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To find community in sharing the naturist lifestyle with open-minded travellers.
My name's Frank. In 1993, I moved to Cairns for work, and stayed because of its beautiful natural environment and balmy weather (much better than in my home town of Melbourne!).
Choose love over fear.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Since Valentine's Day, 2008, I was an enthusiastic part of the couchsurfing community, initially for friendship, but soon also to expand my mind.
I hosted several hundred guests, most of whom became my friends. Some guests stayed for a considerable time, allowing us to become close friends. See me in this video from one of my guests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0E1bBYLDjg&list=SPhpg6gv-UYV4QrHju7QDm4baMircaNQVB&index=20, or listen to this song one of my guests wrote and recorded for me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vct0Kahlu0I.
In 2011, after hosting so many Germans, I gained the courage to move out of my comfort zone and travel overseas for the first time in 32 years to see many of these new friends. Read about my travels here http://www.travelpod.com/members/frankap211
Since October, 2015, my opinions about couchsurfing have changed: it has become a corporation; is no longer community driven; and website changes occur without consultation, notification, or explanation. See my take on this issue here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSOTuZewMno
In my desire to connect with nature, I like bushwalking, gardening, and naturism. Environmental, planning, and social issues capture my serious attention, sometimes prompting me to write to the media. I'm also interested in local/family history, healthy/sustainable living, photography, and the Arts.
Music, Movies, and Books
I have some CDs I bought when hosting a gay radio show in the late '90s, but prefer being entertained by others' live music/singing. I appreciate art-house movies and documentaries that provoke thought, and read mainly non-fiction material related to my areas of interest.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Visiting my couchsurfing friends in Germany!
Teach, Learn, Share
Ubuntu and Earth Charter principles are important and I try to teach/learn/share ways of living peacefully/sustainably.
Lately, however, I've been let down by couchsurfers who express a desire to meet, then amend/cancel our tentative plans or simply don't get back to me. As I value reliability, I'm now reluctant to meet couchsurfers who exchange a number of messages without making a firm commitment to meet. I simply refer them to the couchwiki, which has information for travellers: http://couchwiki.org/en/Cairns
What I Can Share with Hosts
As the Cairns region is so beautiful, I don't normally travel far, and due to couchsurfing's changes I am unlikely to seek new hosts through the website, which is a shame as the organisation once held so much promise. I now write references on this blog, where there are no deadlines and I can update them at will http://frankscouchsurfingcomments.blogspot.com.au/
Countries I’ve Visited
Germany, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In