The latest luxury travel craze of glouchsurfing – staying in the homes of the rich and famous for free!

 

You’ve probably already heard of the term ‘glamping’, used to refer to camping in relative luxury – a merging of the terms ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. But have you heard about glouchsurfing? Probably not. This is the new craze that’s been taking the luxury travel industry by storm – and with good reason.

Glouchsurfing

Now, in case you didn’t already know… couchsurfing has been around for some time. It’s a community of like-minded travellers and hosts who open up their homes to one another, allowing them to sleep in the spare room, on the floor or, of course, on the couch, usually just for a few days at a time before they move on to the next place. With a free bed for the night assured, this allows people operating on modest budgets to travel for an extended period.

Typically, the accommodation is often basic at best, but that looks set to change with glamorous couchsurfing, or ‘glouchsurfing’ as it is better known. A new wave of uber-wealthy homeowners are opening up their grand mansions, luxury penthouse apartments, historic chateaux and fine palaces all over the world.

Staying in the homes of the rich and famous for free might sound like a dream come true. For many, though, it is set to become a reality. Billionaire heiress Avril Le Fou opened the doors of her palatial abode on the outskirts of Paris to me only last week so that I could see what glouchsurfing was all about and sample it for myself.

Glouchsurfing

Or rather, her butler opened the door. I had been met at Paris CDG airport by Avril’s chauffeur and driven in a Phantom Rolls Royce through vineyards and beautiful French countryside before reaching the private wrought-iron gated entrance of Avril’s 12,000-acre estate. As we travelled up the driveway, I was presented with a beautiful property with a 17th Century French facade and greeted by the butler with a glass of the finest Champagne. My bags were taken to my room with a beautiful four poster bed built of late Medieval oak.

Glouchsurfing

You might well ask why the wealthy are doing this and the reasons can be multi-faceted. One common reason is loneliness. Hosts might have grand homes but sometimes have nobody to share them with. Inviting travellers through the doors gives them company. Another reason is that the owners often have multiple abodes and like to keep the domestic staff busy when they are not home. There’s often a skilled team of kitchen staff, for instance, that would be left ‘twiddling their thumbs’ if they didn’t have dishes to prepare (and – oh yes – with glouchsurfing gourmet meals to rival even the finest Michelin-starred restaurants are invariably included). Keeping staff occupied ensures they remain ‘on the ball’ with their respective duties and continue to hone their skills for when the owner returns.

Glouchsurfing

Luxury hotels all over the world will no doubt be worried about the potential impact that glouchsurfing is likely to have upon their businesses… what do you think the impact will be? Please tell us in the comments!

Also, if you want to know more about glouchsurfing and how you can travel in luxury at no cost, then please make sure you leave a comment below detailing why you think you should be eligible to have access to the all-new glouchsurfing database of the world’s finest homes that are opening their doors, and you too could be travelling the world in style… for free!

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  1. This is rather interesting. I would expect there to be a vetting process of sorts, to make sure the person staying in the homes will be respectful of the owner’s home, items, and staff.

    It would also be a nice treat for those of us who travel lower budget a lot to be able to spend some time in luxe, as well as meet some amazing people.

    Instead of just a cross-cultural exchange, you get to have a cross-cultural & cross-economic exchange (and us western travelers are usually the ‘rich’ ones when we travel. Being the poor one may give us a different and more understanding outlook when we travel ourselves).

    I actually think this is a great idea. I would very much be interested in glouchsurfing and would like to learn more.

  2. Ryan Brown says:

    This is what I have been looking for! I am a couchsurfer and world traveler, and the thing I love MOST about traveling is meeting interesting people and sharing stories and experiences with them. As a writer I absolutely love a good true to life story. I can only imagine the stories that people like Avril could share. I would love to get a glimpse into their world.

    Please send more info on glouchsurfing!

  3. Paul
    This fits my niche of travel blogging to a tee! My niche is “value luxury” and that is exactly what it is. The short of it, luxury is a personal choice – and that value means maximizing dollars for the greatest experience. Value luxury travel is not about the price tag of the accommodation; it’s about the value found in a luxury travel experience. So if Miss Glam will let me stay in her accommodations, I would do it in a heartbeat and be able to find “value” in the experience. Please pick me!

  4. Jeff says:

    What a great idea. I am not really interested in Couch Surfing but this sound like more my style. This would be a great insight into how the wealthy live.

  5. Naomi says:

    I really like this idea. As a female that has traveled alone to different parts of the world, only to give it up due to how lonely it feels occasionall, this would work well for me. What a great post – thank you.

  6. Suzanne says:

    What a fabulous concept to connect the world more. I think hotels won’t have much to worry about as the estates will be outside the city center.

    I’d love to know more as my focus traveling solo is to use hotel/air miles to fly business class around the world in order to upgrade to luxury hotels and experiences such as a private guide or helicopter tour. It’s aspirational luxury to figure out what experiences most matter to you – it could be the luxury of the chocolate truffle or the glass of wine or the opportunity to meet an artist.

    I am embarking on a sabbatical in Europe soon so this would be fabulous to give it a try. I’d love to be Cinderella for a day or two before coming home to my 900 sq ft. We are all made richer by our travels, experiences and views of the world – the size of our bank accounts shouldn’t matter – it’s the hospitality of the people that we remember (I won’t lie though I’d definitely remember an estate, an art collection and a ride in a Phantom!)

  7. Panos says:

    There is nothing better than enjoying a certain destination while you stay at an amazing hospitable environment. The best things in life is impossible for anyone to buy. And it’s called experience, I am traveling the world and I would certainly enjoy a such experience.

  8. This sounds like something really fun and a way to get the real insight into some localities. High end B&B but with a different focus. My wife and I travel frequently from our ranch SE of Tucson and would be happy to reciprocate with a host in this program. Please put us on a list if possible.

  9. I was actually wondering if a database like this exists. It would be great for my blog as I cultivate a “smart luxury” travel style, meaning traveling in style without overpaying for experiences. Would be great if you could give me access to the database Paul :)

  10. Mahogany says:

    This just made my inner rich woman happy! Oh the stories to tell ones’ friends. “And then the butler brought me my robe & slippers as I emerged from the tub in the largest of the 10 bathrooms.” I travel frequently on a budget and love to teach others how to do so. It’s only right that I experience it first!

  11. Liz says:

    I travel often to Europe on a shoestring budget as im nearing retirement. Am going to try a flat rental next trip so I can immerse into the culture and not feel like a tourist. I love this idea of glamourous digs since it’s more than likely I’ll never afford such a thing in my lifetime. How wonderful to experience the other side of life for a few moments!

  12. Jauntarista says:

    Yes, please sign me up for access to the glouchsurfing site! I’ve been on the look out for my next adventure and this would be just the delicate nudge needed to leave my routine!

  13. Heather says:

    What an opportunity! Rarely is travel only about the sites you see, but rather the people you meet along the way and the experiences you get to have. (My favorite moment in Paris was a train ride with a Chinese citizen. An experience unexpected and yet a highlight of my trip.) As a female who often travels alone and seeks affordable and safe lodging this would be an interesting option! Please allow me access to the database; I am in the very least a modern day bard with plenty of tales to tell (daughter of a journalist) and one would never describe me as boring for those seeking an interesting houseguest. I am an executive in the classic car auction industry who drives a 73 Mustang, rides a motorcycle, dabbles as a vintner, runs half marathons, and loves to travel.

  14. Bill Schneider says:

    great idea I’m in! I would love to see a bedroom bigger than my house! Me and my wife like B n Bs but this sounds interesting.

  15. Patricia Dichter says:

    my husband and I are retired and enjoy traveling. We like learning about different cultures and seeing things as a local. We enjoy meeting new and interesting people. Plus I like keeping up with my international friends. In some instances I have been fortunate to return the hospitality extended to us while we were living in Europe. I would feel privileged to be a part of this developing program.

  16. Ryan Richard says:

    I am a young business man based in Texas attempting to build a new financial business based on giving traditional Private Equity a run for its money. Have many friends and business associates across the world (some who might even be on the glouchsurfing property list already) and looking to make connections and build relationships with like minded and similarly placed individuals/families. Cheers~ :)

  17. Tanya Harry says:

    Hi! I really enjoyed this post. I think you made a really good point about the tendency of wealthy people to be lonely. They “have it all” when it comes to material possessions, but many of them don’t have anyone to share it with. On the other side of the coin, the average person tends to view the rich to be inaccessible, out of reach, and often out of touch with the rest of the world.
    I would relish the opportunity to glouchsurf. This mode of travel has a ton of possibilities! To me, meeting and connecting with all kinds of people is what life is all about. Moreover, glouchsurfing fits my niche of solo-luxury and culinary travel. I would love to be considered for the list. Many thanks!

