International · Travel Tips

Travel the World on a Budget with WorkAway

  • Comparing WorkAway to WWOOF and HelpX
  • Fees and Services
  • Personal Experiences and Plans
  • How to Travel on $1000 a Month or Less

Comparing WorkAway to WWOOF and HelpX

If you are familiar with the concept of working for your room and board while traveling, you might have heard of websites like WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and HelpX.

WWOOF, as the name implies, is for farm work whereas HelpX includes a broader base of volunteering opportunities such as backpacker hostels and B&Bs but still centers on farms, ranches, and homestays.

Both HelpX and WWOOF have been around for a long time and may have special sites for popular regions such as Australia, Europe, and the US. WWOOF, the oldest in the bunch, is celebrating its 37th year, whereas WorkAway was launched in 2002 (one year earlier than Couchsurfing).

Though there are plenty of hostel as well as farm opportunities on WorkAway, it is not limited to those categories. Because the platform includes a focus on language exchange, you can also find host families.

For example, if you have been learning Italian and/or want to visit Rome, you might find a couple there who would like someone to help improve their son’s English. In exchange for a few hours work (never more than five hours a day, five days a week and often less), you get a place to stay, the opportunity to practice the language you’ve been learning with native speakers on a daily basis, and in some cases meals included.

Additionally, there are lots of opportunities to volunteer for nonprofits who, for example, work with street kids in Manila or teach orphans in the mountains of Vietnam.

Fees and Services

You can become a premium member on HelpX (which is required if you want to be able to contact hosts) for just over $20 (USD) for two years. WWOOF typically costs $30 a year and WorkAway is the most expensive at $38 per year for an individual account and $48 for a couples account.

Besides offering a couples account, WorkAway includes the option to find traveling companions and join two accounts together.

Of course, the main function of the website, once you have set up your profile, is to help you find hosts and allow you to contact them. From there, you can exchange contact info and communicate through email or social media.

The website also allows you to list your destinations and travel dates so that hosts can initiate contact and invite you to volunteer with them. Finally, WorkAway has a blog with lots of helpful tips for first-timers.

Personal Experience & Plans

Personally, I haven’t used WWOOF or HelpX but I have heard quite a lot about them as both are quite popular here in Australia. However, I never had the intention to backpack from farm to farm across this vast continent so I didn’t take much personal interest.

I have, on the other hand, been a member of the Couchsurfing community since earlier this year and have already had some fun experiences, met great people, and made new friends through it.

One such friend talked about how he had recently traveled South-East Asia with WorkAway and immediately my interest piqued.

I had already been intending to leave Australia by the end of this year and look for opportunities in the Philippines and Taiwan instead,

I decided almost right away to join WorkAway and since then I have confirmed my first host in Palawan in January and have been invited to teach in the mountains of Vietnam in February and volunteer at a surf school in Taiwan thereafter. I have been able to find multiple potential hosts in Taipei, though not as many in Manila. In combination with Couchsurfing, however, there are plenty of opportunities.

How to Travel on $1000 a Month (or a Little as $750)

I book all of my flights out of Manila, as I have been when coming to Sydney, and I have a GetGo card and membership so I earn points every time I fly with Cebu Pacific. They have flights from Manila to just about anywhere in South East Asia (plus as far as Sydney and Los Angeles) are extremely affordable.

You can find flights on the Cebu Pacific website that almost always rival any deal you’ll find on Skyscanner and as a GetGo member, you can use the points you’ve earned to book exceptionally good deals through their website. For example, a Cebu Pacific flight from Sydney to Manila on December 31 through GetGo cost me $250 ($175 when redeeming points) instead of $320 via or $330 via Skyscanner.

Round-trip flights from Manila to other islands in the Philippines, such as Palawan, can be booked for as little as $75 and a round trip to Taiwan, Vietnam, or Malaysia might cost $100-150. Even if you are buying your own food, the cost of living in these countries is so low that in a place like the Philippines you can comfortably get by on spending $20 a day.

Coupled with the free accommodation provided WorkAway hosts and maybe a few friendly Couchsurfers, you can absolutely live on a thousand dollars a month or less. In fact, if you booked one $150 dollar round trip per month (countries like the Philippines give you a free 30-day visa upon arrival), and spent $20 a day you could travel, not necessarily the world, but definitely South-East Asia for $750 a month.

