Lost Roots: The Failure of For-Profit Couchsurfing

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Last month, news broke that Couchsurfing, the web’s largest travel social network, had its CEO step down, the latest in a long line of setbacks for the company. In this article, longtime Couchsurfer Nithin Coca explores how an idea with so much promise lost its foundation – its member-build base – leading to its present day downfall.

Man On a Mission: How One Guy and His Guitar Can Change the World

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“Duane is one of those rare people who exudes optimism and confidence and at the same time humility and peace. He knows who he is, and he’s so comfortable in his own skin that everyone else is in theirs as well. He lives his life by the seat of his pants, by the strings of his guitar, and out of a deep faith that everything is going to work out just fine… and it does.” Would you like to sit down at our dinner table and hear his story?

The Eight Most Annoying Travelers You’ll Meet on the Road

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Travel can improve you, but it doesn’t always: David Joshua Jennings presents a field guide to the eight most annoying types of travelers you may meet on the road.

Tales From the Road: Getting Up Close and Personal

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How do you get beneath the skin of a country? Is it possible to experience the real place behind the tourist façade? What’s the best way to engage with local people? How can a deeper relationship with a place and its people benefit you? Here are the stories of travellers who have found ways to get up close and personal with the countries they have visited and how it has changed them.
Helen Moat finds out from other travellers she has connected with.

The People You Meet While Traveling

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Buses get travelers where they need to go, and are often a cheaper alternative to trains. But bus rides are more than just transportation. On a bus trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Joelle Renstrom encountered a passenger who made her realize that bus rides, international travel, and life itself are leaps all of faith.

Picking Up a Hitchhiker

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Do you pick up hitchhikers? Jenn Miller does every chance she gets! Hop in the front seat and listen as she interviews Richard, a beautiful blend of scientist and traveler who stuck his thumb out on the road leading out of Te Anau, in New Zealand.

Re-realizing the Dream: How to “Fix” Couchsurfing

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In this follow-up to his widely shared article on the fall of Couchsurfing, veteran host and surfer Nithin Coca puts forth his plan to save Couchsurfing, through transparency, empowerment, and, most importantly, a reassertion and expansion of the ideals that spurred Couchsurfing’s initial growth.

From Maine to Spain & Everything In Between

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The beauty of traveling is that it’s different for everyone, including Alexandra Sagan Pope who ventured from Maine to Spain and back again.

Elections, Eels, Castles, and Cathedrals

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When Sara Whitestone, an ESL teacher at a university in the United States, had a chance to visit some of her students in France, she jumped at the chance. Read what happens when her students became her teachers.

Eight Reason Why Disabled Travelers Should Hit the Road

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Author Candy Harrington points out the many advantages of road trips for travelers with mobility issues.