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Welcome to Sedona, Couch Surfers!
READ THIS FIRST BEFORE CONTACTING ME!
So here is the truth guys: Even though I set my hosting profile as maybe, because some truly amazing traveler could be heading through my town, I really am not hosting very often on CS at all.. I rent rooms and I depend on it for income. It's a job for me to host..BUT occasionally someone bright soul who contributes to my life comes through..that's why you see a maybe...
Although I very well might be up for a hike or to have you over for tea..
But when I do host:
I ONLY host people who have a filled out profile, and who have a number of hosting references( yes that means you have hosted others) The reason for this is that I believe that CS works best as a pay it forward system. You take the time and energy and risk to have strangers in your home and then you have credit to ask for others to do the same.
You also may catch my attention with an offer of a meal out (offering to cook in my kitchen probably isn't that attractive)a musical performance or some other notable contribution.
If you are on a epic journey walking or biking or pogo sticking your way across the country for a good cause.. then hit me up. The Climate Marchers I hosted in Taos and two men who were biking across the country to raise money for a sustainable orphanage in Nepal fall into this catagory.
Also, please note I have a preference for solo travelers and I am very unlikely to host people who are with you who do not have their own CS profile.
I'm a scenery junkie. My work and art is videography and photography.You can see my webpage here www.taragoldenvideos.strikingly.com
On instagram I am flyinggato
I love visiting the most stunning places on earth. I love nature, hiking, meeting new people and exploring new places.
I am a tour guide and my Sedona tour website is www.sedonatours.strikingly.com
I might give you a discounted rate on a tour but probably not a free one, as its what I do for a living.
you have a magic carpet
that will whiz you through the air
to maine or spain or africa
if you just tell it where
so will you let it take you
where you have never been before
or will you buy some drapes to match
and use it on your floor?
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosted, surfed, made new friends, learned important life lessons and about everything in between.
And yeah, I have had a couple less than fantastic experiences, too. That is why I am picky. If I think there is an chance of a less than great experience with you( thats why references are so important) I'll usually pass.
Quite a bit.
travel, history,storytelling , poetry, photo and video work,hiking, exploring, gorgeous places, interesting people, cats, reading, history,animals, aromatherapy, healthy food, learning and growing. I am also doing aerial imagery. My new thing is renting tents and camping gear but I am not allowed to have the link on CS.
- solo travel
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm an avid reader. I always have a book and I also very much enjoy audio books. I do not watch TV.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Kalalau by kayak, foot and dropped off in the ocean to swim in with a cardboard box. Last trip out the sherpa stole my food and I went out in winter surf on a jet ski.
I made a documentary film called Peace Walker, shot over an 1100 walk through Scotland and England.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABJFOpPny_0
One amazing thing I did with a recent Couchsurfer( Maureen Hall) who I knew only less than one day was to co-write a song about the refugees. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdiJ-8BEw5I
Teach, Learn, Share
Tips on visiting Sedona on a budget:
The cheapest hotel is the Village Lodge. The Sugarloaf and The Baby Quail are also in the low end. Sky Ranch Lodge has the best location of any of the mid range places on top of the Airport Mesa. Cheap is getting relative. Prices are rising. There are cheaper hotels in Flagstaff, but Flagstaff isnt Sedona, thats for sure.
Be advised! March and April and Oct are our busiest months and prices do rise and the town can get fully booked.
Camping in Oak Creek Canyon is both expensive and right on the road. Dry camping with no facilities is possible for up to two weeks but is about a 20 minute drive into the west canyons from town. Beautiful, though.
I am starting to hear reports of $150 hotel rooms. I get a lot of panicked requests from people who are new to CS and who have never hosted. My recommendation is to host other people in your home before you try to surf. Its going to be a lot easier to get hosted that way. Alternatively, practice writing a irresistible request.
I DO also have a small business renting tents and camping gear and adivising people where to camp free in Sedona. Couch surfing rules dont let me out up my link but if you are interested in checking it out and private message me I am allowed to provide that info.
FREE kirtan( spiritual singing) and veggie dinner next to Sedona Public Library on Fridays at 6 and Sundays at 5.( I may be there sometimes)
Wildflower Bakery is a reasonable place to eat.
Whole Foods has a salad bar. Natural Grocers is the best priced health food store in town. Chocolatree has raw vegan desserts and chocolates worth splurging for.
Picassos has gourmet ultimate pizzas that are amazing and expensive, and I also like to eat at Thai Spices.
Chiplote is open! Finally a $7 burrito in Sedona!
What I Can Share with Hosts
I try my best to be a good guest. What I can share depends on a few factors: how long I am staying, how much time I have with my host and their home and how flush my bank account currently is.
It is nice to take my host out for lunch, or make them a yummy healthy meal.
Maybe I can take some beautiful professional photos of you, your home, or your pet.
Maybe I'll bring a small gift.
Maybe I can recite a poem I wrote that will make you smile.
Just as I like guests best who want to contribute something to my home, I will try to contribute to yours.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cook Islands, Ecuador, England, France, India, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In