All posts tagged: thoughts

| the beauty of couch surfing |

When I say that I use CouchSurfing [CSing] to meet new people when I travel or while living in my own city, I get mixed reactions from isn’t that really dangerous? to wickedddd. When I first heard the idea of CSing it seemed a bit odd to let a stranger into your home, possibly give them keys and trust them openly with your things. But then I realized that’s essentially what you do with moving into a shared apartment with strangers – except you live there a bit longer than a few days. I started little by little with CSing and decided to make a profile. I went to visit a friend of a friend in London and we made references for each other and so it began. She was the first one of my friends to actually use it for real while traveling through Spain, and little by little I started to become more involved and more open minded about the idea. Since then I’ve travelled through nine different countries using CSing to meet locals …

| A TIME ALONE; A REFLECTION |

“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” – Oscar Wilde This quote struck me today. It’s exactly what I sought to do during my travels at the beginning of the year, and that’s exactly what I got. I have always been an independent person, making time for my friends, family, and past boyfriends while still managing to find time for myself. However, I felt that I had never really spent time alone – away from the people I cared about – and I wanted to experience that. I found I could take care of myself at my lowest points and I could push my boundaries and put myself out there to meet new people. Some of whom have become great friends. – – – – These are just passing thoughts on the time I spent roaming around Europe. I can’t believe it’s already been nine months since I began that journey. I’m that much stronger, self-sufficient, and happier …