The idea is that you join the club for about $60 a year and then select someone from the
membership list who is willing to host you. The basic rate is $20 a night, breakfast included,
and your host will spend at least an hour with you to help you get oriented. In most cases, your host is waiting, offering a glass of wine when you return in the evening, to listen to your day's adventures.
It is expected that you will not overstay your welcome, the limit is usually 4 days, unless a more extensive stay has been negotiated.
In most cases, people tend to more generous in their welcome with the
result that wonderful, lasting friendships develop. Of course, you may get an email or phone call from someone who will ask you if you would be willing to host a visit.
Friends of ours are presently on a wonderful vacation down-under, enjoying the hospitality of friendly welcoming Australians. During their one month visit, they will have spent only 4 nights in hotel!
What a wonderful, affordable way to see the world!