  18. Jerry Palma says:

    This would be a great cultural experience. We have always wondered how the lifestyle of the upper 1% is. To be included in this would be an incredible honor and would like to share our experience thru social media. Thank you for enlightening us.

  19. laura says:

    Fantastic April Fool! If you didn’t click before you read about Avril – french for April – Le Fou – french for fool – you will now! Did you really think rich people would give up anything for free?! Nice idea in another kind of world…

  20. Mary Nyiri says:

    Obviously the appeal here is to those that want to see what living lavishly really looks and feels like. Free has an immediate appeal, especially to those where this is outside of their usual realm of possibilities. While I’m amongst this group, having recently graduated, I truly believe that rich cannot be found on a millionaire’s couch. Rather I think this experience offers the opportunity of potentially being able to engage with someone who has stories, wisdoms, and different points of view to offer. Someone who is so willing to have an open dialog about worldly things that they’ve decided to open their house to a stranger. You already know you’ll be in good company before you even arrive, since who would be crazy enough to do such a thing? Someone with enough eccentricy that you can’t help but respect the hell out of them, that’s who. I want to travel on a broke NYC girl budget, of course, but moreso I want the lively conversations and adventures that would no doubt ensue. So, yes, I would love to be on this list.

  21. Sasha keplinger says:

    I would love to hear more about this exiting way to see the world from a different perspective. Staying in hotels is nice, but if I could stay in someone’s home and keep their staff busy, that would be nice too.

  22. Sheena says:

    As a traveller, I’ve always been a fan of Couchsurfing, and lately of AirBnb, because it allows a more authentic glimpse of how the locals live, eat and even think. I believe homes offer a very personal insight into their homeowner’s personalities (such as how they choose to decorate, what colour schemes they use, how it reflects the cultures they have been exposed to) and that’s why I’m always very grateful to people who choose to open up their homes to tourists.

    Glouchsurfing is fascinating to me because it offers a rare insight into a demographic & lifestyle that many of us have only seen and heard on the news, TV or movies, but would never dream of gaining access to. So more than the opportunity to simply stay in a luxurious home, my interest in it is derived largely from curiosity, especially since it also seems to include opportunities to talk to the hosts and with the domestic staff.

    Thanks for sharing, and I would definitely love to be a part of this movement (and even offer my humble abode for comparison should they visit Singapore!)

  23. Marysia says:

    As a traveler and host involved with Servas since 1986 it is good to know that there is great diversity in the folks that want to share their lives with other folks. Every person is extraordinary and shared experiences can be quite magical to people of curiosity and a belief in a positive world. Sharing , gratitude, good conversation and love of life brings out the best in all of us! Be it rich or poor it opens doors to the world that are unique and meaningful.

  24. Stuart Langthorne says:

    Sounds a great idea, and I’d be very interested although today’s date does concern me a little!!!!

  25. The Diver says:

    Well, would be great as i have lots of talents, skills and knowledge to offer in good companionship. But wait, it all sounds too good to be true. What’s today’s day actually?

  26. Corin Meester says:

    Sounds like a great idea. I usually rent apartments when traveling, but having some access to a local resident could increase the cultural experience.

  27. What a fantastic concept! It also popped straight into my mind, what Dani Blanchette said – that one imagines that there should be a vetting process in place?

    This is a certainly a lovely experiental way to enjoy amazing accommodation that would previously would have been out of reach. The reasons are also interesting, especially the fact that some of these people are lonely. I guess we often don’t stop to think about this.

  28. Paul Lawes says:

    Errrrrr…guys…….check what today’s date is!!! Looks like you’ve been taken for a ride by Ms Avril Le Fou!! Don’t believe everything you read!!

  29. Michele says:

    What an amazing experience you had. We love meeting people from all walks of life so would love to try this on our travels too. For is it is always the people you meet that makes travel a positive thing 😄

  30. Penny Sadler says:

    Very interesting. I think this could be exactly what I’ve been looking for. I travel primarily on
    I’ve been part of the couch surfing site for a few years but not utilized it much because often what’s available is truly a couch with little privacy. I love meeting new people and writing about my experiences but I need privacy too. I don’t travel full time because I can’t really afford to. This would create more options plus it’s a good fit for my blog, slow travel experiences. Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. Craig says:

    what a great idea and How lucky fo Avril Le Fou that her name day is also the same day this article is posted, please definately put me on this list.
    By the way, did you also hear that Contiki Holidays is now available for people up to 65 yo, great news all round and all your dreams come true today.

  32. Sharon Matienzo says:

    Wow. I think this would be a once in a lifetime experience. Three of my friends and I will be travelling to Europe on a tight shoestring budget. We come from the Philippines and our peso suffers in exchange. Our beaches are gorgeous but we’d also like to experience the old world. Sign me up!

  33. John K says:

    I do love a good April Fools article and this one is very nice.

  34. Sunil says:

    Hi,

    I’ve been around the world; this idea seems interesting. Voracious reader, love to travel. Send more information on this; and if possible more insight into “glouchsurfing”

  35. Patz Turner says:

    I have traveled to more than 100 countries, have lived aboard The World – a condo ship- for 5 years. Leaving full time travel was hard, but family came first. We have bought and sold over 25 companies, love to turn them around. My husband and I are interested in all cultures and we also enjoy good conversation and great wine. We would take as good care of others homes as we do ours. I am a foodie and would especially love to keep the staff occupied, as long as they let me into the kitchen to help!

  36. Veronika says:

    Wow Paul, you’re always ahead of the game! :) This sounds really interesting.. even though I assume a ‘glouchsurfer’ should spend most of the time in the property rather than roaming the city streets or hiking in the countryside.

    Anyway, I’d be interested in hearing about it. My blog is focused on travel tips and inspiration and I love to present my readers with new concepts.

  37. Rosa says:

    I may still be in my 20s but I’m far too well-behaved for youth hostels, as I discovered last time I went adventuring. Oh please oh please sign me up. I desperately want to travel more, on my limited budget. I like the idea of tip-toeing through grand apartments far better than tip-toeing round soggy bathmats and discarded clothing… I’m also a ‘befriender’ in London with Contact the Elderly (CRB-ed / DBS-ed) i.e. pretty good at keeping people company! So many lonely folk out there with stories and friendship to share – I’m not surprised to see this becoming a trend!

  38. John Betjeman says:

    Judging by many of the comments clearly April Fool’s day is a concept in need of exporting.

    Well done Paul. Excellent work.

  39. Ken caldwell says:

    i have a bedroom available for a couple to come to the Hamilton area during the Pan Am games this summer. I envision parents of an athlete who would like to come watch their child compete but cannot afford accommodation, would anyone know of a site where I could post this? Thanking you in advance, Ken

  40. Kevin Lim says:

    I and my family love to travel to Europe, particularly Germany and Austria. On a previous occasion, we reconnected with my high school exchange student and his family. While I wouldn’t call them über rich, it was great to spend Christmas with a local family, enjoying the traditions of the place and hearing family stories. These experiences helped to enrich our experience of travel in Europe. It would be great to listen to acoomplished and distinguished people, and take part in the ‘lived’ experience a ‘glouchsurfing’ experience could afford. Please fill me in on how I could avail of this opportunity.

  41. Carmel Terner says:

    Hello,
    This sounds like a great opportunity, and it would be great to have access to this database.

    I believe I am ‘eligible’, as I am a very respectful guest whenever and wherever I visit friends and family for several days, and at B&Bs as well. I am also an independent traveler, and can navigate and entertain myself very well. In terms of my personality, I am outgoing but also a very good listener, and love to hear more about just about anything anyone has to say. I’m a professional, and work in the school board of my city as a speech-language pathologist.

    Thank you in advance for considering making this database available to me.
    Have a great day!,
    :)Carmel

  42. Mina says:

    I think experiencing people’s lives through as many different lens as possible is incredibly valuable. Whether in means living with refugees or staying in a mansion, it’s important to open up your eyes to how people live, because you realize everyone is the same underneath it all. Lived experiences make interesting people, and I’m sure there would be a lot to learn from this experience.

