The cost of accommodations are so expensive in Geneva, Switzerland, so I went out on a limb and put a public trip out on Couchsurfing about a month before I was flying over there. Though I have Couchsurfed before, only in the US, it was goint to be my first time Couchsurfing in Europe and I was a little nervous, as doing anything for the first time. After a couple weeks of a public listing, I got a host. The host had over 100 positive reviews and is a fellow world traveler. He seemed cool online, and was very thorough on directions to his place and information about Geneva. My flight times were good (not too early or late), not staying very long, easy transportation from the airport, so it was a perfect opportunity for me to test it this way of travel.
It took a day or two before I fell in love with this island. But once I fell in love, I didn’t want to leave. Phu Quoc has a special place in my heart. I loved it there so much that I didn’t leave the beach for 5 days. My bungalow right on the beach with a restaurant was just perfect for me. It was a great way to end my vacation.
The first two days I was busy exploring, taking boat rides and bus rides around the island. Once I stopped and just enjoyed the scenery right in front of me, I was stuck. I didn’t walk further than 1000 feet from my homestay.
Sapa Tour, Vietnam
I was picked up in a shuttle at 6:45am. We drove around Hanoi to pick up other passengers. The streets of Hanoi seem so different at this time of day. It’s very quiet and the start of the new day begins with locals chattering and having breakfast on the streets on their little stools, store owners setting up, and the traffic starting to pick up. We arrived at a parking lot where we transferred to larger bus that was a sleeper bus. First we were greeted with a plastic bag to put our shoes in before boarding. Each person had their own little capsule to lay down in. There were about 50 spaces on two levels. All of us were just fascinated by the concept. We were all a little uncertain how this worked, but it was so awesome. It was chill and relaxing and a great way to travel. If you are tall however it might be a little bit uncomfortable. In the back they had open seats that you didn’t have to put your legs in the capsule so that would be better for the tall folks.