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Overview

  • 421 References 336 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German
  • 59, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Semi-retired, mature-age student
  • University post-graduate (MEdSt)
  • From Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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About Me

ABOUT ME

My name's Frank. In 1993, I moved from Melbourne to Queensland for sunshine, and ended up getting a job in Cairns with its beautiful natural environment and balmy weather, ideal for the naturist (clothes-free) lifestyle I lead!

CURRENT MISSION

To share the naturist lifestyle with open-minded travellers who genuinely seek personal growth through new experiences - and to learn from them, too!

PHILOSOPHY

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 companionship, 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; it is no longer community driven; trust, rather than expected, has to be "earned" through an increasingly multi-layered verification process (more akin to paid hospitality exchange sites); prior communication is supposed to be only through couchsurfing (what happens if one doesn't have internet access during his/her travels?); and website changes occur without consultation, notification, or explanation (e.g., just one of many changes is that "neutral" references are lumped together with "negative" and "would not stay again").

As a result of couchsurfing's changes, I'm unable to locate on the website former guests who don't leave a reference (although I've left one for them). I never ask guests to leave a reference as I believe it should be their decision. However, after hosting guests, I now get a couchsurfing message saying I have 14 days to leave a reference and asking if I would host them again. For me, the point of couchsurfing is the quality of the experience, not whether or not one would host the guest again. The two are not necessarily related: one may have a very positive experience with a guest, but choose not to host again because, for example, s/he wants to have different, new experiences with other guests. In my case, I now realise the need to ensure I don't become too attached to guests at the expense of developing local friendship networks, and it is for this reason that I prefer to host for two days only, regardless of the quality of the experience (there are exceptions, of course).

Interests

In my desire to connect with nature, I like bush walking, 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 healthy/sustainable living, entertainment (e.g., movies and theatre), Melbourne radio/TV history, local/family history, architecture, culture, writing, and acting.

  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • architecture
  • design
  • acting
  • education
  • environment
  • movies
  • hiking
  • history
  • tourism
  • massage
  • naturism
  • sustainability
  • theatre
  • urban planning

Music, Movies, and Books

I have some CDs I bought when hosting a gay radio show in the '90s, and some vinyl records from my youth, 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

Always keen to learn more about living peacefully and sustainably.

I can teach/share information about the region and, weather and time permitting, take travellers to beautiful places around Cairns including south to Mission Beach, west to the Tablelands, and north to the Daintree rainforest.

Although not a qualified masseur, I enjoy giving and receiving massage.

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. I now write impressions on my blog, where there are no deadlines and I can post updates whenever I choose. http://frankscouchsurfingcomments.blogspot.com.au/

Countries I’ve Visited

Germany, New Caledonia, Singapore, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia

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