  43. Monica says:

    Well, that’s great. A dream come true! Who wouldn’t be intreseted in?! I think I am no way better than others to have the chance experimenting, still worth giving a try. Why?! For the experience and knowing people, all kind of people. I would appreciate how can I challenge my luck in such a degree. Thank you! :)

  44. Dr Edward Salazar says:

    I would be quite interested in this, but I am struggling to understand the business model that can sustain this. In any event, this strikes me as a wonderful opportunity to learn more about historical residences that are often hidden from the public, and the families that care for these heirlooms.

  45. Hanna says:

    A great idea to share and to get to know another world, another perspective. Would definitely be interested!

  46. Eszter Rita Csullag says:

    Hey,

    I just come across with this article. I’m very surprised, it is possible. I’m a traveller, of course always with a low budget. I like couchsurfing, because of the people and their stories. I think i can’t really imagine how is the luxury version, but i definitely would like to try it once and hear the stories of these people. They are probably open-minded and nice.

    Amazing:) Have a nice day guys!

  47. Tom Bartel says:

    Nice try by Mme. Le Fou, but just sending the Rolls isn’t quite up to my standards. If she won’t be bothered to send the private jet for me to my home in one of Flint, Michigan’s finer neighborhood, I’m staying put.

  48. Anny Kazanjian says:

    This is a most brilliant idea and certainly a beautiful way to travel. Such great insight into the “lifestyles of the rich and famous,” can be gleaned from such an astonishing way of traveling.

  49. Bogna says:

    I have never been able to afford a luxury and – although traveled to over 50 countries of the World – it has always been rather on a budget. I have worked on a cruise ship as a photographer as well and experienced dealing with all kinds of people – from millionaires to middle class to crew memebers coming from all corners of the planet Earth. I have also been both – a host and a guest via couchsurfing. Having such a wide experience of dealing with different cultures it would be amazing to take it to the whole new level, exchange experiences and lifestyle with “glam” people.

  50. Barbara Brown says:

    Hi Paul

    Hmm…to answer the question about the impact on the luxury hotel business, my opinion is that there might be a drop in business for the short term initially because people want to: 1) see how the ‘super wealthy’ live their everyday life 2) To be able to have this luxurious space pretty much to yourself, your host and maybe a few others verses spending a couple of hundred dollars a night with a couple of hundred guests and staff in a bigger hotel and 3) it is ‘FREE’ and people would want to go with this option first. I suspect that once the novelty has worn off; there would probably be some type of ‘vetting ‘from the host as to the types of traveler they like to host in their home.
    Personally, I think it’s a grand idea, once in a while to be able to have access/stay for a couple of nights in house/apartment/chateau etc; that is architecturally beautiful inside and out, in an area of a town, city or country that is steeped in history and culture. To get the chance to be hosted by someone who is from a completely different social and economic background and to share good food, wine and hopefully stimulating and interesting conversation. Travelling is about experiencing moments, places and times that leave memories for a lifetime. As a single traveler, I love these kinds of opportunities. Would I like to be added to the database…OF COURSE!
    Greeting from Frankfurt

    Thanks
    Barbara

  51. Yacoba says:

    This is really fascinating. I’ve used couchsurfing already but now that I’m currently travelling across Europe, I’d love to hear more about this. Seems like an amazing experience!

  52. Hanumanthappa Ramesh says:

    Yes, I am getting Retaired , I had no opportunity in travelling around the world , it has been my dream to travel to every part of the world , and to know the people around the world . It is difficult to achieve my dream as I cannot afford to spend . So …

  53. David E. Young says:

    My wife and I are retiring soon and we have discussed traveling extensively. Of course, this can be expensive and restrictive on a modest budget. “Glouchsurfing” sounds like it offers a conservative way to travel worldwide limited income! I lived in France, for a couple years, when I was younger and was able to travel to various parts of Europe. I would appreciate the opportunity to do so with my wife and together, experience the history and culture other countries have to offer. I am requesting to be added to your list of interested participants and would appreciate more information and details. Thank you.

  54. Shannen Knol says:

    Hey, this sounds pretty cool. I’m pretty interested in hanging out with nice people (always and everywhere!). So on one hand I’m like “I don’t really care too much about the glamour and the money”, and on the other I’m like “yeah, but I’d still like to meet these cool people if they’ll have me, just to see how it really is”.
    I have to admit though, I’m not a very experienced traveler, but I’m trying to change that, and I want to experience everything.
    Glouchsurfing sounds like a pretty cool thing to be able to do.

  55. karen says:

    This does sound quite amazing but like others have already saod surely there would be some kind of vetting process.

  56. A brilliant idea that adds more dimension to travel. You discover a place best through it’s people and what better way to connect with a culture than through the complete immersion that comes with staying in someone’s home whether humble or luxurious? I love this idea. I doubt it will have an impact on the hotel industry – afterall, there are only so many luxury sites that will welcome guests in destinations around the world and many travelers prefer the lobby life, perks and privacy that are part of staying in hotels. If this becomes an option for travelers I will definitely be interested in experiencing “glouching.” Thank you for sharing this information – great!

  57. Rocio Acosta says:

    Well this sounds awesome!!!
    As a young single female architect that loves to travel, this could be the answer to having to shorten my trips due to ever rising hotel costs! (Those “single supplements” add up!!!) I was never able to travel internationally until I moved to NYC 9 yrs ago, and have been doing my best to take advantage… But have been unable to travel overseas since my visit to Portugal back in 2012!… “Couch surfing” has never really appealed to me, but this isn’t like crashing on you old college classmate’s livingroom: this is an experience in its own right and as an artist/architect it would add a complete other dimension to my travels!!… Wish I could do this for at least one of my future trips!
    How do I get the insider info?!? :-)

  58. Mary Connolly says:

    This is a great opportunity for those of us who love the finer things in life but have had to tighten our belts this last few years. I’d appreciate more details and then would give further details about myself.

  59. Desiree G says:

    Conceptually, a really interesting idea for the right person/people to make new friendships and to experience “to the manor born” combined with travel. I would think there would be stimulating conversation(or not) and a pleasant stay.
    I’d be interested.

  60. swati iyer says:

    I was born to travel, its the different experiences that make travel so special.i have stayed at all kinds of places- hostels, apartments, 5 star hotels, mountain cabins, tents, eco huts, etc. Living in a palatial luxurious house would add a totally new dimension to my travel experience hence i would totally be excited at the prospects

  61. Natanela Mahler says:

    I mean besides the tough year I had, I mostly wanna travel, just thinking about it my stomach is full of light. I traveled to Finland and I knew I was born to live in airports and not home, my heart was broken and then there was war and now I suffer from PTSD. Maybe glouchsurfing would be a lot, but traveling in general would be my life, like breathing again. I feel like my life has paused since.

  62. Marty says:

    Hasn’t anybody noticed the date of today? Sounds great but this must be too good to be true. APRIL LE FOU pfaaa

  63. Katja says:

    This sounds like a great idea! I have been a couchsurfer for quite some time, and I have also hosted a few people. I must admit that I made some great friends this way. This is why I would like to give glouchsurfing a try.
    It is not just about getting a free accommodation. Not at all. It is about meeting people. And, let’s admit it, each one of us wants to peek into rich and famous people’s lifestyle!

  64. Maria says:

    I’m actually a huge couchsurfimng fan! Its worked for me so many times and i think that the most important experience i have gotten from it is that I’ve met so many wonderful people along the way. I’m currently on a 3 month backpacking trip, right now I’m in Rome, staying at a fellow couchsurfer’s home, not only did I get to see the eternal city but I can honestly say its been extra special because I was able to make great friends and lots of great stories. Staying at a luxurious place is great yes, but I think that the people are always what makes things better.

  65. Hello;

    I would love to know more about that, and this i why : i love traveling, not in order to say “i have been there”, but for experience and discovering.
    And what could be a newiest experience and discover than a world i don’t know at all?!

    Thanks, at least for talking about your own experience!

  66. Lisa says:

    What an awesome idea. I would do the same thing as I would want to share what I had with others. It’s a great way to meet new people like couchsurfing. I would love to know more about this!

  67. Del says:

    Happy April Fool’s day! I’m guessing since a Google search showed no articles prior to this one, you’ve all been pranked.