I’ll keep you up to date on how this works out for me.

Make Memories and Share Experiences

As great as it is to see the world, it’s the people you share travel experiences with that make the places worth remembering.

And in that way, volunteering for your room and board or surfing couches is not just about traveling on a budget.

For one, your WorkAway host will likely be able to hook you up with great experiences during your time off and possibly get you some good deals too. Many hostels and such places will be geared toward travelers like yourself and odds are good that you’ll meet some interesting people with whom you can share your travel experiences.

I can wait to see what these next few months (or possibly years) of traveling will teach me. It will certainly be quite different from the past year I’ve spent in Sydney, working from home in a quiet and peaceful environment. Though, if there’s one thing we can always count on in life, it’s change.

Australia · Travel Reviews · Travel Tips

A Weekend in Shoal Bay, Port Stephens

Port Stephens is full of bays. Starting from Salamander, you can work around the clock: Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay, and Anna Bay, and there’s plenty to do in each.

You can ride camels, go sandboarding, take a dune safari, or encounter sharks (this is a planned experience) near Anna Bay. Likely the most popular spot is Nelson Bay, where you can swim with dolphins, visit fish and marine life sanctuaries, and attempt to sight whales. Besides nature, there’s also go-karting, toboggan rides, “hot ice skating”, rock climbing and a slew of other active things to do.

Port Stephens

But what they don’t tell you is that you can also do nothing.


Nothing but enjoy being here.

At first, I was considering an Airbnb in Anna Bay so we could be close to the action for sandboarding and camel rides. However, when we found this cozy and affordable spot in Shoal Bay–which drew us in with the beautiful environment, idyllic waterfront, national park, and of course beaches–our decision was made.


As peaceful as this little haven may seem, we were pleasantly surprised to discover a bustling nightlife at the Shoal Bay Country Club (a five-minute walk from our Airbnb) when we went to explore the town after a late arrival from Sydney on Friday.

Right across the road from the Country Club, you’ll find a beach with a concrete wharf that juts out far enough for a casual 10-foot plummet into some piercingly cold water. If you’re hungover from the night before, this may help.



After a lazy morning in bed with a gorgeous view of Tomaree Mountain from our quaint attic window, a salt-water dip, and cold drinks to sip on the beachfront, we made up a meal at our Airbnb kitchen and spent the night chatting with a pair of medical students from Europe who had booked the room next to us.

The next day, we packed up our things and–now that we were finally ready for action–made the trek up to the Observation Post on Tomaree Mountain. The hike is only about a half-hour to an hour from the Shoal Bay Wharf, very doable–even for small children–and absolutely worth it.


After getting back on Shoal Bay Road, we still had time for a drink at the beach before catching a bus back to the Newcastle Interchange and another train-replacement bus from there to Sydney.

Typically, a single train and bus will get you from Central Station to any of the Port Stephens Bays in under five hours. Of course, you could rent a car using the Car Next Door app and get there in less, as our fellow Airbnbers did. However, there’s something quite enjoyable about heading out of the city without a car–I mean care.

And if one thing is cheap in Sydney, it’s the trains; gotta love ‘m!

Philippines · Travel Reviews · Travel Tips

6 Things to Love about Metropolitan Manila

Though I left life in Manila behind about a year ago now, I have spent many years in this behemoth of a city. Recently, I’ve been spending months at a time in Sydney, and what a contrast that is.

For quite some time, I’ve had a post bobbing in drafts titled “Things I Love About Sydney” but I still haven’t gotten around to writing it. Perhaps because it’s so obvious.

Yes, Sydney is a beautiful (and expensive) city, what with its beautiful parks and beaches and picturesque points, and it’s been a pleasure staying here.

However, re-experiencing life in Manila last month has inspired me to write about this swelling metropolis instead.

In the past, I wrote about the struggle to survive in Manila and revisited a few remarkable memories. Now, I’d like to write about things to love in Metropolitan Manila.

1. Warm Greetings

From the thick, warm blanket of air that wraps it’s welcoming arms around you when you first step out of the airport to the hospitable nature of its people, Manila sure knows how to give a warm welcome.

2. The Slow Life

Life meanders here at about the same pace as the traffic along EDSA and it’s certainly not a place for the impatient. However, there is something quite enjoyable about settling into the slow pace–certainly for awhile, at least.

