I’ve couchsurfed a few times while travelling across South America, and hosted in Bristol, in the UK, a bit too, but am still very undecided on how I feel about it. In theory, it’s great – a way of making friends and connections around the world. In reality – my experiences have been very mixed, and it looks like many people (especially women) have had similar ones.
Bristol is a pretty great place to wander round for an afternoon, especially if the sun is out, making it a lovely and potentially very cheap little weekend break or day-trip if you know where to go. Here’s a list of some of my favourite free things to do in Bristol.
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, 2010 Although this was a trip I took nearly 5 years ago, it has stayed with me since then as the most exciting, and definitely the scariest, journey of my life. And that’s coming from someone who has willingly taken on death road in Bolivia, and the mountain passes surrounding Huaraz, Peru – I really thought we were a goner this time.
Ikom Town, Cross River State, Nigeria, 2012
Living with the family of a chief in Ikom Town, Nigeria, meant that I was lucky enough to experience life as royalty (albeit very, very minor royalty) in this amazing place.