Thursday, March 29, 2012

Couchsurfing For Families: As Awesome As It Gets

This seriously made my eyes well up.

Couchsurfing.org's latest video (view previous videos here) focuses on a rarer breed of couchsurfers: The couchsurfing families. I drowned in the abyss of mushiness after listening to the sentiments of our spiritual comrades. Today, I shall let them do the talking for me.


Watch to find out how Couchsurfing paved the way for us to see the world in a whole different prism, together as families. Also, uhm, spot our daughter throwing a tantrum on cam.


Ever couchsurfed as a family? Share us your story!


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71 comments:

Rain | Destination: Everywhere said...
March 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

you are such an inspiration, woman. <3

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Ahihi, thanks Rain :)

The Sunset Goddess said...
March 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Congrats Gay! You are indeed an inspiration for travelers, whether couchsurfers or otherwise ;) I don't think I'm brave enough yet to try couchsurfing (mainly for safety issues, especially as a female solo traveler) but this makes me want to consider putting it on my must-do list. ;0

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Hope you consider someday soon. Try surfing a female's couch first so you'd feel a bit more comfy :)

Relentless Karla said...
March 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Ang cute niyong 3! I like the picture you chose. Yung Iran/Philippines tapos Luna in the middle and the subtitle. Super touching! Keep on inspiring the world Emami's! <3

dong ho said...
March 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

we are really proud of you, sherv and little luna. i too will have my time. as promised i will try couchsurfing.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Thanks Karla! Yeah, and I'm glad they put Iran instead of Australia because that's where he's really from.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Yey Dong, really hope you do :)

Lai Marie Mirasol said...
March 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

<3 Love following you and your beautiful family around world.. And I should really try couchsurfing! =)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I'm sure you'll be a good surfer Lai! :)

saylala said...
March 30, 2012 at 4:17 PM

wow this is awesome, i was skeptical about couchsurfing at first but now i wna try it

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 30, 2012 at 4:36 PM

^^Yey! Really hope you do :)

Edmaration etc said...
March 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Ms Gay you have accomplished a lot and now you're a star! You have been an inspiration to many and I am one of them, I'm a big fan of you, I wish you knew that, haha., also your hubby and the cute little Luna who is now growing fast! I've watched how Luna (parang teleserye? hehe) has grown in a way that is unusual being a part of a nomadic family. God Bless Emami Family!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 31, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Salamat Edmar! LOL at "teleserye".

ChrisAir Seneba said...
March 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Aleah was a member too, this is a great org to socialize with other nation

Cha said...
March 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

I AM not aware that there is a couchsurfing for families! I think this is so cool! Oh your daughter is growing up fast!

Gladys | ByahengBarok.com said...
March 31, 2012 at 1:12 AM

great video! congrats! happy travelling :)

rom salvar said...
March 31, 2012 at 2:15 AM

WOW! LOOKS like FUN! why we don't have stuff like that in the Philippines? haha

athena said...
March 31, 2012 at 5:54 AM

this is so beautiful =)

gagay said...
March 31, 2012 at 5:55 AM

..very inspiring. :)

tess said...
March 31, 2012 at 6:42 AM

what a experienced with couch surfing.You've accomplished a lot.You are an inspiration to travel bloggers.

AdoboTech Digital Technology said...
March 31, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Now that's what I call traveling, Awesome.

Stefanie Laya Uy said...
March 31, 2012 at 8:36 AM

i've heard about couch surfing before but i've never seen a family do it! interesting :)

Sionee said...
March 31, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I wish I have that same courage like you and your family has! You are an inspiration! I am a BIG fan here cheering you on your future adventures! Good luck and God bless the Emamis!!!!

itin said...
March 31, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Makasali nga diyan sa couchsurfing na yan.

adventuRoj said...
March 31, 2012 at 2:02 PM

It had always amazed me to see families on the go ever since, but most of them are foreigners. That's why it's so striking to know a Filipino one, not just that, babae pa talaga. Wow! Keep in inspiring travelers like me! :)

Vonn Angelie David said...
March 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

great share.. thanks a lot

tadonggeniuskuno said...
March 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Paulit-ulit kong sasabihin na isang malaking karangalan na nakasama ko ang isang travel blogger par excellence na gaya ni Pinay Travel Junkie. Sana ay muli kitang makadaupang palad at sana sa pagkakataong yun ay makita ko na rin si Manong Sherv at Baby Luna :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 31, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Cha, yup :) Not just common.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 31, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Sionee & Roj, thanks so much!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 31, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Leon, haha! Par excellence talaga?! ;p Isa lamang akong simpleng nanay na manlalakabay!

Blanca said...
March 31, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Wow, I wish its that easy for me to leave everything behind and couchsurf with family. You and your family are amazing!

Abetoy said...
March 31, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Congrats for having a wonderful family!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...
March 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

You do inspire me - I might just try couchsurfing!