  68. Haruka says:

    Glouchsurfing appeals to me because normally people don’t have access to the mega rich. I would spend hours on the luxe couch picking the brain of my host or hostess for entrepreneurial tips of the trade so I can learn more about how one day I might be in their position. This also negates the stereotype that rich people don’t care or are not concerned with the average person’s feelings, needs, or lives. Average income people also tend to put rich folks on a pedestal often thinking they are higher than the rest of us. It would be nice to have some amazing conversations and learn that it doesn’t matter if one is rich or poor, at the end of the day, we share the same humanity.

  69. Irina says:

    Almost got me! April’s 1st joke for a dreamers like me :)
    Anyway, the idea is great, there are plenty of people who are rich and lonely, and many people who would savour their lives with fun company.

  70. Hermine says:

    Hahahaha you fools!!!!!!!! “I’d appreciate more details and then would give further details about myself” hahahahaha…. still haven’t checked it? Look at today’s date people! Or is that something that those who “appreciate the finer sides of life” don’t usually do? Hahaha I can’t stop laughing :D

  71. Ayla says:

    Hell yesss!! Love it!! It’s like a dream becoming reality.. Just to test the grounds, spread the culture, intellect, experience, love, warmth and much more! If we could experience life like this, share, no matter what background we have, as long as there is respect and mutual understanding this will create a beautiful world! Or at least a step in the right direction.. How much of a princess I would feel to be picked up in such a beautiful car, brought to a lovely house and cooked a prestige meal.. If only for one night it would already be beautiful.. And then the oppurtunity to do it all over the world, for free, madness!! Beautiful, warm, loving, exciting, amazing madness :)

  72. This sounds ao amazing and something i definately would love to be involved in or learn more about.
    As a kean traveller with knowledge and experience from all over the word i think i can seriously promote this cool and chic experience.
    i currently work in a 5* de savary property and appreciate good luxury accommodation and food but also love the budget holiday and finding quality at a good price..please share :)

  73. Evelyn Banbury says:

    gosh where do I start , I guess it is on my bucket list for things to do .i would like to get know the real person ,cosy up on sofa with tracy bottoms on and just chat normally ,promise I will not be fazed I’m long past that stage .i just love a good chat over a nice Rioja .haveci said to much because I can go on for ever ,,,so please give me a talker .💋

  74. Allana B says:

    This is amazing. I am in my 30′s and have only just begun to travel – My first international adventure was going to Canada for Thanksgiving. I plan to travel all of next year. I have been researching the couch surfing community and think it’s an excellent and generous way for people to travel; you get to do so inexpensively and get to meet locals which is very valuable This concept takes it to the next level. How fortunate would a traveler be to get such an opportunity to not only conserve funds but to have the experience of staying in beautiful homes. This sounds like a dream come true. It would be fantastic for me to be chosen to have access to this new site. My travels would just be that much more beautiful.

  75. Bárbara Best says:

    wow. Just wow. This is amazing, I love the idea of seeing this rich people just like ‘normal’ people. Yes, they are normal people but society just segregate them (I don’t know if that’s right), so this is like an opportunity for them and for us, and I think travelers are just the perfect kind of people to open your house to, they are happy, free, open minded, and full of stories and experiences. I’d be honoured to meet or know this new wave of couchsurfing. I can share stories, nice photos, recommend nice places and have a nice conversation. I hope this glouchsurfing goes the right way, I really find this innovative and awesome.

    Greetings,

    Bárbara B. S.

  76. Brittany says:

    Wow, this would be amazing! Is this actually happening though? Or is it an April Fool’s joke? Cause seriously, I’m going to be pretty sad. :(

  77. Cris Moya says:

    Excelente idéia,
    Para a maioria das pessoas abrir sua residencia deve ser um ato de coragem ao dividir sua intimidade, parabens aos idealizadores ! tornam possivel experiencias de comunhao de cidadania!

  78. Alejandra Castillo says:

    Great article! Travelling is one of my passions because I can meet pueople otherwise I’d never meet! I’ve done couchsurfing and it’s awesome to meet people who loves travelling and spend with them. As couchsurfing, glouchsurfing is a great opportunity to cross regards and opinions from different perspectives. And I love travelling because it lets you live extraordinary experiences that I’ll share later with my kids and they’ll want to travel and live that kind of experiences by their own, to meet people from around the world, to see the world from different perperspectives. Glouchsurfing… I’M MADE FOR YOU ! Hope I’ll live something like this :)

  79. Sandra says:

    I would really love to learn more about this. I think its a super idea, it would open up a new type of world for me.
    I have done a lot of traveling and still do and meeting new people is always wonderful.
    I think meeting some of these more wealthier people would be fascinating in that, they have life experiences so unlike mine.

  80. Fotis den says:

    Just a fantastic idea! Priceless expirience, but I would like to know how these people choose and trust anyone to live in their houses,

  81. JD correa says:

    Omg this sounds amazing. I’m looking to travel more this summer and getting a nice free places to crash I’d amazing.

  82. Akemi says:

    I would be very much interested in glouchdurfing. I work in tourism and live travelling around the world. Staying at home of rich and famous would introduce me to the vast history and stories behind them. It would give me a lit better insight about destinations. It would be a dream to immerse myself in the artworks and history, and soak up the atmosphere.

  83. Becki says:

    I haven’t yet tried Couchsurfing as I’m a solo female traveler and tend to be leery of these types of housing options. I’m planning a move to Spain where I will be on a budget, so its probably time I check out this option. Would love to hear more about glouchsurfing. Thanks!

  84. diana says:

    I’m a fool for travel so COUNT ME IN! Ugh, if only this was real…The reasoning is sound and I hope one day, someone wealthy will stumble upon this article, take it seriously, and go: WELL IF EVERYONE IS DOING IT, BY JOVE, I SHOULD BE DOING IT TOO!

  85. Simone Charlton says:

    YES PLEASE!! I’m traveling to Europe in two weeks time on my own with no accommodation booked…I just plan on winging it as I go. This would be a godsend! 😊

  86. margaret says:

    I would love this to travel the world and at the same time live in some splendid properties.All that history and the stories the people and houses could tell.

  87. Suze says:

    Now this sounds like my type of couch surfing ;-)

  88. Maria Gioti says:

    As a 22year old girl…with no regurlar income, thats the only way to experience something more luxurious and live one of your wildest dreams!!

  89. Keva Miles says:

    YESSSSSS!!! I am a nomadic soul and absolutely love traveling. I have done couchsurfing in the past but as many fellow travelers know, the are days when all you want is a little luxury! I think this is a great idea and opportunity for people of different cultures, backgrounds, generations, economic status’ and lifestyles to interact and learn from each other. From the home owners to the property staff and all of the world travelers this could be inspiring for many and a whole other level of communication and magic! I love the chancevto experience travel from a whole different angle.

  90. Trevor Barre says:

    awesome – I have never heard of that term before but I’m ready to take my lifestyle up a notch or two, lol

  91. Judy C. says:

    This is special indeed. I would love to see how my ancestors lived as I descended from some of the most noble houses in Great Britain. Could never afford this lifestyle now. It would give such great insight into their lifestyle.

  92. Eva says:

    Thanks for sharing! This seems to be very interesting. I’ve been couchsurfing like a lot of others for quiet a while (and will continue that) and just love it. I met so many interesting people and I always learn and develop when I meet new people even if its just a tiny little bit. Glouchsurfing would be a whole new style and a new experience which I would love to make. So it would be great for me to find out more about it.

  93. Natalie says:

    Sounds dreamy. My number 1 concern when travelling is safety and this option would alleviate a lot of those fears. On the flip side, I’m pretty modest and there’s a lot to be said for simplicity! I would love to do this a few times, but couldn’t imagine doing this all the time – my head might swell! ;)

  94. Kathryn Williams says:

    This is such an exciting and interesting idea! I’m a traveller who mainly is using hostels, couch surfing & sometimes air BnB.. I just love staying with a local as it totally alters your experience & gives a great insight into not only the area from a locals perspective but a glimpse into a life that you usually would not get from fleeting moments in a new area. To be able to experience this type of luxury & perhaps to know the owner off the house or even the staff would be brilliant!
    Please give me the info!!

