I used to live in the province, so not a lot of guests came by. I gladly hosted them when I was available, once or twice a year (and then many more previous hosts of mine who specifically came to visit me); but I surfed vastly more than I hosted, probably not quite a hundred different couches but close to. I had about 70 references on CS, but in some instances didn’t get one, and then there’s WS and Trustroots, too. In recent years I went on bike trips, sometimes staying for a few days in a place but often just rushing from one town to the next which of course massively inflated the number of places I went to. The message limit hit me hard because in weeks with lots of movements it meant I could only send one or two requests per town – without WS I would have been lost at that point.
How I started to host was funny … at the time I was living at my uncle’s place and had that stated in my profile as the reason why I couldn’t host. When I returned from my first major surfing trip, he though asked right away: “How does it work, this Couchsurfing? – could you host as well?”, with the greatest curiosity.