Sarka’s FBC Couch Surfing Story

Photo courtesy of Juls

When I joined the first Food Blogger Connect conference in 2009 I was a complete newbie with my 3-month-old blog not knowing anybody out there in the virtual food world. I loved my small humble blog, but was thinking it was a lonely job. I had no idea! Food blogging is everything but a lonely job. Food community is one of the best things about blogging.

Since I’ve started my blog, I’ve met many lovely fellow bloggers and have had so much fun. There is a saying “love goes through the stomach” and I think the same is true for friendship;  can you find a better thing that connects people than good food? 🙂

A few weeks before FBC10, I learned that some of my fellow food bloggers were looking for cheap accommodations in London. I knew from my own experience that it’s not an easy task. We had a tiny room in our small London apartment that we used as a guest room for our visiting friends and family. I started thinking something like this: 

“Would it be too weird to offer a couch to some of the non-London bloggers? I know we have never met, and they may think I’m some kind of a weirdo inviting them to stay with us. But they can save money on a hotel and it would be great to get to know each other, and since we follow each other’s blogs, we are not actually complete strangers…”

I still wasn’t convinced and I didn’t want to sound creepy, but I did it anyway.

A few days after my crazy invitation, I realized I had to fit 3 bloggers in our super tiny apartment! I moved some furniture in a study and put an air bed on the floor. Finally, I met three lovely ladies Juls, Tiina, and Pam who became my very dear friends! Following FBC10, Juls invited us to surf her couch for a change. So what seemed to be a crazy idea at the beginning resulted in friendship that I’m very happy and thankful for.

If you are London based and would like to offer your couch to some fellow blogger, or are a blogger looking for a couch, then leave a comment on the FBC ‘Couch Surfing’ post. Also, if you were thinking of putting someone up but don’t actually have a spare bed, I’m sure the crasher would be very happy to buy (or pay for) an air bed that can fit in a study or whatever spare room is available. Such investment is definitely worth a new friendship!

I recently learned of the CouchSurfing community. CouchSurfing is apparently very popular, especially among young people and may offer another option to finding cheap (free) accommodations and making new friends. So take a look at their website.

I look forward to seeing many new and old faces at Food Blogger Connect!



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13 Responses to Sarka’s FBC Couch Surfing Story

  1. (@bloggerconnect) (@bloggerconnect) June 7, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    A great post by the lovely @CookYourDream She let @JulsKitchen surf her couch & the rest is history as they say #FBC12

  2. MD Smith August 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Good morning!

    Thanks for the CouchSurfing tip – I have signed up and am looking forward to couching with a kindred spirit.

  3. kellie@foodtoglow August 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    HI there. I am wanting to book for the conference, and the idea of couch surfing sounds intriguing. My only hesitation is that I have a very small bladder and wouldn’t want to disturb anyone during the night. Anyone brave enough? I would be so grateful if you considered it. A double bedroom/own bathroom up In beautiful Edinburgh in return!

  4. Rossella August 25, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I’m really curious about the couch surfing solution. It would be great to match FBC12 with my 1st couch surfing experience. What in return? Italian food 🙂

  5. Rossella August 31, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Just to say, That I’ve found a room. A sort of couch surfing at the end.

  6. Food Blogger Connect (@bloggerconnect) February 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Coming to #FBC5 & need accomodation? Bloggers had a great experience with Couch Surfing in the past. Friendships made

  7. Food Blogger Connect (@bloggerconnect) February 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Need somewhere to stay for #FBC5? Try Couch Surfing – read one food blogger’s experience

  8. Food Blogger Connect (@bloggerconnect) March 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    @PersianLiving Many bloggers have couch surfed in the past and had a great experience.

  9. Food Blogger Connect (@bloggerconnect) March 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    @cakesphotoslife You could couch surf with another blogger….

  10. Linda March 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    I’m from the US (Washington D.C.) but will be in Dublin, Ireland in June attending the Dublin Cookery School and would love to make it to London for the conference. I’m looking to couch surf. Can anyone put me up??

  11. Ashley May 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm #


    Is anyone offering up their couch this year for other bloggers? It’s my first time at FBC, and I’m really excited to meet new pwoplw.



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