I want to try and do more traveling and exploring next year, and I don't mind staying in hostels and I've been known to stay at a Motel 6 or a Red Roof Inn, so I'm not the pickiest guy in the world, though I have some standards.
I wanted to know if any of you have ever tried Couchsurfing or AirBNB. Couchsurfing is pretty much free - staying in someone's house while AirBNB involves renting a room or house depending on your needs. I'll admit I'm a lot more leery about staying in someone's house for free than paying. I know the reviews are a lot more mixed on Couchsurfing depending on someone's experience.
I wanted to know if someone has ever had experiences with either of these sites and what to expect. I'm considering relocating to another city soon and debate on staying somewhere for a few weeks to a month to get experience and a feel for a city (which would be a lot more feasible if you're renting a room or staying in an extended stay).