  95. Nayeli says:

    I love traveling! I´ve only couchsurfed one time before (Thouhg I´ve been close to do it more times) because so far I´ve been lucky to not need it but everytime I can afford to travel is on a very very low budget. One of the most appealing things about staying with other people and traveling for that matter is to know different kinds of people, their stories, their culture, everything! so I couln´t imagine what these people have to offer let alone the luxury of their homes which I imagine a lot of them come with a great history. Also it would be grate to experience a place on the other side of the economic world at least for once.

  96. Siv says:

    Hello!
    This looks so exciting!
    I love to travel, and during travels I particularly enjoy architecture, history and seeing how people live. It is so interesting to me seeing how the poeple of a given country lives (at least from what one can see from the exterior of their apartments or houses). I like to believe this is a good way to get some insights into peoples’ culture. Lower budget apartment buildings with tiny apartments, but with perfectly kept brick walls and beautiful gardens talks about a culture where people take pride in and appreciate what they’ve got no matter how “generic” it might be to some. Houses or buildings where people grow herbs on the porch next to their bike might give the impression of environmentally friendly people living there. Huge, distinguished houses with lights in only one window might indicate wealthy, but lonely inhabitants in the given area.

    In the case of “glouchsurfing”, I could now also see how people live from the inside! And maybe learn more about their history and their way of living. It would be so exciting to get some info on how to become a glochsurfer.

    Best regards, Siv

  97. Gina says:

    Living in Vancouver has cut into my ability to fund my passion. What an amazing opportunity; one that motivates me to get back to my ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ attitude.

    Thanks for the post.

  98. Maria says:

    This is indeed very interesting, not only for travelers but also for the hosts. As you beautifully stated they often get lonely or travel a lot themselves leaving their property. As a couchsurfer it would be an educational experience getting to know the complete other side of it.
    As a photographer artist it would lead to magical reasults of self-growth & inspiration.
    Fascinating, simply fascinating and generous, I am so amazed by this idea that I would definitely want to take a chance. Do my research and make it an experience to last!

    With love and care
    Maria

  99. Sabina says:

    That Sounds awesome! I m very interested how to become part of the community,
    I love to travel and i m using since a year couchsurfing. I met really nice and open minded people. If there is a new network to get places to stay while traveling i would be glad to get some news and details. thanks sabina

  100. Karim says:

    2 reasons:

    1. I simply want to feel how it’s like to be rich

    2. To hang out with the rich owners and see if they’re normal just like us. What makes them happy? What makes them sad? What excites them? Do they wish they were just normal?

  101. Paul Johnson says:

    I hate to break this to you all, but this *was* an April Fool… :)

  102. Daniela Ivanova says:

    Thanks for sharing the fantastic idea! Impact could be expected for sure! I am a nomadic soul and this is just for me. The opportunity to visit fantastic places and to share life experience with rich and famous people sounds just like an interesting novel. I would love to be part of such a novel!

  103. Ursula says:

    I find this article fascinating because not only are these people humble and generous, but we can learn from each other different experiences and stories that money can’t buy.

    I have always travel on a budget and now with my child has forced me to limit on my adventures. I have managed to travel with him for a little bit but definitely knowing that you can save up in housing is a big help.

    Thanks for sharing and hopefully is not an April fools day joke.

    Regards,
    Ursula

  104. Evelyn Untal says:

    Wow! this is a fantastic idea! This is the opportunity to learn not just the sights but the culture, the warmth, the people itself and the lifestyle. It is definitely what a real “traveling” means all about! Please keep on giving us more info and insights!Imagine how good this will be to all knowing each one’s story, of each people,the culture,lifestyle, the warmth , their homes, how they get to live, how they earn it etc… it’s going to be inspirational! Our world is going up to open up with each other! wow how great that would be! Spreading the light and love, the openness, learning and knowing the culture, living the lifestyle!

  105. april's fool says:

    Folks, as Paul stated – it’s a joke. and apparently he fooled a lot of you. It’s a nice concept but can you really see rich people opening their expensive mansions to everyone? Think of the liability.

  106. ilene miller says:

    I would love to glouchsurf and believe I would be a great candidate! I am 34 years old and I have had a pretty difficult past few years battling depression. But, I wasn’t willing to be defeated by it and I fought for my happiness, by tooth and mail, on a daily basis. And on the other side of this fight, I have now found happiness, peace, and have become a spiritual person. I’ve come to realize that my next adventure, and calling, in life is to travel. I want to explore all over the world and meet all different amazing people to continue to help me grow. I am super excited to start my travels, but financially I’m still battling all the details. I would be perfectly fine staying on the couch of anyone who was nice enough to offer their home. But when I read this article, I literally jumped with excitement (which definitely brought lots of curiuos looks by the other people eating at the tables next to me). I have such a love and appreciation for beautiful architecture! I love doing home tours in the city I live in and think it would absolutely amazing to see the insides of the homes available for glouchsurfing! I am also a very honest, respectful, and helpful person, and I love meeting and speaking to new people all the time to hear about so many interesting lives. I would greatly appreciate being considered for this opportunity! Thank you!

  107. Heba mahmoud says:

    This is a great concept! I’m a divorced single mom with a bright and curious 6-year old son. Having access to this when we travel will enable me to offer him more insight on the many facets of our world. Also, it would be a treat for me as I’m receiving no assistance in raising him :)

  108. Jen says:

    Glouchsurfing….not really down with the name, but the concept is definitely appealing. It would be amazing to experience a night or two of luxury, when most of my travel is budget accommodations. I would be able to share my travel experiences, while recharging myself, and hopefully engage with the host in a meaningful way. Having an opportunity to stay in a fabulous home with interesting people would just add to the travel experience. Please do keep us informed!

  109. Judi Erickson says:

    I have done a lot of travelling using hostels and b&bs. Once in a while it is nice to stay in nice comfortable lodging. I hope it’s not an april fool!!!

  110. haha amazing!!! I’m happy to hear the incredibly wealthy are joining the couch surfing world :)
    I’ve been a couch surfer and host for many years now, it’s one of the best things that ever happened to me! Not only does it help traveling costs, but I always find it lovely to stay with someone local and experience life through their reality. We all have so much to share with each other, it’s fantastic when we can bridge gaps between cultural differences. I have made many international friends through this system.
    I’m a photographer and world traveler, and often times I also travel in a “luxurious” way when my clients pay for my fancy hotels. This glouchsurfing sounds like the best of both worlds, and I am very interested in learning more. I always believe in balance and giving back to the world, and would happily take some beautiful photos for my hosts (rich or poor).

  111. Michelle says:

    This sounds really interesting! I have had my experience of couch surfing and staying in hostels and soon realised it wasn’t really what i had in mind. I guess you could say i have a taste for the luxurious lifestyle. The idea of glouchsurfing is great, if suited for the right people.
    A great way for people to experience life on the other side to couches and such.
    I’m glad i came across your blog.
    Would be great to have more info on this, thanks!

  112. Kerry Watson says:

    What great concept and fabulous article! My husband and I are avid and adventurous travellers. After many years of working hard we have decided to take six months off work as a mid life retirement next year. We would love to enjoy a world and lifestyle we can only read about with much envy. You know, it would be very fitting. Love to hear more…

  113. Frauke says:

    Interesting article. I would be interested in experiencing a bit of luxury when travelling around the world.

    I have done housesitting and enjoyed it to look after others houses and pets. It allowed me to get to know another parts of the city, find new cafes, restaurants and other interesting places and things to do there. Also I felt more living in a home rather than at a hotel.

    Meeting people from different backgrounds, cultures, religion and age groups helps us to open our mind and lets us become more tolerant and understanding. Everyone should open their heart and try to talk to a stranger and connect. You will be surprised and amazed by their stories!!!

  114. Shann says:

    If this isn’t an April Fools, it would be a lovely opportunity for students and researchers to increase their field work budget by taking advantage of these kinds of opportunities. Most of our research budget is taken up by travel and accommodations when we’re doing any kind of ethnographic or archaeological library research.

  115. Sapan Parekh says:

    Wow, this is really interesting. Normally I’m a pretty budget backpacker, and I always seem to click with that lifestyle, thinking it’s the most “authentic.” But what we forget is that there are, in fact, multiple stories, each of which is equally authentic. By only traveling the backpacker / couchsurfing way, I lose out on the other story, the oppositional story. For that reason, something like this is very interesting and worth trying out.

    That said, if this is an April Fool’s joke…it’s a good one, too. If not, sign me up!

