected with a
likely host, exchange phone numbers and exact addresses.
Trying to find hosts by putting a notice in the forum is not
likely to be successful - that's not where folks are
looking for potential guests! Few members, maybe only 5 %,
read the forum,and fewer recruit their guests through it.
For anyone to pick through your itinerary and figure out
when to invite you - that is not a realistic expectation!
There are also some very desirable tourist destinations in
which our members are swamped with housing requests, and
they have become exhausted. Therefore they may not even
answer... There are really some wonderful people out there
who offer hospitality, but you must do the searching
While you wait to become active, it is a good idea to check
out LAST POSTS (left column on the forum menu) and read
along for a few days. You'll get a feel for what's going on
in the HC community.
Good luck! And if you have questions, I'll try to help!
If you succeed finding a member to host you, it will be
really nice for you to offer something as a sign of
gratitude! Bring something from your homeland that fits the
interests of your host, prepare a meal, draw a nice card -
anything that shows you care!