jetsetter (n): A person who travels to numerous places around the world to places that other people always want to go but never do.
couchsetter (n): A person who likes to fantasize about traveling to numerous places around the world that other people always want to go but never do.
I am a couchsetter. And besides kissing llamas in toy stores (see above photo), I spend a lot of time traveling vicariously, dreaming about the places I hope to one day visit.
On the wall of my bedroom, you’ll find a large world map, framed in pictures and postcards of my trip to China. On my bookshelf, you’ll find guidebooks, travel memoirs, and other various travel paraphernalia. On my computer, you’ll find a whole of host of travel websites listed under ‘favorites.’
So, why the obsession with traveling?
When I was two years old, my dad was in the army and they stationed him in Germany. We lived there for a little less than a year. Unfortunately, I don’t have many memories of my time there, but the experience stuck with me. Then when I was fifteen, I visited China for two weeks with a group from my high school, and about a year later, I visited Puerto Rico for a week with my Spanish class.
And that’s it. That’s the only traveling I’ve ever done outside of the good ol’ US of A. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to venture beyond my backyard. Those experiences helped form the person I am today and gave me the travel bug.
So for as long as I can remember, I’ve absolutely loved to travel. You might say it’s even a little problematic. Cause I’ve got the travel bug BAD. And it ain’t going anywhere.
Originally, this wasn’t a big deal. When I started college in September of 2011, I made all kinds of friends who were just as passionate about travel as I was. It was great! And then summer came. Many of those same friends went abroad, and started having some pretty amazing adventures. I was stuck at home in Kansas, and my couch travel kicked into high gear.
Oftentimes over the summer, I would log onto Facebook and on my newsfeed would be an update from my friend in Ecuador, a picture of my other friend riding an elephant in Nepal, or a picture of a sunset in Budapest taken by my friend backpacking Europe.
It. was. torturous.
And then I had an epiphany. Why not take all that energy I was expending on wishing and wanting, and turn it into something a little more tangible? There might even be a few others out there who feel the same way I do about the beauty of travel.
And thus Couchsetter was born. So that you, too, may get your daily fix of wanderlust.
Couchsetter is a place to share adventures, stories, tips, and tricks, for both jetsetters and couchsetters alike. This site is a work in progress, so contributions and feedback are always welcomed!
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