Taa-daa! The second half has lastly arrived, the rebels. If you’re nonetheless on the couchsurfing fence, I hope it’ll knock you down, in some way. Not like the primary half, this one additionally presents the standpoint of an skilled host. I hope this can be helpful to you.
So, let's dive directly. Good studying!
TRAVELER: Pashmina (from the extinct goat)
I heard about Bruges for the primary time whereas watching the film In Bruges this has portrayed it as a medieval city that has slowly been remodeled into a spot of magnificence and peace, due to the protagonist.
Past the crowds of vacationers and numerous Issues to do in BrugesI wished to expertise the Belgian hospitality and there was no higher platform than Couchsurfing to speak with locals. That is the place I met Steve, an economist working on the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Bruges. (Enjoyable reality: Steve can also be a winner of the collection contest … his mom and he went world wide without spending a dime, just because he had developed a mathematical components to win contests!)
Steve was the Belgian host par excellence – as quickly as we arrived, he acquired a welcome message, set the dinner desk with our names and launched us to sweets, music and Belgian waffles throughout this welcome occasion.
The hours handed and he spoke affectionately in regards to the canals of Bruges, how this glorious metropolis is steeped in historical past and tradition and Previously artwork middle of the western world and seat of the Flemish masters of the pre-Renaissance. We knew we have been in the appropriate place on the proper time to satisfy such a hospitable host.
HOST: Danni Lawson (to reside in 10 nations)
In relation to couchsurfing, I've all the time completed internet hosting and by no means browsing – however possibly I'll change that someday! I feel folks neglect the advantages of internet hosting and suppose that typically it's a one-sided answer. Nicely no.
Once I was residing in Iceland, there was nobody within the village who spoke English and it was exterior the vacationer circuit. Providing a room in place was due to this fact a wonderful method to have a touring companion, alternate experiences and animate it. My friends beloved discovering a brand new a part of the island.
Charlotte Christmas in Iceland
I’ve hosted older vacationers in Australia thus, those that didn’t like life in an inn. I beloved seeing the town by means of their eyes – this has impressed me to get out of my behind, discover new locations and study new issues about them (how one can put together a dish, a couple of phrases of their language, and so forth.). Total, it was very entertaining.
Then a couch-surfing visitor and I even deliberate a visit collectively and it was actually useful to have a journey companion I already knew. Make certain your touring companion doesn’t snore earlier than leaving on the Nice Ocean Street is a victory!
Charlotte Christmas in Australia
TRAVELER: Shara Johnson (from SKJ Journey)
Earlier than my couchsurfing expertise started, communication had been slightly blurry with a number who had described what seemed like a beautiful guesthouse on Bunyonyi Lake. I took a bus to a metropolis the place he met me and we went to a dock, loaded right into a small motor boat and took off at nightfall.
We stopped in a pleasant home, however he informed me to remain within the boat as he was delivering gadgets to his mom. He got here again and mentioned, "I feel I'm going to ask you to remain on the elementary faculty I'm constructing as a substitute." So we continued on our means, lastly bringing within the pouring rain, and it was Confirmed the lodging that I might have for the in a couple of days: a small thatch-roofed thatched hut. A twisted mattress and an evening desk. No operating water, no electrical energy.
Though it was a shock, happily I would not have the opposition to the primitive situations … I might have simply favored to be warned! It was an unimaginable cultural expertise. This aspect of the lake was not touristy. The trainer took me on a tour, the place I might see the "actual" Uganda. I went to mattress late at a campfire to speak to my host and his good friend and study loads about how most Ugandans see the world.
My host additionally took me to his good friend's vacationer resort on an island by the lake and had a scorching bathe, though nobody knew what the shampoo was. I noticed the teachings at main faculty the place the trainer solely had one chart to show. All this was intensely revealing, and I noticed it in probably the most possible way potential, with out assist for vacationer consumption. So on the finish of the day, this stays one among my finest journey experiences.
TRAVELER: Jackie (from Get Misplaced With Jackie)
Couchsurfing is totally out of the extraordinary for me. In truth, it's not even in my regular state, but it surely's one thing I've all the time wished to strive. Why? Scratch an inventory of buckets, sure, but additionally push me out of my consolation zone. I've all the time mentioned on my weblog that I used to be touring with loads of upkeep, however I've all the time heard these fascinating tales of individuals from far-off lands who grew to become lifelong buddies as a result of they occurred. meet couchsurfing. I wished this journey expertise that I knew I might by no means reside in a 4 Seasons. That's why I made a decision to do couchsurfing in Auckland as a result of, I imply, if you happen to're anxious that shit may hit the fan, I imagined that New Zealand was in all probability one of many most secure ( safer) locations for couchsurf.
I traveled to Auckland earlier than going to Melbourne to go to my finest good friend for 2 weeks, then to Bali for 3 weeks. Evidently, I didn’t do loads of analysis on Auckland, the place I might solely spend three days. I’ve rigorously chosen my couchsurfing host, hoping to first create a bond with a lady, however I ended up selecting up the jackpot of hosts with Paul (whom I now think about as a good friend)! Like me, he beloved pictures and, as a single particular person residing alone, I additionally loved the truth that I suggest to prepare dinner for anybody who welcomes me (the barter system is a part of couchsurfing. – it isn’t crucial to present one thing to your host however it’s proper to have one thing to supply). He additionally had a separate personal room, which was a non-negotiable factor for me. I used to be not down with Really to sleep on somebody's sofa.
Paul was appalled by the truth that I had no mission in Auckland (or that I do know of) in Auckland and insisted on displaying me across the space for the following three days. He took me to the most effective views of the Auckland skyline (such because the North Heads Historic Reserve, the Mount Eden Property and the Queens Parade Reserve) to the town. within the mild of day and night time. As a surfer and somebody who can benefit from the seaside like sun-baby, he took me to see a few of Auckland's coolest seashores, together with Piha, Mairangi Bay and the gorgeous city on the water's fringe of Devonport. He even went straight into my driveway and took me to a farmer's market in Parnell to purchase contemporary herbs and tomatoes for dinner!
Total, I’m delighted with my expertise of couchsurfing in New Zealand. I made a long-time good friend that I can’t wait, I escaped from my consolation zone to reside an expertise I by no means thought I might reside and opened my thoughts to a different means of touring . Though I don’t suppose I'll ever see once more (like a mean one who likes room service and huge marble bathtubs), I'm nonetheless a giant fan of conferences with folks from Couchsurfing when he walks the world. One among my favourite options of the app / web site is that you don’t * want * to ask for a sofa or a spot to sleep to satisfy new buddies, you may merely ask to satisfy you or to loosen up!
And sure, there you’ve gotten it – uncooked and unfiltered couchsurfing experiences from world wide. All in all, I feel it's incredible to drop the resort now and again and stick with a neighborhood. This results in progress and exploration in a means that you don’t even suppose potential. However I'm curious: what’s your verdict? Yeah or not at couchsurfing? Let me know, the rebels!