Known probably to every backpacker in the world, Couchsurfing is a global community of members who have common goals at heart – to travel, to meet interesting people, and to spend at least a few days in a foreign city living like a local. Couchsurfing boasts an impressive number of 400,000 hosts and over four million surfers every year. Apart from being a hospitality exchange portal, Couchsurfing is also a social networking site where travelers can openly exchange their opinions and sign up for free events. Today, we have decided to take a closer look at pros and cons of using Couchsurfing while traveling. Interested what they are? Read on to find out!
Above all, Couchsurfing is a community of like-minded people. It is based on hospitality, friendship, and trust. Hosts open their doors to complete strangers only to get to know them and enjoy the time they may have together. Guests are not expected to pay any fees, however common courtesy rules are much in place. Although it is not obligatory, it is recommended to bring a bottle of wine for the host or cook a special thank-you dinner. After all, Couchsurfing may not be totally free, but it undeniably is one of the cheapest accommodation options.
We know it takes a lot of hard work to run a successful FundMyTravel campaign. When you are putting your all into your campaign it is important to have family and friends around you, supporting your efforts. Be sure to keep a positive mind, free of doubt and stress. To help you stay focused and motivated throughout your campaign here are 25 quotes that will give you a little inspiration and lead you towards achieving your goal.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Be positive, patient and persistent.
Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but it improves it’s chances. – B.J. Gupta
The harder you work, the luckier you get. – Gary Player
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell
Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.
Today’s FundMyTravel blog post is an interview with GoAbroad.com’s Win the World: Australia & New Zealand Winner, Nicole Teague.
Checkout the highlights of her amazing trip itinerary:
- All flights included via Air New Zealand, sponsored by STA Travel
- Nurse, monitor, and search for injured wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos on GoEco’s two-week wildlifevolunteering program in Port Stephens
- Travel from Sydney to Cairns with Loka’s Mick pass, stopping at adventure points along the way including surfing and rain forests
- Experience the incredible sights of the North Island of New Zealand on Stray’s Batten tour including sand boarding, a wildlife cruise, and specifically-developed Maori experience
- Enjoy a homestay of your choice in Christchurch, New Zealand through Homestay.com
Nicole is very excited about this amazing opportunity, but still needs some help with a few expenses for the trip, so she created a FundMyTravel campaign. Find out a bit more about her and her campaign by reading her interview below:
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Nicole. I won the Win the World: Australia and New Zealand competition, which I’m very excited to embark upon!
How did you hear about the Win The World Australia and New Zealand contest? What made you enter?
I’d been subscribed to GoAbroad’s email for a long time, I’m interested in traveling and I like the resources and articles they have. So, when I got an email about the contest I entered.
Today’s FundMyTravel blog post has some tips and tricks about saving money while traveling Eastern Europe.
If you’re looking to go traveling but don’t want to spend a fortune, then Eastern Europe is the place for you. It’s possible to pass through multiple countries, be swept up in local culture and explore a whole host of landscapes all for much cheaper than you might spend in a hotel for one week anywhere else. But just how should you get the most out of your money?
Hostels, Not Hotels
The first thing to do is to get rid of the idea of staying in a hotel. It may well be worth booking a hotel for your first and last night – especially if you have a flight or train to catch – but otherwise, stick with hostels. They are substantially cheaper, but this isn’t the only advantage. Part of the reason that hostels are so much cheaper than hotels are the shared rooms/dorms and this is a blessing in disguise. You’ll often find other people making similar trips around Eastern Europe on similar budgets, so it’s a great way of getting recommendations for local gems you might not have heard of. Plus, you’ll probably run into some of them in a later city – meaning you might even make some permanent friends.
Take the Cheap Route
Look into different kinds of transportation to get from place to place and take which ever is the cheapest option. There are reasonable limits to set – for instance, if you get car sick, you might want to avoid coaches even if they’re the cheapest choice – but generally, if you can find a cheaper alternative, look into it. Instead of taking planes take boats, trains take coaches, and pleasant of going on afternoon trips go in the early mornings. Cutting down the actual cost of your travel will give you more money to spend on the trip itself, and might lead to you discovering interesting towns that you otherwise might never pass through.
We at FundMyTravel love what our platform helps individuals accomplish in their lives. Some campaigners create campaigns to travel the world in order to experience new cultures and to find out more about themselves, others want to study abroad for a semester or year, and some want to volunteer abroad and help where their skills are needed. Today we are sharing with you an interview with one of our campaigner’s who’s dream is to travel to Orlando, Florida in order to help learn more about and bring more awareness to the disorder called ITP.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Katie Meloy, I am 21 years old and from a small city in England called York. I’m your average day to day person: I like socialising with my friends and family, eating out and traveling. The only difference is, I have a blood disorder called ITP.
2. What is ITP?
ITP stands for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (try saying that out loud three times). It is a rare, auto-immune and blood disorder. Basically, my body for unknown reasons does not have enough platelets (clotting agents) to clot my blood. I bruise easily and bleed spontaneously and excessively when I cut myself. There are different types of ITP, acute and chronic. Acute ITP normally resolves itself without treatment however, Chronic ITP is more troublesome. There is no cure for ITP, only treatments that can lead to remissions, such as steroids, chemotherapy and other immune suppressant drugs.