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Couchsurfing Animals

Couchsurfing Animals

This is a guest post by Maria Climent, a 26-year-old Catalan lady. After studying translation, she decided her life was odd enough to become a humor scriptwriter and by default, a blogger. This is how she’s now a mother of no-one and a better person. She also cooks her meals.

There are certain people who just (how can I say this without offending anyone?) are special. They don’t like the same things as everybody else, they don’t fear as much as the next person and they just can’t stand monotony. Not to mention that their curiosity is as big as an ocean (or two). Yeah, I’m talking about people I like to refer to as “CouchSurfing animals”.

Are you one of these CouchSurfing animals? Well, let’s find out! Are you willing to…

  • Jump from a stranger’s house to another so that you can sleep there? And not necessarily on the couch, but possibly on the floor instead?
  • Totally trust someone you don’t know at all?
  • Host complete strangers at your house?
  • Accept that you may be annoying somebody else at their own place?
  • Or be able to hide your feelings if your CouchSurfing guest is indeed annoying you?

If you don’t think you can stand this, you’d be better off renting one of the apartments in Barcelona or Paris or New York or wherever when you need a vacation. You can even walk naked around the house if you wish! But, if something inside you tells you that you could take all of this, keep on reading and you’ll discover that CouchSurfing also means…

  • Meeting non-conventional people from whom you can expect nothing but amazing stories.
  • Letting someone give you advice and information about the destination you’re visiting, introduce you to new people, and take you to fancy local bars and restaurants that you wouldn’t have found on your own.
  • Being part of a huge community of travellers who may not have the most money but smile quite a lot.
  • Having thousands of awesome adventures to tell your life-long friends when you come back to your hometown.
  • Finding out the altruist part of you.
  • Becoming more tolerant.
  • Increasing your capability to adapt to situations.
  • Appreciating others’ kindness more than you did before.
  • Realising that CouchSurfing is not just a community of young people and that anyone can be a part of it. This is proven by the fact that there are more than 400 people between 80 and 89 within the CouchSurfing community.

So, now you are ready to assess whether you prefer the calm and safety of the Barcelona apartments or wherever, or if you feel like joining this social experience which will let you travel all around the world and meet a whole lot of new people.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. For more information about CouchSurfing, please visit http://www.couchsurfing.org/.

3 Comments

  1. Posted June 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I dunno about “animal”, but I’ve surely hosted and couchsurfed aplenty. What amazes me though is… why on earth there’s uh, no link to couchsurfing.com in your article!?

    I mean… not one but two links to apartmentsramblas.com (and yes, I know it’s a “sponsored post” and all), but the entire article seems to be lauding couchsurfing (as well it should), but why no link to the couchsurfing site?

  2. Posted June 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    I have never tried SouchSurfing so far, but I definitely like try it. Sounds like the perfect way to meet some interesting people and get to know the local way of living.

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