“Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.”

Ralph Crawshaw

Love to travel, but on a budget? Then think about couchsurfing: a wonderful travel experience that will expose you to new cultures and hopefully help you make new friends. Here is a collection a websites offering hospitality exchange and social networking services in this respect.
What is couchsurfing?
It is a neologism referring to the practice of moving from one friend’s house to another while traveling, sleeping in whatever spare space is available – floor or couch – generally staying a few days before moving on to the next house (or going home).
Why do I care?
Simple: strangely enough, my best travel experiences were not those for which all expenses were paid by a third party, including fine dining. Au contraire, nothing beats visiting a new city (too many to count), province (too many to count), state (14/22), or country (3/204) and stay with actual residents, thus learning about their culture through personal experience (talk about awesome tour guides!)

Saving some money is of course of the main perks of couchsurfing, especially for a student having to pay for her college expenses on her own; however, some things might be too good to be true more often than not. After all, don’t strangers always have the best candies?

Top 20 places at which I have couch-surfed, in no particular order:
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Campbell Hill, NY
  • NJ
  • Orlando, FL
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Seattle, WA
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Birmingham, AL
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Boulder, CO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Dallas, TX
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Paris, France
  • Tours, France
  • Orléans, France
  • Kribi, Cameroun
I need to point out that I love to travel and can hardly recall an unpleasant journey. As a matter of fact, I hope to soon share why I enjoyed visiting these places more than others.
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I am a Software Engineer passionate about technology, the arts, and making this world a better place.
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