|The Couchsurfing world map!|
Part of what reminds me that there is magic in this world is meeting new, interesting and compassionate people. It can be easy to read about all the negativity in the news, to find examples of nasty people trolling online forums, or to find yourself surrounded by cynical, negative people who drain your energy and leave you with little faith in humanity. But I’ve found a lovely way to meet exciting, wonderful people, sometimes without leaving my own home – it’s called Couchsurfing.
Like many, I was cynical when I first heard the premise behind couchsurfing – a traveller in need of a place to stay crashes on your couch for the night, and in return you can stay at the houses of similarly altruistic people. There is no exchange of money involved – although some couchsurfers might bring gifts – it is an exchange based on kindness and curiosity.