I tried making my own toothpaste tonight. Here’s three good reasons why I did it.
It’s officially winter in Melbourne, which means wool socks and a jacket and a tuque. Six of us pile into the van. We wrestle with the stubborn reverse and fiddle with the radio, and then we’re driving through the crisp sunshine across town, Glitch Mob carrying us as we wind around construction detours.
For those who haven’t heard of it, Couchsurfing is an online community of travellers who open their doors (and couches) to travellers in their cities. It beats the ever-rising costs of hotels and hostels (even backpackers’ seem to have exorbitant costs these days), and it gives you the chance to live with locals. The website allows you to get in touch with couchsurfers and hosts that suit your interests and lifestyle, giving you a chance to make lifelong friends. It also has myriad events (from rock climbing to pub crawling) in whichever city you visit, where couchsurfers and hosts alike get to meet each other.
I haven’t actually couchsurfed that much myself, but my roommates and I are all hosts, and one of our rooms contains 4 bunk beds and a pull-out couch for our surfers. We usually have 2 – 8 couchsurfers staying with us at a time. We all have many positive references, and between us, we receive many more requests than we can accept. I’d imagine it’s the same for most couchsurfing hosts. So here’s how to write a good request and make the most of your couchsurfing experience!