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Sleeping Around: A Couch Surfing Tour of the Globe by [Thacker, Brian]
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Our couch is not in an excellent shape, however all the conventional facilities are there. I also expect decent standards of hygiene from you (i.e. no peeing on the floors).

Shashank, New Delhi, India

What sort of person offers up their couch to complete strangers? And how can said strangers be sure that the owner of that couch is not an axe-wielding psychopath? Intrigued by this fast-growing phenomenon Brian Thacker set out on a couch surfing tour of the globe to discover how and why dossing on someone's lounge room floor has become the latest, hippest way to travel.

It's time to grab your passport, strap yourself in and join Brian as he travels through the Americas, Africa, India, Iceland and places in between, sleeping on floors and couches, under drum kits and in wardrobes; hanging out with some of the strangest, most charming, entertaining or just plain crazy people you could hope --- or perhaps hope not --- to meet.

There's Mariana of Rio de Janeiro, who is, in her own words, the coolest and happiest Carioca in Rio; Sm ri from Reykjav k who fed Brian rancid shark; and not forgetting the very hospitable Bob from Chicago (who even threw in a riot just to make him feel at home) to name but a few. Then again, after a night fighting off malaria-carrying mosquitos in a sweat pit in Nairobi you may never feel like leaving home again.

Brian has no idea just where he's going to end up or what he's getting himself into, but you can bet your bottom dollar (and his) that this will be one strange, weird, wonderful, mildly terrifying and very funny adventure.

BRIAN THACKER is the author of five previous travel books and has slept on beds, couches and floors in 77 countries. Brian lives in Melbourne with his wife Natalie and daughter Jasmine where he only very rarely gets sent to sleep on the couch.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 August 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y3A17C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cooler way to travel 8 February 2015
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I loved this book. After reading it I took a trip to Mexico and couch surfed with some wonderful people. I also gave the book away to a young woman with hopeful dreams of travelling the world. Perhaps she now knows a cooler way to travel that also happens to save you a couple dollars.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Tale of Sleeping on Strangers Couches Around the World 14 July 2009
By James N Simpson - Published on
I found this book hard to put down. It is hard to explain why, nothing out of the ordinary happens, there's no big disasters happening to the narrator as he travels or anything, the book isn't a humorous tale like Danny Wallace or Dave Gorman's books nor is there a really weird excuse for travelling like trying to win a bet or something. I guess the reason you can't put this down is the narrator (author) seems like a really nice guy, someone you wouldn't mind sleeping on your own couch, and the conversational style of writing is just, really, really good. This was the first of Thacker's books I read but I have since read his previous stuff which like this book, for some reason you just can't put them down.

This book is basically about a Melbourne guy who joins up with a few websites where members offer their couch (or a spare bed or something) for strangers from around the world to sleep for free (although some do have ulterior motives for making money from the couchee). I've backpacked Europe but never couched around the world and I found it quite fascinating. I don't know that it's a cheaper option if like the author you feel uncomfortable not doing something like buying them dinner in return for their hospitality which I probably would as well. Brian Thacker stays on a number of "couches" on an around the world airline ticket journey in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. You'll learn a bit about each country he visits as well as a tip or two if you ever go there yourself. As I said a great easy to read sit back for half a day relax and read book.

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