I’ve had some amazing experiences and projects that have taken me to some grand parts of the world. Quite a few things happened by luck, like my private audience with the Dalai lama, or having my first travel video go viral.
When You Learn, Teach. When You Get, Give. – Maya Angelou
Since my first trip abroad to Vietnam when I was 20, I’ve been learning everything about traveling one flight at time. Tips, tricks, hacks, mistakes. They’re all a part of it. Most I learned from experiencing, some I learned from experts and those who came before me. And some from my fellow travelers. I learned how to travel for cheap. And then cheaper. I learned how to save time planning. Or not plan at all. This is where I’m trying to do my part to give back and try to inspire a few of you to get out and plan that dream trip you’ve always wanted to do. You never stop learning. This is why I’m still in love with traveling after all these years. Everyday is a chance to encounter something new and experience something different. The world is just so big and it’s always changing. I’m doing my part to just ride this wave.
Shit happens. On the road, there’s enough going on that small things going awry can cause more damage than it should.
This is not a click-bait article. I have plenty of reasons why you SHOULD couchsurf, which you can read about (later) at Why You Should Couchsurf At Least Twice, (coming soon) but these are my legitimate thoughts on why you SHOULDN’T couchsurf based on stories from my friends and travelers I’ve met about their bad experiences.