Couchsurfing for the armchair traveller

I am an armchair traveller as opposed to an intrepid traveller, so it is always good to get a book that enables me to see the world without having to leave my living room, or my couch…

You may have heard of It is designed to enable cheap travel and a novel way to meet new people while staying on their couch, or if you are lucky a bed.

Cover of My Couch is Your CouchGabriele Galimberti, the author of My Couch is Your Couch, is an Italian photographer who travelled the world for two years staying only with people who belonged to He has created a book with vignettes of the people he meets, the places they live, a little bit about their lives and a touching tribute to people who are willing to open up their homes and their lives to strangers.

Favourites would have to be the surfer in Alaska – yes, there are waves even if it is minus 15 degrees; the family in Malaysia that share their home with a variety of reptiles; and a couple in Kiev who are naturalists and have tree trunks for a bench and rocks for chairs – thankfully there was a normal old bed for the author. Many of the people featured would be deemed eccentric, some are political, and there are hints of tough lives but enormous optimism.

This is a book to dip into, to pore over the photos and perhaps to even consider becoming part of this community.  The only negative being there is not an entry for New Zealand!

2 thoughts on “Couchsurfing for the armchair traveller

  1. raewynwyn 12 January 2016 / 11:05 am

    Pity there were no NZ entries. I met 3 couch surfers recently at our little library. They were staying with a local cafe owner who filled me in on the Couch Surfing phenomenon. He had sent them to our library at Winton, Southland, to see our Gingerbread rendition of the main street. The couch surfers were suitably impressed. Thanks for this review… will look out for the book.

  2. keenanj 14 January 2016 / 11:11 am

    Perhaps in the next book we will feature…hoping there will be one!

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