There are other ways that strangers help each other out while traveling. Hitchhiking — once socially acceptable, now illegal in many places — is being organized more and more online through websites like Craigslist and Digihitch.com. House-swapping is where you stay in someone else’s home while they live in yours.
In each of these cases people are trusting their personal possessions — and their personal safety — to complete strangers. Have you tried couchsurfing, hitchhiking or house-swapping? What has your experience been?
We’ll be talking to two couchsurfers, a hitchhiker, and a house-swapper, as well as a licensed clinical social worker who will tell us about how and why we trust each other.
- Tim Hagge: Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Portland State University
- Alex Hansen: Couchsurfing Ambassador for Portland
- Heather English: Couchsurfer
- Al Peterson: Former hitchhiker
- Dee Poujade: Home-swapper