3. The Cheerful Optimism of the Happy-Go-Lucky

Years ago I did some work as a language assessor for BPO companies and every other Filipino candidate I interviewed described themselves, word for word, as “happy-go-lucky”.

I found it quite amusing at the time but, truthfully, the easygoing nature of Manila locals is quite a pleasant contrast compared to how people can be in other parts of the world.

One of my favorite Tagalog expressions is bahala na si Batman or “leave it up to Batman”. Indeed, Filipinos are so relaxed and optimistic about the future that they don’t even need to leave it in God’s hands: Batman will do.


3. The Abundantly Friendly (and Surprisingly Ever Unserious) Nature

A former manager and fellow foreigner once told the story of being mugged in Paranaque–one of Metropolitan Manila’s seventeen cities, located just south of the CBD.

It was late and he was on his way home from work when two young men approached with what I believe was a knife and asked for his money. He was tired after a long day and told them woefully that he had nothing on him. The muggers showed such pity that they apologized for the disturbance before going on their way.

Honestly, when people ask me if Manila is dangerous, stories like this often come to mind. That’s not to say you can’t get in trouble–certainly, you must be vigilant–but more often than not I have found the nature of Filipinos too innately friendly and accommodating to warrant fear of confrontation.

If you asked me who the most serious people in the world are, I’d probably say airport security. Yet, in the Philippines, they’re still friendly enough to comment “Nice hair!” during a pat down.

In truth, Filipinos can make light of just about anything, from airport security checks to devastating typhoons.

4. The Spirit of Bayanihan


No, it’s not a ghost. Bayanihan would more or less translate to the value of extending a helping hand without expecting anything in return. It is best embodied in the picture of a whole house carried on the shoulders of a group of neighbors.

I’ve never seen my neighbors carry a house but I have had a total stranger pick up my motorcycle and carry it to a mechanic for me when it broke down on me. In fact, I’ve never needed more roadside assistance in the Philippines than the Filipinos on the roadside.

On another occasion, trying to find the way back to Manila on dark and unmarked roads after a trip out of town, the car ended up in a ditch. Stranded and hours from home with a baby in the car and little else, my companion and I had all of two minutes to worry about what we were going to do before people starting crawling out of the woodworks, so to speak, and lifting our car out of the hole.

They were gone as quickly as they had appeared. Bayanihan, indeed.

5. The Vegetarian Challenge

Nowhere in the world has the struggle to be vegetarian (for the past six months or so) been as real as in Manila.

The local diet is built on pork and seafood, with a side of chicken and beef, and lots of rice. When I asked for vegetarian dishes on the menu at one Filipino restaurant, I was pointed to one small plate vegetables.

Though, in the spirit of optimism, the quest for vegetarian food in Manila makes for quite a fun challenge.

I became vegetarian earlier this year before going back to Europe. In Holland, it was easy; in Luxembourg, doable; back in Australia, fantastic. (It’s almost like meat doesn’t exist in Newtown anymore.) In Manila, on the other hand, it’s been quite the opposite.

Still, it has drawn me out of a comfort zone and into new experiences. I’ve even discovered a couple of great all-vegetarian/vegan restaurants that serve plant-based versions of Filipino favorites such as sisig and adobo.

Indeed, if you’re a vegetarian in Manila and you haven’t been to these places yet, check out Corner Tree Cafe in Makai and the Vegetarian Kitchen or Greens in Quezon City.

6. The Pleasure of a Cold Beer at a Low Price

Last but not least, there is nothing quite like an icy cold San Mig on a hot Manila day. This local beer will cost you a dollar at many establishments and set you back no more than three bucks at even the swankiest venues.

It’s an easygoing beer and surprisingly good for the price. In addition to the light and pale Pilsen, you can find the far less easygoing Red Horse (read: crazy beer) at about the same price. Only for the brave (read: crazy).

Europe · Travel Reviews · Travel Tips

Three Days in Malta

Malta is an amazing country and was it not for a wedding, I could have easily gone my entire life without setting foot on its islands.

Dividing vacation time between Manila and Malta almost seems like a mistake: a typo when booking, perhaps. One is a metropolitan city on a tropical island in South-East Asia and the other an ancient Mediterranean archipelago now popular among European tourists.

Regardless, it was the itinerary of the month.


