Gay Couchsurfing Tips and Tricks for LGBT Travelers
Couchsurfing is a global platform that allows you to stay in people’s homes for free, while offering a social experience with your host. Likewise, you can sign up as a host in your own home city and host travelers from around the world. You can even use the platform to find LGBT hosts in most cities around the world. During our round-the-world trip we stayed with at least 10 different Couchsurfing hosts in countries like Germany, Chile and Japan. It was one of the most memorable travel experiences we had and we still keep in touch with many of our past hosts. It’s free to use but for a small one-time fee, you can pay to get your profile verified which will greatly improve your chances of hosts accepting your stay requests. We recommend verifying your profile as it helps to maintain safety and trustworthiness within the platform.
Back in 2012 we published an article on Robert’s Leave Your Daily Hell blog where we shared our take on Gay CouchSurfing in Europe with tips on how to couchsurf and find hosts that are a good fit. We shared our experiences about how we stayed with gay friendly hosts during our 1-year round the world trip. Since then Couchsurfing has upgraded its platform and it’s not as straight forward to find LGBT hosts on the website. A recent follower and fellow traveler pointed this out to us but we hadn’t noticed because we don’t Couchsurf as much now after finishing our round-the-world trip. Though when we’re not whoring our guestroom out on AirBnB, we do still occasionally host travelers (mostly LGBT) in our apartment in Madrid.
Macau: Not the Las Vegas of Asia
If the lures of a Las Vegas style vacation are calling you while living or traveling in Asia, Macau is not the answer. We heard and read that Macau was considered the Las Vegas of it’s region and while casinos abound, the Las Vegas style of life does not. Where they differ…
Booking Trains in India
India has a great railway network for getting around the entire country and we were counting on it during our time there. There are two websites you can use to book your tickets online: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and ClearTrip.
Traveling from Mexico City to Antigua
Getting from Mexico City to Antigua is only a 28 hour endeavor on 3 buses. It’s about as luxurious and entertaining as it sounds. The first leg of the trip was a 22 hour bus ride from Mexico City to Tapachula, Mexico which is right by the Guatemalan border. If you’ve never heard of Tapachula, it’s because there’s nothing to talk about. It’s literally just a pit stop on everyone’s way to somewhere else.
But after a night there, we woke up early for our next 5 hour bus ride into Guatemala City. We were warned that this place would be nothing special. They were right. Granted we only spent 3 hours there. But we were anxious to get to Antigua. A quick one hour bus ride outside of Guatemala city.
Antigua is really nothing like I expected. In a good way. It’s a small city surrounded by a gorgeous terrain. It’s really a gem in the mountains. Actually, I believe most of the “mountains” we’re seeing are volcanoes. Not a fact I was pleased to hear. Especially since one or more of them is active. I don’t know much about volcanoes, but I know I don’t care for lava spewing down a mountainside.
Nonetheless, we certainly enjoyed hiking up one of them. We just couldn’t miss an opportunity like that. But most of our week here has been spent once again in spanish classes. Monday-Friday. 9am-12pm. One on one classes. Antigua is known for the many spanish schools here. So we should hopefully be learning a lot this week!
Now we are leaving Antigua today and heading to Semuc Champey on our way to Rio Dulce!
Here are some pictures from our time in Antigua.
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