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Glen Swatman

Honingham, Norfolk, England

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Overview

  • 88 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Spanish
  • 58, Other
  • Member since 2006
  • Retired
  • Educated at Grammar schools in Engla...
  • From Wakefield, England
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To get Steve well enough to resume our world travels

ABOUT ME

We have always had a love of travel more to learn about the different cultures than to be a regular tourist. Open and broad minded we have become even more tolerant as we have got older.

Steve and I started full time traveling in January 1997 and continued until Dec 2012 when he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Our travels were in motor homes for Europe, Scandinavia, America, Canada, New Zealand Australia and Africa and back packing in other countries. We fund ourselves by renting out our house in England.

We are definitely not your typical Brits - in fact I hate tea and Steve even enjoys COLD beer!

PHILOSOPHY

What goes around comes around. We treat people as we would like to be treated ourselves.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today - you may enjoy it and have time to do it again. On the other hand if you don't enjoy it you can then go on to find something you do.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

We have hosted and surfed using Couchsurfing.

We also tell many people about Couch surfing and encourage them to join if they seem the type to enjoy the experience.

I also have a blog with lots of travel tips to help travellers www.glenswatman.blogspot.com

It has always been our nature to help people in whatever way we can, meals, transport, accommodation, advice etc.

Prior to joining Couchsurfing we were always having people drop in to stay. We often made friendships with and visited other people whilst travelling but the great thing about Couchsurfing is that it opens up far more opportunities than chance meetings.

Many of our hosts have been inspired by our lifestyle and some have made life changes after our visit.

The most dramatic would have to be Kevin and Ruth from Ottawa.

Just 10 weeks after our visit they had sold their house, packed in work and moved into a motor home. We had a great time exploring Mexico together for 2 months last winter.

WARNING, MEETING US MAY SERIOUSLY AFFECT YOUR LIFE!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We have learnt so much when we have stayed in peoples homes, parked on their drive in our motorhome and had people show us their town. It's now our pleasure to be able to host people in Keighley.

Interests

Lots of travel, learning about different lifestyles and cultures, motor homes, backpacking, playing card games, computers and my husband Steve is fanatical about British football and most sport.

Music, Movies & Books

Enjoy lots of old movies, comedy and bittersweet comedies. From TV we could watch Faulty Towers many times over. Books - whatever we can get as swaps but particularly John Grisham, James Patterson, Kellerman, Wilbur Smith, Jeffrey Deaver and books about the country in which we are travelling. Loved Mama Mia as a real feel good movie.

Our variety of reading material grows every year as we exchange books with other travellers. At times in Eastern Europe Steve was even known to read a Mills & Boon novel as it was the only thing in English available!

For trip planning I study Rough Guide and Lonely Planet and almost read them like a novel from cover to cover and highight things I may go back to.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

One of the most amazing things for myself and husband Steve is simply to drop out of conventional life and adopt our simple travelling lifestyle.

Teach, Learn, Share

Having been full time travellers since January 1997 we have learnt how to live a most enjoyable life on a budget. We are always happy to share the "secret" with others.

Much of our touring has been in motorhomes so we can advise on buying and selling them in different countries and doing exchanges.

For Asia and other less developed countries we travel very light and back pack around using public transport. We can help you with information on really good web sites to help with budget travel and to save you money.

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Republic of, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Viet Nam, Zambia

Countries I've Lived In

Germany, United Kingdom

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