Salt Lake City – Mountains, Mormons & Beer

Salt Lake City Baseball Game.35

Salt Lake City left a memorable impression on me in a few ways. First and foremost while couch surfing I attended my first ever baseball game in a stadium with a beautiful mountain backdrop. Secondly Salt Lake City is home to the Mormon religion (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and while not […]

Halifax – More Couch Surfing, More Fun Nights!

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Canada

Thu 11 – Mon 15 November 2010 Picture this situation for me and tell me it isn’t perfect; inside the Propeller micro brewery in Halifax I found myself sitting on a crate of freshly bottled beer while enjoying the latest from their range, a wheat beer, a strong IPA then a dark while chatting with […]

Halifax – New Friends & the Best Open Mic Night Ever!

Ben Caplan Open Mic Jam by Sharon Hodgson

Mon 08 – Mon 17 November 2010 When I’d asked people in Montreal what I could do in Halifax the universal answer had been to drink beer; not because Halifax is a ‘hole’ but because it has something like 5 – 7 universities located in the city – a big student population so naturally a […]

Montreal, the Cultural Melting Pot of Canada

Poutine - A Montreal Essential

03 – 07 November 2010 I was off to Montreal; from what I’d heard it was the cultural melting pot of Canada with great music, a great art scene plus fantastic food and drink. Everyone I’d talked to had spoken highly of the place; I had compiled a list of things to do, things to […]

Toronto Pt. 2 – Halloween, Friends & Food

Halloween with Dan & Calinda-2

28 October – 01 November 2010 Having had a really fun few days with Laura it was time to move on and Dan and Calina had kindly responded to my couch request. I spent the 28th in Starbucks sipping coffee and meandering the internet before heading over to Dan’s in the evening. I had a […]

Arrival in Canada (Toronto Pt. 1) – Sightseeing & Couch Surfing

Hosted by Laura

25 – 28 October 2010 On the coach to Canada I pondered what this large country was about; land of the Canadian Mounted Police, birthplace of Pamela Anderson, Keanu Reeves and Celine Dion; I wondered if there was going to be much more to Canada. I was about to find out… First I needed to […]

Washington DC – Food, Culture, People and Apple Picking

Apple Picking-10

14 – 18 October 2010 For my last three nights in Washington DC I stayed with another couch surfer. I had an amazing time with Monica, it really sealed the couch surfing deal for me – no better way to travel! Beer Garden The night that I arrived another couch surfer was also staying the […]

Couch Surfing Fort Lauderdale

Just a little truck-1

10 – 13 October 2010 Through CouchSurfing.org I’d emailed a few potential hosts in Fort Lauderdale, I was really hoping to not have to stay in a hostel again as they were all more designed for crew accommodation than travellers and had pretty poor online reviews. I did end up hostelling for one night; sure […]

Couch Surfing – Creating a Better Travelling Experience

couch surfing

What occurred next has proved pivotal to my recent travelling experience. With time to plan but a general dissatisfaction with the time I was having in hostels I remembered Jesse from Vegas and his enthusiasm for Couch Surfing. I spent time adding to my profile to try achieve an accurate and representative description of myself […]

Sick and Feeling Sorry for Myself in Vegas

Sick Again

19 September 2010 So having spent two weeks of luxury travel with Renee around the greater San Francisco area it was back to backpacking, with its hardships, surprises and highlights. But it was certainly going to be a change, in our Vegas hotel we even had fluffy white hand towels and body wash in little […]