Couchsurfing: An Essential Tool For Budget Travelers
Unless you have a ton of money, if you want to be a long-term world traveler, you have to make sacrifices. You have to forego the five start hotels, the expensive taxis, and the fancy restaurants. When, at times, you find yourself running on mere pennies, yet refuse to return home with your tail between your legs, you have to get damn creative. Couchsurfing offers you the chance to do just that: To save a bundle. And we all know, the more you save, the farther you travel.
I am kind o a shy guy, and always travel alone, so I was always a bit nervous about asking for a stranger’s couch for a night. I mean, how would that go? I show up at their house, a dusty and tired traveler, and plop all my junk in a corner somewhere and start snoring on the couch? no way!
Then I found myself in Europe. I had been sitting in one city a little too long and had starting to get that familiar travel itch. I decided that, even though I only had about 300 euro, I had to travel. I did’nt know how far it would get me and didn’t care. All I knew was that I needed to step up to the next level of hard-core travel, if I wanted to get far on that 300.
I had known about Couchsurfing for a long time, but ;like I said I never took the plunge. Well this time I did. I made an account, and I set out. When I combined Couchsurfing with hitchhiking and cooking my own meals, I ended up stretching that 300 euros all over Europe. After the wanderlust finally became stronger than my shyness and I showed up at my first hosts house, a new trend was born for me. I made it to that next level. I realized that these hosts were travelers just like me, not just rich people trying to provide some sort of charity. Just like anything that’s tough, the hardest part was that first step. After that I was good to go, and made a lot of new friends, and stayed free all over Europe.
People ask me all the time how I travel so much with no money, but when I tell them, they think I’m crazy. Well believe me, not one single tough time or hard ship stands out in my mind, as it is in the magnificent shadow of all of my amazing experiences. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. So my advise, if it’s your dream to travel, is to just go. Don’t work half your life to try and save for a short RTW trip. Just go now, and it’ll all sort it’s self out. I managed to travel around Europe for two solid months, traveling through over 20 countries, and countless cities. Do you think that when I’m old and I’m thinking about that particular trip, that I’ll have bad thoughts about standing on a cold motor way for hours trying to hitch a ride and then finally getting a ride and staying at a strangers couch in the end? Or do you think I’ll remember, on that same day, partying all night with many new friends at a rave in Berlin? Or going on canal cruises in Stockholm or mid evil tour in Prague Those are the things I’ll remember, and the sacrifices are the means to get there.
Wanna know a secret though? during my whole trip I never even considered hitchhiking or Couchsurfing a sacrifice. It felt more like a better adventure. I met way more cool people, and had way more adventures and fun. That’s why I continue on my friends! Come connect with me, see my CS profile here!