They are all members of Couchsurfing.org, a “social” community of people of all ages who are interested in getting to know fellow travelers.

is being redesigned with the intention of being far more user-friendly by the end of the year.

For now, there’s a How It Works tab to help you navigate (click here to access How It Works).

If your travel style is more loner than social, you can still couchsurf; just say so in your profile so your host won’t be disappointed when you don’t want to swap traveler’s tales over a home-cooked meal.

Likewise, hosts who don’t have a lot of time for schmoozing and touring will say so in their profiles, so sociable surfers won’t expect it.

(Go to your city’s “Place Page” and click on “Events.”) Attending an event is a good way to get started, says Budapest-based marketing executive Andras Foldvari, 60 (click here to see his Couchsurfers profile).

“You’ll become acquainted with fellow travelers and learn more about CS etiquette,” Foldvari says.

You can offer to show someone around your city, meet a visitor for dinner or help a traveler figure out the bus routes.

hosts local events, too, like pot lucks, where you’ll meet other members in your city.

Foldvari, a CS member for six years, suggests offering a small gift, like a sampling of your own local food.