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news secondary/--1 of 1--Dina Angress (CQ) of Petaluma Wednesday, January 17, 2007 is a member of a web site titled couchsurfing.com and routinely offers to put total strangers up for free at her apartment in Petaluma, in as much, having used the service herself for trips around the world. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2007

Scores of North Coast residents join online community offering hospitality the world around 'The only way ... to travel'

"It's the only way for me to travel," she said. "I usually have enough money to get the ticket, but if I have to pay 50 to 70 dollars a night to stay anywhere, forget it.

"It's the only way financially speaking and secondly, it's so much nicer to stay in people's homes than in a hotel room. This way you can really get the feeling for what the country is like."

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