Wednesday night, my roommate went to North Park for a Couch Surfing event.
Did not know that Couch Surfing had events.
Before I get myself ahead, Couch Surfing is an international network of travelers connecting with locals. It’s a great alternative (and cheap) alternative to hotels and a tour guide. I was first told about Couch Surfing back in 2010, my friend from NorCal came to visit me told me this: “want to get acclimated everywhere you go? Try couch surfing.” It was in the back of my mind until one day another friend from college and her boyfriend decided to take this year long road trip and I hosted them when I was in San Diego. I took them around the city, to the bars, the beaches, and Balboa Park and I thought it was a lot of fun. I decided maybe this couch surfing thing was not a bad idea after all.
Go to present day, honestly, I was never as active as I thought until recently. My current roommate also has a couch surfing account and he has been a couch surfer himself.
So anyways, my roommate went to the couch surfing event because he wanted to meet fellow travelers. He actually thought the event was just a travelers only meet up. He hangs out and walks back to his car and but he stops and talks to more people and then someone said he needed a place to stay for a couple nights and that was when my roommate decided to take him in.
He’s from Wales but he was teaching in Korea for a year and is on his way back to his home country the long way by exploring the U.S. It was really exciting to have a traveler in our apartment. We look forward to hosting more. We were sad that last night was our last night hosting him. I didn’t think the past two nights just were not enough to spend more time with our traveler.
Actually correction, the first night he knocked out as soon as he got to our place and so it was really one night to hang out with him.
I was so excited talking about hosting foreigners but, the objectives I’ve got was “he better not be a robber.”
Wrong crowd. The art of being a traveler is that your intuition become better but yet you learn how to take risks. We have had messages from people whon were interested staying at our place but we knew based on our correspondences, they were not a good match.
Or “if couch surfing is so great, then why do we stay at hotels?”
Wrong crowd. Couch surfing isn’t exactly family oriented. It’s mainly for young travelers usually solo or maybe two people. Don’t know any couches that can dorm a whole family.
Wish more people could share my excitement. Maybe that’s why I write. I write about what it mean to be a twenty-something– it’s about being excited about life. I’ll draw more upon that later.