A Bit of Maltese History

From Saint Paul’s shipwrecking to Cersei’s naked walk of shame, the small island of Malta has hosted many significant events.

Malta has been occupied by the Romans, Arabs, and a horde of others. The famous Maltese knights arrived in the sixteenth century and the stage was set for the Great Siege of Malta–a tale that quite frankly puts the Battle of Blackwater to shame.

Eventually, it was Napoleon who took Malta from the knights at the end of the eighteenth century. It took the French only two petite years to surrender, leaving the Islanders in the hands of the British Commonwealth and forever fated to drive on the wrong side of the road.

Malta also played a role in the Second World War. With so much historical bloodshed, the islands of Malta have offered an excellent setting for blockbusters such as Troy, Gladiator, and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Curiously, for all the testaments to Malta’s rich history, the most renowned monument appears to be King’s Landing.

Things to do in Malta

A: Visit historical sights
B: Go to the beach

At least, that was the debate for my partner and me as we only had three days on the island–one of which was fully occupied by the wedding.

Upon arrival at the airport, we met up with a few family members and were spirited to Qawra Point in St. Paul’s Bay.

We stayed at Seashells Resort (great place, very friendly and accommodating staff) and enjoyed the nearby Qawra Point Beach as well as a sunset swim in the infinity pool, followed by dinner, at Café Del Mar.

Also in St. Paul’s Bay: the National Aquarium. Which is where you go if you haven’t been able to find any fish in the ocean.

The following day was spent at the wedding venue. Popeye Village, named after the spinach eater and apparently the only film set still standing in Europe, is now functioning as a small amusement park. This charming film-set-turned-theme-park located along the beautiful cliffs of Anchor Bay becomes quite magical when the sun begins to set.

On the third and final day before departure, we decided to explore one of the other islands.

The largest island of Malta is (you guessed it) Malta. Next comes Gozo and in between the two lies the smallest of the three and home of the Blue Lagoon: Comino.



From Marfa in Mellieha, which lies in the north Malta, you can catch a ferry straight to the Blue Lagoon.


Getting Around the Main Island

1. Public Busses
They have routes and schedules but also, apparently, a mind of their own.

2. Taxis
There is no Uber in Malta but you can use an app called eCabs to book taxis from your phone. Most trips ranged from €18 to €25.

3. Car Rentals
Cars can be rented at the airport for anywhere between €16 and €28 per day. Keep in mind that the Maltese don’t drive on the right side of the road.

The turquoise bay was awfully crowded when we arrived, so we trekked to another point on the island and found a quieter spot to enjoy the Mediterranean sun and sea.


We ended the day with dinner at Ocean Basket back in St. Paul’s Bay and for the first time in my five months of vegetarianism I felt sincerely envious as lavish platters of seafood were brought to the table.

That being said, I did enjoy their vegetable dishes and a plate of tasty vegetarian sushi.

We saw castles and fortresses all along the landscape but didn’t visit any of them. Among other interesting places which I didn’t get to see but heard good things about are the walled city of Mdina–which embodied King’s Landing–and the Dingli Cliffs. You can also find St. Paul’s Catacombs more or less in between those two locations.

Malta was entirely a delight, though I must say I was a little disappointed that they had knights in all the souvenir shops but Maltesers were nowhere to be found.

Here a few aerial views of almost the entire island on the way out:

And thus the end of this staccato account.

Day Trips · Europe · Travel Tips

The ABCs of a Child-Friendly Weekend in Luxembourg

Animals at Parc Merveilleux

Parc Merveilleux is a wonderful place for children and adults alike in the way it bring wildlife and nature to your fingertips.

In this case, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Come face to face with animals big and small, enjoy a walk through nature–or a train ride, have a picnic along the way or perhaps a relaxing drink at the cafe while kids go wild at one of the many exciting playgrounds.


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Brunch at Le Paris

Le Paris in Mondorf is another place for everyone, with a fine-dining feel, (some) affordable food, and an outdoor play area for children.

Their menu is reasonably varied and has at least a few vegetarian items on it; by holding the cheese, they can easily be turned vegan as well.

Celts at Bealtaine

On May 19 and 20, the Bealtaine Festival was in Luxembourg town.

Whether you’re a medieval nerd, a sword fanatic, a leather head, a metal head, a child, or none of the above, you’re certain to find entertainment among the various stalls, activities, and shows at this Celtic-themed festival.

