Travel by CouchSurfing: Save a penny, restore your trust in humanity
By Erin Crowell
Most of my treasured memories of travel are recollections of sitting.
Robert Thomas Allen
When he was young, Jesse Coots heard the story about his grandparents leaving the farmhouse back porch light on every evening.
For travelers, Coots said, so they knew they had a place to stay overnight.
He recalls stories from his father about the hand-dug well and how there was always a ladle there for thirsty passersby.
Weve lost that, Coots said reflectively, now 33 and living in his grandparents 1826-built farmhouse in upstate New York. Everyones afraid nowadays.
In 2007, Coots continued his familys tradition of inviting travelers a place to stay by joining CouchSurfing.org, a worldwide community that connects nomads with their hosts.
Weve hosted quite a few people from five different countries including Germany, Russia and France
and from five or six states, he said.
Coots, along with his wife Jolene, have opened their home to complete strangers.