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Two Hitchhikers


Anna and Bogdan are married couple from Ukraine and have been traveling Asia for more than a year. They hitchhiked from their home country through Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia! Here’s their story…

From the beginning of our trip we had money only for visas. Our purpose was not to save, but to be closer to ordinary people, nature, culture and local traditions. When you have no money, people try to help. You become a guest and are like friends or relatives! Every day of the trip is an adventure. We like to visit the sights, but our first aim is to understand lifestyle, traditions and cultures of the people who live there.

We’re now in Brunei where we’re staying with our friend Sofiah, who we met via Couchsurfing


Very often people ask us if we are afraid to travel so far without money. But we believe that all the world is kind. Do the best and the world will help you.

For more than a year, many people from different countries helped us see the world. They gave us a ride when we were hitchhiking, they treated us to traditional food, they invited us to their houses, they told us about their life and culture. We are so thankful for their kindness and hospitality/

That is why now we plan to come back home and do the same for others. We want to host, to treat, to show around and to help many travelers! We feel that we should do this to back in to the world all positive energy that other people gave us in this long trip!

Anna and Bogdan, Two Hitchhikers

A Couchsurfing Wedding

A letter we received from Couchsurfer Julien.


We decided to write you this letter to tell our story that happened thanks to Couchsurfing.

My wife, Anna, lived in Russia and worked as a guide in a UNESCO biosphere preserve. One day she decided to leave for France to continue studying. In June 2012, at the end of her stay, she decided to make a trip around Europe. On her way back from Madrid Eurolines obliged her to go via Bordeaux to get to Amsterdam. French Sunday (nothing happens on Sundays in France) canceled her journey to Amsterdam.

Anna send out a few Couchrequests. I accepted to host her. We got to know one another from 19h00 to 04h00, nine hours before her departure to Amsterdam. That August, I decided to go to Russia to spend my holidays there. After two round trips from Bordeaux to Petropavlovsk in November and December 2012, we decided to get married to give a chance to this feeling of love we wanted to share.

On the 14th of February I married Anna Petrovna Panasyuk and I became the happiest man in the world! 

If one day you decide to come to this beautiful city, you know who you may contact. It would be our pleasure to welcome you. A big cheer for this project and thanks to each member who works on this website.


Julien Daubert-Panasyuk