At Bealtaine, you can converse with the craftsmen and women on their trade, take your child  from activity to activity, drink local brews, and watch scantily clad grown men play at being gladiators–don’t worry, it’s child appropriate (enough).

If you’re willing to wait until the woods darken, you might catch a fire show as well.


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Check out their website to see if you can spot these traveling Celts in your neck of the woods this year.


Day Trips · Europe · Travel Tips

Dagje Amsterdam

Amsterdam map
Suggestions on how to spend 24 hours in Amsterdam

09:00 Centraal Station to Oud-West

In under an hour, you can walk casually from Central Station to the most fabulous brunch in Amsterdam. You can pass the Dam, enjoy lots of canal scenery, and work up a solid appetite on your entirely doable 4 kilometer stroll. (My four-year-old daughter can do it and so can you.)

10:00 Brunch at Staring at Jacob

Get here when they open at ten and you’re guaranteed a table; any later and they might be packed. This American-owned brunch bar serves what they like to call “funky classics and daring dishes”.


From the menu, we ordered Rasco (that’s fried chicken, waffles, soft scrambled eggs, maple syrup, and butter) and Fuckin Everything (that’s tons of vegetarian stuff with a fried egg on top). For the little one, a side of fried chicken, a side of waffles with syrup, and ketchup.

Besides an inventive menu and delicious food, I loved how every server who came to our table had a different accent, from Italian to British and Dutch to American. The staff were warm, friendly, and entirely accommodating.

11:00 Drinks at Cafe Lennep

While it’s lovely to catch an outside table for brunch along the canal, Staring at Jacob is on the shaded side of the street at this time of day.

Not to worry, walk to the other side of the canal and directly across from the brunch bar you’ll find Cafe Lennep, with benches literally along the water and in full sun.

Another reason to come here: they have an excellent selection of beers.

12:00 Shopping and tramming at Ten Kate Markt

Walk to the Ten Katestraat tram stop on the corner of Kinker and Ten Katestraat and, if it’s a Saturday, enjoy a typically Dutch markt with such treats as Hollands Nieuwe (fresh, raw haring), other fishes, poffertjes, and fried snacks to the tune of de hooiwagen (a street music wagon).

When you’ve had your fill of market goods, catch a tram to Nemo.

13:00 Exploring the Nemo Science Museum


Nemo–Amsterdam’s big green boat–is a favorite spot in the city for all ages.

With six levels, each dedicated to its own area of science–elementa, fenomena, technium, elementa, humania, and energtica up on the roof–this hands-on museum has something to fascinate anyone.

Nemo is a place where babies and toddlers can perform their first scientific experiments and adults can learn new and amusing things about themselves and their world. I visited once at the age of six, once around sixteen, and again at twenty-six with my own daughter in tow; each experience stood out in its own way.


17:00 An oasis in the city: Amsterdam Roest

Tired of the touristy bars in the city center? Head east along IJ (the waterfront separating Amsterdam Centraal from Amsterdam Noord) to Oostenburg and you’ll find Roest.

Inside, you can raid the coolers for drinks and snacks and simply pay at the bar. Not that you can’t order food and drinks as you would at any bar, but grabbing a bottle for yourself is certainly a cheaper and more convenient option.

When you are ready to order food, this is an excellent spot for dinner with great options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Outside, you can chill at tables and hammocks in the sand along the canal until the sun sets and you’re ready to leave or head back to the bar and check out the nights’ lineup.


22:00 Waterkant: the tropical canal experience

Whether the sun has set or not, this another place to be in Amsterdam. However, if you show up too late on the weekend, you might not get in–which exactly what happened to us on Kingsday. It is a fun spot and worth checking out though and only a 30-minute walk from Central Station.

00:00 Highschool nostalgia at De School

There are of course all sorts of bars and clubs in Amsterdam but if you’re serious about pulling an all-nighter, this may very well be the place: a high-school-turned-night-club that stays open until 6 AM on the weekend. It’s is more than just a club and live music venue, too; besides the basement and concert room, they have a fine dining restaurant, a casual cafe, art exhibits, and a gym.

Arriving before midnight at De School will save you a potentially hour-or-longer wait at Amsterdam’s most popular alternative nightclub. People line up around the block to go to school but if they don’t look the part they can just as quickly be turned away. Standards for who gets in maybe not be what you’d expect.