  116. Stefan says:

    We love the whole couch surfing idea because as hosts we got to meet many travellers from abroad then as surfers we found it an excellent way of getting in there with locals.

    We’d love to get in with your new experience and incredibly fascinated by this idea! If anything to meet people from a different class/background to us.

    Your article’s also inspired a silly image of us sipping champagne in a glamorous bathtub…

  117. Joyce Kilgore says:

    This is an innovative concept. I would definitely like to do something like this. Most likely, I would be travelling alone, and this would be a lot less lonely than staying in a hotel room. We would be company for each other. Besides, chances are that I would not be able to afford hotel rooms that are as nice as these private homes; and this would allow me to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  118. Cindy Collins says:

    My daughter entertained a couchsurfer once and I met him. I have to admit that the whole idea of having a stranger in her home made me nervous. I wondered how he felt travelling from place to place and staying with strangers.

    I’m 44 with only two of my four kids left at home. I’ve decided to go back to school for a couple degrees. I left the idea of college to be a mother and a hard worker. Now I’m a disabled student set out to Master in English. As I’ve aged, I’ve also learned that I need to start on my bucket list. I do have a few places I’ve always wanted to ho. I’m a single mom, full time student, and slightly disabled. The idea of being able to cheaply and comfortably visit those spots would be amazing!

    I’ve also wanted to take each of my kids on a trip. Ideas like glouchsurfing make it seem possible.

    Thanks for this article. How exciting!

  119. Brett Hart says:

    I love to travel. In my opinion it is the best thing to spend money on. Travel brings new experiences and hopefully new ways of thinking. I am very open minded always quick to smile and love meeting new people. If I get in glouchsurfing network I will not only make most of it but I will right about my experiences. life Can be an adventure everyday if you have a lust for life. Please send me more information, If I do meet any rich host I will try to give them good conversation and laughs.
    B. Hart

  120. Patrizia Palumbo says:

    This seems to be a wanderful idea! But…Written in April 1th? Uhm… Too beautiful to be true… But, If it is… I would like to partecipate!

  121. Martin Osvalds says:

    This is so grate. It really shows that there is goodness and kind heart in all parts of society.
    Especially now adays when the gap between rich and poor gets bigger all around the world.
    And this to read articles like this really gives my tru joy. It is the whole reason I joined the couch surfing community. To meet new people that are interesting, fun, poor, rich and everything in between. And for me personally as a student of design och fine woodworking it would be a grate joy to wisit a place like this that I would otherwise not be able to wisit.
    So to finish. To be able to surf the couches in all kinds of people’s homes is always a grate adventure. But some times it is nice to go that one step further when the opportunity arises.

  122. Tracey Swain says:

    This sounds ideal way to travel. I have fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue, Diabetes and damaged spine. Travelling for me is difficult to say the least. However being a landscape photographer and lover of the roadtrips and beautiful spaces be it in the landscape or a stately home this sounds to good to be true.

    To have somewhere to go that your not going to have to worry about cleanliness, hygene etc whether you can afford to eat at the hotel or what your going to eat! If you will be able to sleep and if there will be someone for company.

    For the fit and able travel is exciting an adventure and easy for those of us less fortunate it becomes a nightmare so scary that we often just don’t go. Not everyone has the ability to carry tons of things around in a rucksack and hoof it some of us need comfort for our bodies to just be able to function.

    SItting here just imaganing the things you could learn and the libraries you could lose yourself in, in such places.

    Wonderful

  123. Deniz Dinc says:

    This sounds like an amazing idea; a win-win for both the traveler and the host.
    Couchsurfing gives people the opportunity to know about different cultures, lifestyles etc and Glouchsurfing takes it to a whole new level. I am a traveler/blogger and I would really like to have a chance to experience this!

  124. kelly says:

    This is the stuff of dreams! Rich or poor, humam interraction is what keeps us all going! I have been lucky enough to have been given a sofa and safety on my travels and I’m always gratful…but to stay in a mental enormous palace?! Well…that WOULD be something special…something to write home about even!haha! You are very lucky to have had this experience and even more fortunate to have a platform with which to share your story :) I would love to have the chance to do the same! X

  125. Adi says:

    Hi, this is quite amazing to have such an opportunity, i d like to travel the world like this, meet people, know cultures in every country. I d love to do that :)

  126. Jackie Zacharia says:

    I work in the travel industry and am fascinated how this would work. Am passionate about travel and getting to do so from someone else’s abode is a brilliant way to emerse yourself in the culture.

  127. Charly says:

    Thank you for the article. It demonstrates that economic theory is missing factors of humanity. I am a researcher in the field you describe, and you underline the valid point of loneliness. I wish I could meet these interesting people, and exchange experiences.

  128. anu says:

    I am keen to meet people with a sense of character with responsibility which is very intrinsic ….while the external trappings may camaflouge this critical part……i would be very picky n choosy even in this uber luxe world…..to enagge with persons / families who have been reared on depth of character building …which new money can not buy. so let us see. i am hopeful.

  129. Franzi says:

    Ahoi –
    sounds like a Cinderella story. I would be really interested not only (of course) in the property but also in the people (both the owner and the people working for them). It seems like a total different world but I bet there will will occur the same problems everyone of us struggles with in everyday life…maybe on a different level. But I may also be wrong and it is totally different to “our” world. Also I’ve always loved to visit castles or old properties because of the historical stories behind it. I bet there are tons of cool stories out there nobody knows about! I just love ghost stories:)

  130. Maritess Narvaja says:

    Hi! Thank you for sharing this idea. It’s a great opportunity to everyone who wants to experience a different lifestyle and learn what is the significance in our life. I’m filipino au pair in the Netherlands and very happy with this program(cultural exchange). And ‘Glamping’ is another great experience for me who is interested in different culture and status in the sociaty. I’m planning to visit Paris on July 2015 and i hope you can help me and give us more details. Thank you.

  131. Maritess Narvaja says:

    I should say glouchsurfing instead of glamping. By the way please give us more information about this and thank you.

  132. Laura Byrne says:

    wow this sounds really interesting!

    I resigned from my job today to go backpacking/couch surfing for the first time…….. at 33 years of age!!!! HAHAHAHAHA better late then never, right?

    The thing I love about travel is the people- I think it would be a great way to meet some really interesting individuals!

    I would love to bring some happiness and laughs to these people that suffer loneliness, I can only imagine what having so much but no one to share it with would be like. As an aspiring comedian I love to see joy and happiness in people’s faces :)

  133. Esther says:

    Really keen traveller, always looking for amazing, immersive cultural experiences with people wanting to share their lives, stories and places with new people. Sounds perfect.

  134. giuliana says:

    Well this sounds wonderful!!!
    As a single female office assistant that loves to travel, this could be the answer to having to shorten my trips due to ever rising hotel costs! (T I was able to travel internationally since I was 17th, and have been doing my best to take advantage… But I have not enough money “Couch surfing” has never really appealed to me. Wish I could do this for at least one of my future trips!
    How do I get the insider info?!? :-)

  135. Suzan Younis says:

    I’ve lived and traveled to many beautiful places all my life. I love interiors. Experiencing some of these generous minded owners homes would be an honour. Being that I am very neat and take care of things – there would be no reason to worry about my stay – I’m used to it ! I am currently retired ( two years now ) and only travel when I have the urge to see something new . This sounds like a new and exciting proposal ! Love the idea 😊

  136. Paulina says:

    Hi!

    This is amazing idea and I’m glad that these people are open for another and want show how they live. I really like meeting new people, learn about their customs and traditions and I think glouchsurfing is a new step to travel and explore the world. And I really want start this adventure. :)
    Greetings :)

  137. Edna Ogega says:

    Those who travel often know the tab really adds up. Getting a plane ticket is definitely just the first part. Then of course accommodations, transportation and most importantly FOOD! haha. I grew up on Disney movies and being a princess seemed like the best way of life. Huge house, maids, butlers, don’t forget the puffy dresses! I know they say the grass isn’t always greener on the other side but it wouldn’t hurt to run your toes through it. And as mentioned in the article make connections or simply make a lonesome person’s day for a bit with something as simple as conversation.

  138. BenAHAH says:

    Apparently people dont know April Fools’Day. Glouchsurfing…come on ! how can you believe that…fun joke though

  139. Sarah Quinn says:

    Hello,

    I am a CS’er and have been a host in NYC and a Surfer all around Europe. I have just come back to Barcelona after a winter round trip through France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and back through France to Barcelona.

