Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oodles of Couch Surfers!

Given it is just the 2 of us living in a 3 bedroom villa, we figured we would offer our humble abode to others who are travelling through Muscat and looking for short-term accommodation. It is the least we can do because let's face it, we aren't spoilt for choice when it comes to hostels or backpacker accommodation in Muscat. Sure, there are more than enough places to camp...dodgy establishments & cheap hotels etc, but it isn't all that great and can get old REALLY fast!

Having backpacked through Europe ourselves, we know what it is like to be on a budget but also wanting to meet some nice people who can give you the inside tips & hints on what to do. Oh, and a nice warm shower, home cooked meal, glass of wine and a place to do your laundry helps!

So as a result, we currently have a full house with 3 new additions - an Austrian couple who are funky, fabulous and fancy-free! They are seriously refreshing, have some amazing stories and cooked us an outstanding meal last night! We have hosted them for the past few days and will continue to do so until their Indian visa comes through. We also had a French lass join us late last night and she is lovely, most likely staying with us for a week (and today is her birthday!).

It has been really nice to meet people who are so down-to-earth and keen to travel.
Who knows, maybe we will head off somewhere for Eid and Couch Surf for the first time?

So check out the site if you are interested in hosting, being a couch surfer, or meeting up with other like-minded people in Oman for a coffee, chat, trekking or camping.



  1. Hmm..what does your landlord have to say about this ?

    Have you tried home swapping ?

  2. Thanks for dropping by Blewyn...but why on earth would I have to notify my landlord about having visitors from time-to-time? It isn't as if we are taking money from them, which is essentially like having family or friends visit us isn't it?

    We have not tried home swapping, but my mother-in-law has thought about it. Have you?

  3. Couch surfing sounds fun. I wish I'd though of it!

  4. I haven't tried homw swapping, but I'd like to. I would be quite easy to lock all our private stuff in one room and leave the rest for visitors - but I'm pretty sure the landlord would be demanding money if he found out about it. Couch surfing is more of a grey area, but then if your landlord finds his house on the website then I wouldn't be surprised if he starts to demand money....Bear in mind you're in breach of contract and could be thrown out without notice.

    It would be good if the law was changed so that tenants had the right to homeswap....beneficial for tenants, and beneficial for Oman tourism....