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Soraya Smith

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Overview

  • 24 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Travel Agent
  • Graduated in BSc Psychology
  • From Nottinghamshire, England
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To travel the world! Meet some cool people along the way, or to go with!

ABOUT ME

2013 was without a doubt the best year of my life, spending the whole year travelling. After visiting 19 countries over 5 continents, I can truly say the world is a wonderful place!

My excitement to see the world, experience more cultures and meet amazing new people is always ongoing. I have no plans to stop travelling any time soon, I just have to take breaks in between to save some more money! Saying that, travelling on a budget is part of the experience. It means you travel more like a local, and really learn a lot and test yourself.

I am currently living in Australia for 2 years whilst I save some more money to travel. I still try to get away within Asutralia when I can too.

Couch surfing was an amazing way to travel and really experience the way locals live in the places I have visited. It opens up lots of doors and enabled me to visit places I would never have found without the local knowledge. Couchsurfing events and meet ups are also an amazing way to meet cool people, and have been especially good in places I have been living, opposed to travelling.

I am a very chilled out, friendly, chatty person. I love to hear other peoples travel and general life stories. I am always keen to get out and about and see more places. I am very easy going, and only really need the basics in life - I am not going to complain if we go out in the rain or get muddy, or I can't do my hair.

I can't stand ignorance or prejudice. I hate to be judgmental. Give everyone a chance - you never know who might surprise you! I don't smoke or do drugs. I have nothing against people that choose to do this, just respect other peoples wishes, and not in my house please.

I love travelling, exploring new places, experiencing new cultures, trying new foods (vegetarian), being at the beach, walking, camping, doing things I haven't done before, taking photos, festivals, talking, suprising people, going on nights out, and chilling out.

PHILOSOPHY

Since being away, I have tried to live by the moto "why not", and tried to take advantage of every opportunity that has presented itself.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

When travelling, I try to stay with local hosts as much as possible. I have also used couchsurfing as a way to find people to do certain activities with whilst I have been away.

When at home I try to attend couchsurfing events when I can as a way to meet other local people and travellers.

I am hoping to host a few couchsurfers over the next couple of months now I have a new home.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have stayed with several hosts now on my travels, and it is amazing! Meeting people who know the area has given me a much more enjoyable experience and allowed me to see places I otherwise wouldn't have. It is also great to meet people with different backgrounds and to experience part of that - from local foods that they eat, to joining in with their pass times, or just learning about their life and beliefs.

I have also just met up with people for the day off couchsurfing, which is another great way to meet amazing people and see the places you're visiting.

Once I settle down after my travels, I will definitely repay this and host as much as possible!

Interests

Travel! My one main interest. I want to meet people from all over the world, learn about their culture, try the local food, and experience as many new things as I possibly can.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've hitch-hiked twice from the UK to Morocco! This was brilliant and helped raise money for charity at the same time! I would love to do more hitch-hiking.. It's definitely the way forward!

Doing a skydive over the Gower Peninsula was also pretty awsome! It was something I never thought I would dare do, but was absolutely stunning and such an adrenaline rush!

Since being away on my travels I have visited the incredible Angkor Wat, swam in the great barrier reef, hiked on the world's fastest moving ice glacier, visited some of the best beaches in the world, completed one of the world's best hikes - the routeburn track, ziplined through the rainforest, white water rafted the Zambezi river, done a gorge swing over Victoria falls, hiked up an active volcano, biked down Death Road, visited the amazing Uyuni salt flats, as well as seeing many other incredible things and visiting dozens of world heritage sites.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Botswana, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom

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