10,000 miles journey begins with the first step.
if you are fear to begin with the host networks. Trust me! You are not alone! Well I have to confess that I was afraid to use host network to travel. I have heard about it from a couple who were waiting in the same queue as me when I was applying for a working holiday visa to Australia.
After a while I applied it and got accepted from the host in Byron bay , Australia. But the fear of uncertainty kept me away from her. I changed my plan and canceled that trip to stay in my comfort zone , working and saving money. Then I could travel when I have enough money.
I was panic and paranoid when I heard Ann , my host in Fox glacier , talked to police. Damn it! It must be about our working in exchange of food and accommodation. They must come to catch us as we hold travel visa.
That day I tried to keep myself as a low profile , stayed just in my room and locked myself from the outsider. Why don’t they do this to Western tourists who did the same as we did. The world is not fair for the third world traveler , I thought.
Ann told Wesley(Another helper who travel like me) and his friend to get a called from the police.
Shit!!!…They must come for us.
It was an advertising sign on a bus stop in Sydney that inspired me to have an unforgettable trip to White Haven beach, and the most important part was that it was there that I traveled by host network for the first time.
After I saw Hamilton Island on that poster, my heart kept on asking me, when and how can I make this trip? Later on I found out that Hamilton island was not as good as I expected , just because you could flew to the airport on that island. So it is a hub to explore the stunning Whitsunday islands group.
My adrenaline was rushing again but this time it wasn’t about activities like Skydiving or Bungee Jumping! In fact it was quite the opposite; we had to stay still and be quiet for as long as we could. It was the time to watch one of the world’s rarest birds, the Yellow-eyed Penguin!!!
When you register a new account on www.couchsurfing.org, you will notice this acknowledgement “couch surfing is not a dating site”. This was added in April 2011. Hmmmm…I wonder why they emphasize this… Let’s find out!!!