Student remembers couch surfing trips


    Couch surfing has become a worldwide phenomenon that is dedicated to creating a network of people who can offer a couch (or bed) to travelers on their journey. Through a common sense of hospitality, couch surfing allows you to find a free place to stay or the opportunity to open your home to a fellow traveler.

    Last March, I took a last-minute road trip to Durango, Colorado with my friend, Natalie, and my brother, Peter. We decided to check out couch surfing so we could meet new people while we were there and have someone who could show us around the town.

    We found Ryan Lowe, a native Californian who was residing in Durango. Ryan had never hosted any couch surfers before and was just as excited as we were to partake in the experience.

    He made us feel more than welcome in his home and gave us information on the best places to go around Durango. Staying with someone who knew the area and could give us tips from a local’s perspective made our trip better than we ever expected.

    Ryan suggested we drive up Highway 550, which was the best part of our trip. The scenic drive took us through the San Juan National Forest and the picturesque towns of Silverton and Ouray.

    It was absolutely beautiful and the couch surfing experience is something I will never forget.