I used to go to Internet cafAs to interact with people across the globe, but this is a website where you can actually meet people from different places and be hosted by them," said Bahrain-based Indian couch-surfer Vivek Sagar.
American couch-surfer Bruce Lawson has hosted three people in Bahrain from the US and has more people from India visiting later this year.
Bahrain-based Omani adventurer Nabil 'Nabs' Al Busaidi said that he was hesitant at the prospect of allowing strangers to stay at his home at first, but is now willing to accept any couch-surfer who happens to visit the country.
"If I'm honest that would be the one couch-surfer that I wouldn't host again - I didn't really get any value out of it," he said.
"But the funny thing is she's probably the couch-surfer that we speak most about and everybody remembers."
"We had one incident where my friend's wallet went missing and the evidence seemed to point towards a couch-surfer we were hosting," she said.
These ensure that couch-surfers have no ill-intentions and are who they say they are.
"If you want to get involved, the best thing to do is put up as much information on your profile if you want people to visit you, and if you want to travel meet as many fellow couch-surfers as you can so you can gain references and get that circle of trust going," he said.
In total he's been visited by five couch-surfers, including a British Sunday Times journalist writing a book on the phenomenon.
Josh Cahill, 24, a Dubai-based resident from Germany and one of the world's most experienced couch-surfers
, working in the hospitality industry, and Victor Eekhof, 24, from the Netherlands are planning an initial six-month trip that will take them across the US.