3 hours ago
I recently read through all of my reviews I have on my Couchsurfing profile, and was filled with heartwarming memories of openness and making new friends from all over the world. When I turned 21, I decided to drive from IL to CO and spend some time couchsurfing so I could get to know the area and meet new people. I'd never traveled by myself before, let alone stayed in the homes of strangers. That trip opened up my heart so much, that I decided to move to CO and live somewhere completely new to me. When I first moved out on my own, I moved to a new town that I'd never stepped foot in, into the first apartment I found on Craigslist. Based on my experiences with couchsurfing myself, I decided to immediately open my home up to travelers so I could simply learn more about life and make new friends and memories. The town was located on the TransAm, so naturally I met many awesome cyclists, but also beautiful people who were exploring Colorado, the US, or themselves. It really warms my heart to see where some of these people are at now, and be reminded that offering or sharing something with someone with no expectations of something in return, or even the idea of that, is a dying practice. Couchsurfing is one simple way to keep it alive. Traveling in this way adds so much meaning, insight, connection, and gratitude to one's life. I'm grateful for each experience I've had on the CS platform (even the sub-wonderful ones), and am filled with absolute joy to be immersed in it once again, right here as I type. Joy and I have been couchsurfing at a couple different places the past couple nights and it just feels so wonderful to meet new people and experience different ways of living. What experiences do you have with staying with complete strangers?
Pictured is Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' 🌺 at We Are One