One way that would be pretty helpful is to sign up for couchsurfing.com and friend me! Then you can leave a comment or note to let people know I am trustworthy (only do so if you think I am!). That way people will know I’m not some cheap traveling axe-murderer and will be more likely to offer to show me around town or give me a place to stay.
The site is pretty amazing and full of some great people who enjoy meeting people from around the world and putting them up at thier places. I intend to start putting people up in the place I live next, to pay back the karma I’m eating for this trip.
Here’s my profile: