Couch Surfing in Japan

Where have you been?


How old were you when you first went travelling?

My family used to go to ostblock holiday spots usually Croatia though Bulgaria was also an option. I was about 7 or so, I didn’t do any serious traveling outside of central Europe (Austria, Czech, Poland etc) until I went to London for University.

What made you decide to take the leap and go travelling?

Staying home makes your experiences very limited. Before I went to London, I couldn’t think of living anywhere else, not because of fear but because I considered my home town suitable and I didn’t ask for more. Then I just said why not and ended up in London. Strangely enough, most of my peers (1/2 I guess) went the same route and are studying in foreign countries, mostly in EU. Most of my friends are still in the UK; others are in Denmark, Germany etc. This massive exodus of high school graduates is a very strange generational thing.

How long have you been away?

Two years and counting.

How did you plan your trip?

I usually don’t plan.

Did you need any medical treatment while you were away? If so why?

No, I actually don’t have a GP in London and I have yet to register in Japan.

Where was the most interesting place you stayed?



Hostels or Hotels?

Hostels or couch-surfing.

What kind of traveller really annoys you?

Anyone loud.

What piece of travel gear would you recommend to everyone?

A map.

Did you work during your trip?

Yes. Actually most travellers I know (real travellers, backpacking through Asia etc.) find that to be the most interesting part of travelling.

How easy was it to find jobs & did you enjoy them?

They’re usually terrible and easy to get.

Is there anywhere you would recommend everyone visit?

Budapest rocks. The best bars in Europe and the city itself looks like grim post-communist Paris.

What one piece of advice would you give anyone planning to go travelling?

Watch out for local laws and customs. There are countries that are very strict about behaviour etc., including UAE and Asia.

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