    This was my last trip around Europe for right now. I have been traveling outside the States for three Years this May. I got to see wonderful places. I have finished the Camino in Spain and worked off a boat in Southern Turkey. It has been some of the best times.

    Now I go back into the States for this summer, but the traveling does not stop. I am going to be in NYC before going down to VA and DC. Then back to NYC before taking the train to Denver and places West.

    I would love to be a active part of your page for travelers. As of this year I am now working more on my Books for Children. I would love a grand view to help me be creative. It would be great to see some gardens of splendor this summer!

    Sarah Quinn

  140. Zimbru Adriana says:

    Awesome idea! That is definitely something I would do myself if I had a mansion! I’d love to know more about this!

  141. I’ve recently began doing research on couch surfing & weighing the pros & cons of the process. I would be interested in exploring this side of the couch surfing world to compare the differences between the two sides. While it’s obvious that the accommodations would be the stark difference, it would be great to see if this option includes learning about the location & seeing the sights with the host as I know is often the case with couch surfers. Additionally as a solo woman traveler/writer, it would be great to discuss how one can travel with a touch of luxury even if it’s just for one night. Great concept that I plan on keeping an eye out on.

  142. Lorelai Avram says:

    I would like to try glouchsurfing, because traveling is not and shouldn’t be just about new stamps in your passport and landmarks checked off a bucket list. It should be about being met with the shockingly different, the unexpected; it should be about being asked to reconsider your choice of lifestyle, your guiding principles and your understanding of your very existence very often. That can happen in a myriad of ways, and for me, one of those ways would be inhabiting, albeit shortly, the house and thus the life, of a member of the 1%. I would love to understand better a perspective and a life that I cannot begin to grasp, and perhaps be put in the situation to wonder about my priorities.

  143. The purpose of travelling to a country for me is to immerse myself in the culture and meet the people who live there. This is why I choose to stay at agritourismos or B & B’s rather than hotels whether they are luxury or not. At hotels you will also meet people from all over the world but they are travellers like you and not from the country you are visiting. I plan a trip to Portugal where I will stay in posadas simply for the fact that I will have the opportunity to discover the cuisine of each region I am staying which is important to me.

  144. otilia says:

    I know I’ll somehow end up in one of these settings just because I have maybe more to offer than I suppose my host would. I’d never accept such a treat without turning it the other way round, meaning my host would have to become my guest at some point. (S)he would definitely have to see what royal treatment means at my place. And that’s impressive, at least that’s what I’ve been told by my previous guests.

  145. Heather Williquette says:

    This is perfect! My dream is to travel the world, and such a big part of traveling is meeting people and learning about their lives, hearing their stories and how they have made it big! (Who wouldn’t want to live in a mansion for a few days?) I’m just a college kid who has a heart for people and traveling, and finding a place to stay and paying for it is always a strain on my small bank account. I think this is the perfect blend of adventure and experience. Everyone gains something in this scenario.

    I would like to get more information on glouchsurfing, and please fill me in on any glouchsurfing opportunities forthcoming!

  146. Bailey says:

    I think glouchsurfing would be an amazing experience, my fiancé and I are dropping everything to travel the world we bought a hammock to sleep in for night we can’t find accommodations fitting our budget. To be able to stay and experience this luxurious lifestyle would be breathtaking after a few outdoors. A hot shower, warm meal, and comfy bed=heaven on earth. I would love to share my experiences and company with my host! This would make travelling even more dynamic than it already is, incredible!

  147. Alison Peake says:

    Love to know more about this. I live in Australia & travel to Europe for the summer every year. I have a house in Tuscany which is “home base” but would love to opportunities to visit other parts of Europe while I am there.

  148. Mohd Zafri Osman says:

    I love to travel – have been to 20 countries (Malaysian, and have been to and lived in Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, and Korea) – and have had a Couchsurfing experience. I believe travel is not only about seeing a new place, but also meeting new people.

  149. Ais says:

    Wow…. it is an interesting idea.
    I’m a traveller who like to try different ways or ideas in travelling in order to gain difference experiences in life.
    I’ve done solo travelling to a big group, staying at dorm to 5 stars hotel, staying at very simple local people’s house to couchsurfing, using plane, bus, car, motorcycle, train, ship and bicycle as transportation from 1 place to other places.
    But I’ve never done this idea, staying at a very rich people’s residence and having experience living in superb luxury style. I’d like to try this glouchsurfing if I get chance to do it.

  150. Kim L says:

    Hi there,

    I am going to Paris and Budapest from April 23-May 2nd.

    I’ve left May 1st open in Paris for accom as I wanted to find something interesting and different to do on this day. As a host to many tourists throughout my life, and having tried couchsurfing myself, I’d love to try glouchsurfing. Can you please send me more info, as I’d like to try this on May 1st in France (somewhere close to Paris) if possible!

    Thanks!!

    Cheers,

    K

  151. Jane says:

    Once I stayed at a very luxurious home in India through Couchsurfing. I left the next day because I was disgusted at the family’s views on poverty and the way the glorified money. The experience was terrible.

    We all have a choice. And we all have the opportunity to decide where our money goes, however much it is.

    Some people decide to spend money on themselves. And this is sad. Even if they give to others, because you are on another level which separates you from the real world. It’s way too much.

    It’s an insult to Couchsurfing. Living like that is an insult to all of us.

    According to the article people who stay there become some sort of amusement for the rich. And oh come on! Nobody in Couchsurfing sleeps on the floor, they are at times very nice rooms and you are able to experience an equal down to earth rewarding experience.

    People who are that rich are because they maybe are paid by a big company who probably is not ethical at all, because maybe they had the luck to live in a developed country which exploits the third world…etc.

    I just can’t understand how people here in the comments think this idea is great.

  152. Iva says:

    I love meeting new people and I am an experienced couchsurfer and host. Despite I am writing this comment, I am actually not into money and all this luxury style doesn’t get me too excited. I am quite happy with travelling on a low budget, sleeping in a tent or an 1$ hostel and driving with 7 other people in a regular car (LOL). However, I am very curious by the nature and I always live to the fullest and try to experience as many new things as possible. If I am honest, probably glouchsurfing wouldn’t make me any happier, but if it’s possible and I would find a host, whose philosophy I would like (maybe someone who was “poor” once), why not give it a try. :)

  153. Csenge says:

    Hi,
    Im a Hungarian in my 20′s living in Barcelona.Ive been traveling with couchsurfing, did a few meetups and eatwith dinners to meet locals, understand their lifestyle, their values and these experiences made my travels every time so exciting. Btw im just in blabla car for the holidays:) It s an amazing opportunity to meet and spend time with people you couldnt otherwise. I believe that these connections form our personality, open our spectrums towards something new every time! I would love to try this new sharing community and meet the people behind. On my part I would love to cook with their chefs, or for them & the host ;) And of course they would be welcome in my nice rooftop apartment in Barcelona center. Looking forward to your news! Best

  154. Shwetha Prem says:

    I’m an architect and I live to travel. I work at a firm where we do high end interiors. As I design these homes, I often wish I could stay at one if only for a night to really know what it feels like. It would also give me a better understanding of what luxury feels like and be an incredible experience. Also know more about a person who resides at such a place and get an opportunity to share experiences and gain a better perspective.

    When I travel I usually try to find a relatively cheaper place to stay so I could spend the money on seeing the place rather than the place I would come just to sleep for a few hours and freshen up. But I often wish I could travel a bit more luxuriously than I do.

    I would love to have an opportunity to stay at a beautiful home while travelling And gain some amazing new experiences and get to see the world from a different perspective than I’m used to. Do sign me up.

  155. Sandra Theodorsen says:

    Wether it is an ‘aprilfools’ or not, it is indeed a brilliant idea. What a great way to explore and discover the world. What a great way to get to know interesting and new people!!!! Unforgettable experience…..Love it…

  156. Happy April Fools’ Day!
    How fun if it were true. What was it Groucho Marx said about “I don’t want to belong to a club that would accept me as a member”?

  157. Kayna says:

    OMG! OMG! OMG! I want more information! This is absolutely awesome. Nobody has a budget to travel but everyone wants to. I want to travel to work for the olympics one day and to expand my knowledge. Pick me!!! :D

  158. Debora says:

    I awlays had a dream of living in a castle. And after reading this post I think my dream will come true for at least a few days since I love to travel.

