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 - Jan 19, 2008
Couch surfing, the act of sleeping on a stranger's sofa while traveling, is becoming an internationally accepted type of travel accommodation. Spinning off the trend are niche couch surfing projects like Sleep-In, a website that lets soccer fans both find and offer a couch during Euro 08.

Unlike just renting out a room, couch surfing is not only free, but is a form of travel that is more about the people than the places. It's an opportunity to get to know real people living in that location, their cultures and customs. Specific interest projects like Sleep-In connects like-minded individuals from around the world.

"The only thing you have to do is register on Sleep-In as a host or guest, for free," the Swiss site says. "Hosts can make accommodation offers during Euro 08, and visitors can choose the ones they find most suitable. Those visiting can say something about themselves and what they hope to find in an accommodation during their stay. The hosts can then choose whomever they like. From there, you work the rest out on your own."

This is a neat way to meet people from around the world who share a similar passion, while discovering a new place on a budget.