Fun fact: once a month, De School hosts Het Weekend and keeps its doors open from Friday night to Sunday morning. With such a wide range of facilities, they say everything you need to last that out is right there.


Good question.

I would say: enjoy a quiet walk along the canals until you find something that’s open for breakfast.

As far as what’s open at 6 am in Amsterdam, I can’t say that I know. Any suggestions?

International · Interviews · Philippines · Travel Tips

Things to Know About Couchsurfing

An Interview with my First Host


Sure, I’ve heard the word before and known such a thing existed, but it wasn’t until about a month ago that I took a serious look at it.

Although I no longer have a permanent home in the Philippines, I have been returning to the islands frequently and just last week I was there again before flying to the Netherlands.

With four days in Manila to sort out some business, run errands, and repack, I was looking into budget-friendly hotel and Airbnb options. Hoping to book a place with a reliable internet connection so I could still do my classes and online work, I was disappointed to find that nothing could guarantee that within the location and price range I was after.

On that account, I realized I might have to cancel or reschedule some of my classes and see what I could manage from some of the coffee shops in the area that I know have good connections such as Carpe Diem and Exchange Alley Coffee House.

It was then that Couchsurfing popped into my head: what if I could find a place to stay and make a friend along the way? It would certainly make the stay in Manila a little less lonely since I have, for better or for worse, cut most ties with my old life here.

I signed up on through my Facebook account and seeing a number of my friends were users gave me more faith in the idea. Browsing through a few profiles of potential hosts in Metro Manila, I quickly thought: these are my people.

The surfers I encountered were world travelers and world learners, swapping stories, exchanging languages, and sharing jamming sessions. I got in touch with both locals and foreigners staying in Manila and soon made friends with Rhylie Villoria, a Dutch-speaking Filipina with six (seven if the Amsterdammer who popped in for a visit counts them) rescue dogs and a drum kit living in the exact part of the city I needed to base of during my stay. She offered to host me and my first Couchsurf was made official.

To be honest, I didn’t put much into my profile–other than a few short lines and a link to my blog–nor did I bother making the payment to verify my identity. I simply sent our a number of messages and requests and posted a “public trip” requesting a host, which other surfers can see.

I felt blessed to have found such a wonderful person as Rhylie and after staying with her, she took some time to answer a few of my questions about the Couchsurfing community.

How did you discover Couchsurfing?

My Norwegian brother-in-law mentioned it; that was a year before I started hosting.

How long have you been surfing and how many people have you hosted?

I’ve been on Couchsurfing since March 2015 and I’ve hosted 21 people so far.

Why do you host?

When I started hosting, my intention was so I’d have a diversion or distraction because I’d just gone through a breakup. But after hosting a few people, I realized it was fun and I was learning more about other people’s country and culture so I began hosting as much. Also, it’s my way of paying it forward since I’ve Couchsurfed at some hosts’ places too. Another reason is that I’m raised to be kind to people in need, so whenever I see couch requests, I do my best to help out.

Tell me about your most memorable Couchsurfing experience.

When I was in Genk, Belgium, I got hosted by a middle-aged man whom later became my “uncle Dave”. He gave me shelter for three days during my first visit to Europe–Belgium being the first country. He toured me around and drove me wherever I wanted to go; I saw things and places not a bunch of tourists have seen around Genk. The hosting didn’t end there because whenever I come to Genk, his house remains open to me and he even let me celebrate Christmas with his family when I had no one to celebrate it with while abroad. When you Couchsurf, you can gain lifetime friends.

Do you feel safe Couchsurfing alone?

I feel safe given the circumstances that I take time to get to know my host and listen to my gut feelings. I don’t just choose a host; I talk to them for a while, read their references, and do a little background check on what’s available online. Being careful has a lot to do with feeling safe so I make sure I take precautionary measures as well, but yeah, once I’ve assured trust toward the host, I feel safe.

What should everyone know about Couchsurfing?

Couchsurfing isn’t just a free place to substitute pricey hotel rooms whenever you travel around a new place; it’s a community of people who are willing to help out yet not to have their kindness abused. It is a place where hospitality and kindness are the currencies and exchange rates are dependent on your faith in humanity. There are bad stories alongside the good ones every now and then but there will always be a huge percentage of people who keep upholding the true purpose of this community.