  159. KC says:

    Dear Genie in the bottle,

    My wish is to experience a luxurious life even for a day only to see why normal people envy this life, i wanna know what is the difference. Hope you make my wish come true.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    KC 😃

  160. Patricia Van Wulpen says:

    I’m a stylish person, who can appreceate seeing and experiencing beautiful things and places.
    I definitely think this is a great way to explore a whole new world and I’m very curious about it!
    I love to travel, but don’t always have the budget to do so. This would be the ultimate way to explore new countries/places I could’ve never hoped to visit in a really extraordinary way.
    I take great care of my belongings and do so with other people’s and have the utmost respect for other people.

    I would very much like to be recommended :-)
    <3

  161. Paulo Silva says:

    Hello
    We are a mere couple of medium / low class with two children (twins) who love to travel and mainly talk about many things: music, cinema, travel and ways of being in life. Obviously, the money is not enough for a lot, but the willingness and the desire to know new ways of being / being is great. Maybe with some kind soul, we can show a little more to our descendants, thus enriching their knowledge and opportunity to learn something that is far from their realities.

  162. Irina says:

    I believe the new trend won’t affect luxury hotels as the crowd that will take part in “glouchsurfing” wants to have a taste of the glamorous life because it doesn’t have access to it on a daily basis. Meanwhile those who already live “the glamour”, will keep on choosing the luxury hotels as their destination. I’d like to receive updates on this new trend and why not, be part of it! Thank you :)

  163. Ana Marica says:

    This reminds me of the luxury version of house sitting. Interesting – I believe this would most benefit long time low-budget travelers who, every once in a while, feel the need of a little bit of pampering and a small pause from the low budget travel style.
    I am such a traveler myself and I know such a thing as ‘glouchsurfing’ is an excellent and much authentic alternative to a hotel I would normally choose every once in a while after longer periods of hostel & couchsurfing.
    I am highly interested in testing the concept, so any info you could provide about it would be great. Thanks!

  164. Peter says:

    This is a rather intrigung idea! I would suspect, and rather welcome, a vetting/screening process. But what a wonderful way to travel, and hopefully be able to reciprocate.

  165. Alexandra says:

    Hello,

    Excuse me to ask, but was this an April’s Fool? If not, is it too late to participate?

    Thanks!

  166. Keith Brown says:

    Is this real? Living in rural England and likewise in France, I should really want to hear from more people who have experienced this rather new experience?

  167. Bob Merrick says:

    This glouchsurfing sounds like a great idea. I never heard of it before but would sure like to know more about it. It would be a great experience to try this. I do like luxury, but could not afford this kind of living during my travels. Now there seem to be new opportunities opening. Based on the number of replies to this blog, there seems to be a lot of similar feelings and interest on this subject. I sure hope this takes off. It may even force luxury hotels to start lowering their prices to meet the competition.

  168. The only way to grasp a concept is to fully emerse oneself in it entirely… This is exactly just that… Emerse and emerge with new adventures and new knowledge. In life you can never stop learning! I wouldn’t bat a lash to join! Please include me in the journey!

  169. Veneda Gabourel says:

    Champagne Tastes – Beer Budget……need I say more? By the time that I scrape together enough money to actually travel; I have no money left to stay anywhere – much less somewhere beautiful and dreamy.

    Oh I just read that this is an April Fools thing ….. too bad, and, if so, a bit mean.

  170. Stefan Heinz says:

    Paul – First of all, thanks for such a great idea and making it public. Very generous.

    I’ve heard about the loneliness before and can get that. My wife and I have been invited to rich people’s places, and one aspect I also see is that people no matter how rich, like to share things that matter to them, be it art or experiences, or just having somewhat interesting conversations about what’s important to each other.

    So yes, I am very interested, and not only because of the cheap stay, but because of getting to know people and maybe contribute to their lives as I can from my end.

    Cheers

  171. Victoria says:

    I love this idea. We stayed in a historical apartment/hotel in Madrid many years ago. It was owned and run by the family who had lived there for years and had opened up the extra rooms for guests. The staff were divine and could tell you about any of the artworks, furniture or history associated with the grand rooms. Eating in the dining room felt like you were playing the part and the hosts were so charming and happy to talk about anything you wanted. It was wonderful to speak with them about their unique space and see how much they loved and respected it, and marvelous that they were happy to open their home up to strangers.

  172. Kayce says:

    This article has been on my MUST read list for a few weeks now. And, I’m sure glad that I just crossed it off. I’ve camped out in a churchyard in Harlem, NY and stayed in a luxurious castle in Ireland. I’ve tried hostels, glamping, treehouses, homestays, hotels, timeshare, and everything inbetween.

    I once studied Intercultural Communication in college; and after, got my wings to see world. I’m intrigued my how othes live their lives. Yes, those that have not intrigue me. But, so do those who have all.

    I would enjoy staying with someone and learning about their life; and, of course, share a window into another world for them.

    Please, if you read this, please let me know how. Thank you so must for sharing your experience!

  173. af says:

    Count us in. We’ve worked in the film and music biz in LA – retired and then started working in education which gives us ample free time to travel. Every new place we visit becomes a history lesson and we have lots of interesting stories to tell to anyone who’s interested.

    ; )

  174. Karen Frazier says:

    Now, for the final wishes on my bucket list: glouchsurfing would be at the top. I love meeting fellow travelers. Everyone has a story and interacting with others is the highlight of travel.
    I hope that you pick me.

  175. Ivan says:

    It’s very interesting reading this article because right now I’ve been hosted for 1 week in glouchsurfing. In a luxurious home with talented chefs.

    I am an engineer that 4 years ago I decided to leave the corporation world and give a chance to my passion Art. In the last 4 years I’ve been living in more than 15 countries growing in my art career, learning, experimenting, collaborating, connecting. At the beginning of this trip I used couchsurfing, now I have my own growing network of friends and projects. During the last one year I didn’t pay for a room collaborating in so many different creative projects. Creativity is my currency, and more and more luxurious homes are being open to me through my art. Cheers from India

  176. Drika says:

    Im brasilian and travel is what i love,pick me ahshshshshs
    it must be the most amazing experience for us..the normal people.

  177. Franz Huber says:

    Hi, very interesting article and tendency. I would appreciate to had the oportunity to experience that! I’ve been traveling for almost 1 year in low budget doing a lot of couchsurfing and hichhikking. I’ve already been in 61 countries and aim to reach 100 until end of 2016. In February 2015, while I was doing couchsurfing in Lesotho, the girl offered me a free ride with her friends to go to the next city, Johannesburg. When I arrive in the car a surprise, an amazing Mercedes AMG 6.3 litters! The driver even pay me the lunch! Luxury-hichhikinng!

  178. Taran B says:

    Oh boy! And what if the host is a sadist, psycho, or even worse – a cannibal! Loneliness can do strange things to people, and rich people can even get away with it.
    No thanks, I’ll pay and stay at the hotel.

  179. Mitu says:

    This sounds like an amazing idea. I would love this opportunity.

    The reasons are multi fold. But biggest attraction would be that the houses and the people in them would have a history and culture of their own to share while experiencing the city or region attractions as well.

    As a child I went to a Bed n breakfast that had been on an estate with my parents, and I still remember sitting w the owners who took the time to sit down and walk me through the family albums and stories of the art pieces in the home. That is the one bed n breakfast that stays in my mind, with more rich memories than any other. Would love to experience the same w the glam level, and architectural history to boot.

  180. Michelle Jung says:

    What a great opportunity for one to experience and learn the way other people live and learn their cultures. I feel you take back a while new outlook on your trips.. meeting new people .. and not to mention what you could learn about yourself and your own life experiences.
    In starting a new chapter in my life and this would definitely be something new for me.. a great way to begin to see the world through a different view
    Id like access to this database!

  181. hello paul Johnson
    If you read this first and foremost would like to thank you for this article.
    Im an artist and I could be eligible to have this opportunity in a sense that i could share ideas, opinions, experiences and also paint the portrait of the owners for free. I saw the picture of the Avril Le Fou and i was inspired to paint that image!

  182. Barbara Morrison says:

    This is the way to see the world and meet people seeking to dispel lonliness by opening their luxurious homes and way of life to travelers. Since my husband’s idea of roughing it is a five star hotel, this would be right up his alley.

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