I was going to school in Idaho for about 5 years (minus a brief stint in England), now I'm a software engineer in San Francisco, just like everyone else.
Both Airbnb and couch surfing are a huge part of how I travel, I haven't been in a hotel in years.
I surfed in Vancouver, Canada on my way to an Angels and Airwaves concert. It was fantastic. We made our hosts dinner and they took us around Vancouver a bit.
Surfed in D.C when I went to see Jon Stewart at his rally. 250,000 people in the National Mall, it was more than incredible. One of my hosts was a really cool guy who worked at Media Matters, he took my friend and I out for Ethiopian food.
I've actually surfed through Berkeley twice during two trips to visit friends in San Luis Obispo. Both times I ended up having a great time at some of the campus co-op living groups. I liked Berkeley so much I decided to move here!
First time in NY, Airbnb'd with a DJ and went out on the town with her. We got to skip the line at the club. Too bad NY is so damn humid in the summers.