Couchsurfing in the USA (or how to cut costs at SXSWi)

couchsurfingusaTypical. I wait six months to write my Austin, Texas, feature after visiting South By South West Interactive and then go on holiday just when it’s published. It went in the Sunday Mercury travel section on 4th October 2009 to tie in with Austin City Limits (Austin’s ‘other’ music festival).

I don’t normally like my own travel writing but I do like this one so I’m posting it up! Thanks to Midge_UK for getting hold of a print copy and to Davey Kay for hosting me.

The feature is mostly about what it’s like to Couchsurf, which involves finding a willing local host to put you up while you’re in town.

In this case it was Davey, a former truck crane operator and trainee helicopter pilot with a liking for pirates and death metal. Brilliant.

You can read the full text here: Couchsurfing USA.