Wolken (the previously referred to Brian who is venturing to Europe with me) and my buddy Adam Brown actually made it out one weekend to visit me. A good time was had by all, though we undoubtedly spent too much money in too many Washington, D.C. bars! Either way, Wolken and I have decided to fly into DC on the night of the 3rd and then fly out of DC for Dublin on the 4th. Actually, as of now, a one-way flight from Chicago to Dublin is more expensive than the Chicago – Washington – Dublin plan. It’s amazing how the airline industry works.
I was explaining my plans to the family this weekend and my sister mentioned how I’d have to take the cost of a hotel room into consideration. This would be true but A) I know a couple of people where we could hopefully stay and B) there is always the intriguing backup plan of, Couchsurfing.org.
Couchsurfing.org, a non-profit organization, presents a fascinating new way to travel throughout the US – or, the world. Members of the organization create a profile and included in this are the amenities (couches, extra bedrooms, etc.) they have for travelers. Instead of staying in a hotel for $100/night in D.C., you can research the profile of a member in D.C. who would be willing to put you up for the night.
Couchsurfing.org’s F.A.Q can explain it better than I. Check it out …