Name: Lynette Strawbridge
Wellington, New Zealand
Hosted over 100 surfers
Words of Advice: “Life isn’t always about monetary gain.”
Lynette, from Wellington, New Zealand, has hosted an astonishing number of people since she joined the community at the beginning of this year. Since January, 2016, she’s opened her home to over 140 people from about 22 countries. When describing her, Couchsurfers use words like “bubbly”, “we found our pearl”, and “most hospitable woman” – see why!
How did you hear about Couchsurfing?
L: I first found out about Couchsurfing through my son, who has been teaching in Turkey. I’ve always had an open door in my home, and when I found out about Couchsurfing thought it sounded like something I would enjoy doing. Since starting on January 7th, 2016, I have met so many wonderful people. If I can’t see the world, I will bring the world to me.
What is one of your favorite memories from Couchsurfing?
L: I want to share this photo with you. It’s taken with one of my Couchsurfers on my 60th birthday.
Why do you host on Couchsurfing?
L: I am meeting people I would never have met otherwise, and thoroughly enjoy talking to some travelers who have sold up and are traveling the world. I like the diversity of cultures and ages. Different philosophies and life ideals. I have had some coming back twice! One was my guinea pig for making Ratatouille for the first time. They signed their message in my guest book “from the guinea pigs!”
What do you do with your Couchsurfers?
L: I don’t usually do any activities with them, but quite often will have a shared meal if there is quite a group. I bought an upside down map which I have laminated. I have asked my guests if they can send me a postcard from their hometown when they get home. I display these around the map.
Sometimes I cook for them and sometimes not. I love the idea that there is no pressure and if you don’t want to have anyone stay, you can choose.
Any funny stories from your experience hosting?
L: Recently, I ended up with 3 guys called Leo staying at the same time! One from France, one from Italy, and one from Germany.
Also, my second name is Pearl, and I love the saying “The world is your Oyster.” One of my Couchsurfers from Latvia designed my own personalized poster.
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