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During the infancy of the web 2.0, hundreds of thousands of people around the globe opened their homes to one another for free.

First through letters and then via the internet, travelers approached strangers in foreign lands and slept in their guest rooms, on their couches and across their floors.

Beginning in 1999, CouchSurfing grew from a dream to an online community fueling the travel of millions around the globe.

This is the story of the rise and demise of that dream.

“The Couchsurfing movement grew from a dream in the ’90s to an online community in the aughts that fueled the travel of millions around the globe and created a multi-million-dollar business that never benefited its founders. A dial-up drama about the rise and demise of sharing culture and, the OG (and free) Airbnb that was never meant to be.”

-Angie Driscoll, Hot Docs Film Festival