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My name's Frank. I'm from Melbourne, but moved to Cairns over 20 years ago for work, and fell in love with the region's beautiful natural environment and balmy weather, ideal for the naturist lifestyle I lead and share. I study and promote sustainability, and enjoy getting to know travellers and communing with nature.
Choose love over fear.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
For seven years and eight months, I was an enthusiastic part of the couchsurfing community, initially for friendship, but soon also to expand my mind.
Since Valentine's Day 2008, 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 and is no longer community driven (see my take on this in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSOTuZewMno). If you wish to request my couch, I encourage you to contact me through www.bewelcome.org. My profile there is https://www.bewelcome.org/members/sarongrainbow
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 (including nutrition, exercise, and massage), 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 guests' 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
Ask me about my Wulambiny Momoli life-changing experience in the Rainbow Region of New South Wales.
Teach, Learn, Share
Ubuntu and Earth Charter principles are important and I try to teach/learn/share ways of living peacefully/sustainably. Due to my length of time living in the region, I can share its secret spots and steer travellers clear of tourist traps.
What I Can Share with Hosts
As the Cairns region is so beautiful, I don't normally travel much, but when I go abroad I like to stay with former guests so we can renew the wonderful friendships we have formed!
Countries I’ve Visited
Germany, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In