GeekyLoves said...
April 1, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Great very inspiring. :)

Ness said...
April 1, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Grate post here. Inspiring. I'm now a follower. =)

violy vallester said...
April 1, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Wow meron din palang couchsurfing for families! Interesting. I heard about couchsurfing from Aleah palang before.. Nice to know this! Thanks for sharing! And I so love your travels! ;)

lonerzone said...
April 1, 2012 at 1:24 AM

This is the first time I hear about this. So it seems like to be "exchange student" program. But this one is unique because it's the whole family. I'd love to try this one.

pink said...
April 1, 2012 at 6:46 AM

very inspiring, keep it coming!

Kathy Ngo said...
April 1, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I saw this before. Astig e no? Nakakatuwa. I doubt I'd be able to do this since FM won't even sleep in a hostel type of place haha.

But ... one can dream right?

baterya said...
April 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

great experience you got.. i am interested in this couchsurfing hahaha.. will check it more.. thanks

rc gweniful said...
April 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

is it really safe? would love to try it as i travel with my daughter always but i fear for her safety. as if hotel rooms are also safe ;)

Joana Cinco said...
April 1, 2012 at 11:19 AM

What an inspiration!

Francis Balgos | Ang Pala-lagaw said...
April 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I saw it, where Luna trowed a tantrum..
well, not really like one! hahaha!
This is a very effective way to travel and learn travel and learn the ways of the world!

The Traveler's Blog said...
April 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Sounds very interesting, you really can learn a lot by staying and traveling with other families from different nation,.

Aaron Dave Francisco said...
April 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Just finished couchsurfing in Leiden/Amsterdam. This is inspiring! :)

techie said...
April 1, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I've watched the videos, its really touching. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

That's awesome Aaron! Wasn't a member of CS yet when I went to Amsterdam years ago. Really wish I was :(

Gil Camporazo | RandomThoughts! said...
April 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

This is very interesting, couchsurfing for families. This is the first time that I've heard about this. Is this similar with adopt-a-family?

Travelentz said...
April 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

interesting one, couchsurfing for families that's a great idea, I never heard this before.You have a nice blog.

TheFrugalWanderer said...
April 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

maybe someday I'll try couchsurfing. siguro pag di na ako gaanong paranoid. lol

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

^^ Haha! I hope soon.

YANI said...
April 3, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Never heard of this before. You have a wonderful family. Nourish them like a loving mom does. Have a great journey always!

Shirgie Scf said...
April 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

to be honest, this is the first time I hear about couchsurfing. Wow, this sounds cool.

Bridal Cars Manila said...
April 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Congrats !!

markpogi said...
April 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I've heard about couchsurfing before. But a family doing it, its Awesome! ^_^

soloflightEd said...
April 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

naks, ibang level ang international beauty ng pamilyang toh! hehehe :D

ALEX|INQUISITOR said...
April 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I noticed that most family who do this are small one. I mean just the father the mother and the son or daughter...I guess if bigger family would find it difficult to do this...

ardee sean said...
April 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

haven't tried but i believe it's really great.. you are such an inspiration.. thanks for sharing this, possibility that we can share the world traveling with couchsurfing..

Elal Jane Lasola said...
April 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Awesome family is awesome. More travels and blessings to all of you especially to cutie Luna. :D *excited to see her*

ralph said...
April 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

i first encountered couchsurfing in your post... and learning a lot about it. thanks. Yahweh bless.

lalalaPatricia said...
April 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

couchsurfing is very inspirational! Lemme check this out! :)

Joanna said...
April 5, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Great to "meet you & your family", Gay!

What a great adventure you are undertaking. Watched the video clip thrice because it warmed my heart.

I can imagine my family doing this but I have to say I have lots of respect for you and your family, who are actually doing it.

My hubby's bestfriend who lives in Almere, Netherlands, have hosted a lot of couchsurfers. I was curious and I think signed up for it just to get to know it better but I must've been distracted because I did not get into it much deeper.

This video is, in my opinion, a great way to communicate positively the many benefits of couchsurfing for families!

Wishing you and your family, all the best!

Micamyx|Senyorita said...
April 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Congrats Enami Family! Mamaya may endorsement na rin ng baby products hihi <3

Kidding aside, ang cute talaga ni Baby Luna and reading your adventures as a traveling mommy and wife takes away my fear of being one in the future hehe

Reiza said...
April 8, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Gay, I want to be like you when I grow up. :) Hehe!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 9, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Hahaha! I think you're gonna be an awesome mum, Reiza :)

julai said...
April 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Hi Miss Gay, I am so happy to stumble upon your blog.:) Found your link in JourneyingJames´ blogroll. Been reading your adventures for a week now. I love how cool your family is and you inspired me to travel more. Keep traveling and keep safe. God bless.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Welcome to ze blog Julai! Thanks for following our adventures :)

julai said...
April 14, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Thanks Miss Gay and thank you for visiting my site. na starstruck ko.:) I already added you to my blogroll.:)

Dylan said...
May 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

This makes couch surfing more exciting!
First time ko to hear your voice. :)

Rhea/Wanderlust About Town said...
May 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Hi! I think I might try this sometime to put a new spin on my travel experiences. This is my first visit to your blog, and I must say it's awesome! Thanks for dropping by my blog. Wouldnt have run across yours if you hadn't. Cheers!

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