Hospitality in America

After Culturesdiscovering that the youth hostel in Bratislava was closed for the summer, my friend and I had run out of affordable places to sleep. Just then, a stranger came by and offered us a place in her home. I still remember the fear I felt when my friend responded with an eager, “Yes!” 

To my surprise, we survived the night. Since then, I’ve learned to listen to my intuition and have met and stayed with incredible people in Egypt, India, Vietnam, Morocco, Ireland, Japan and countless other places. From all of these experiences, I’ve taken with me one invaluable lesson: this world is filled with beautiful, loving people.signature

What, Why and How

Making Human Connections

I love meeting people. While I could have booked accommodation in hotels as I made my way across America, that’s just so impersonal. Instead, I wanted to get to know as many locals as possible. And, indeed, I did! Hundreds of those who were near my travel route signed up to host me during the 177 days I spent walking from the Pacific to the Atlantic. 

Past Hosts—Thank You!
The warmth with which I was received on my journey left me speechless. As a small display of my gratitude, here’s a list honoring all those who opened up their homes and their businesses to me along the way. Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart!

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  • 10/10/15 – 10/13/15 – The Time Hotel; New York City, NY
  • 10/9/15 – The Hampton Inn & Suites; Harrison, NJ
  • 10/8/15 – Paul; North Plainfield, NJ
  • 10/7/15 – Gareth; East Amwell Township, NJ
  • 10/6/15 – The Doylestown Inn; Doylestown, PA
  • 10/5/15 – Brenda & Rob; King of Prussia, PA
  • 10/4/15 – J. Giuseppe; West Chester, PA
  • 10/3/15 – M. Gardner; Lincoln University, PA
  • 10/2/15 – Rick & Evelyn; Cowingo, MD
  • 10/1/15 – Patrick, Dawn & Stelle; Baltimore, MD
  • 9/30/15 – Carlos, JA & Elmer Garcia/Holiday Inn Express & Suites; Jessup, MD
  • 9/24/15 – 9/30/15 – Harry & Maggie; Washington, D.C.
  • 9/23/15 – Rachel; Fairfax, VA
  • 9/22/15 – Laura & Rob; Catlett, Nokesville, VA
  • 9/21/15 – Rex & Kathi; Culpeper, Elkwood, VA
  • 9/20/15 – T. & M. Durham; Madison, VA
  • 9/19/15 – P. Whorley; Rio, Proffit, Charlottesville, VA
  • 9/18/15 – S. Stanley/Holiday Inn; Afton, VA
  • 9/16/15 – T. Campbell/Best Western; East Lexington, VA
  • 9/14/15 & 9/15/15 – M. Echols & B.; Roanoke, VA
  • 9/10/15 – 9/13/15 – R. G. & T.; Christiansburg, VA
  • 9/9/15 – B. & S. Angles; Rural Retreat, VA
  • 9/8/15 – D. & D. Olinger; Seven Mile Ford, McMullin, VA
  • 9/7/15 – L. Porter; Abingdon, VA
  • 9/6/15 – M. & A. Baker; Walnut Hill, TN
  • 9/4/15 – 9/5/15 – E. Dirube; Mt. Carmel, TN
  • 9/3/15 – Comfort Inn & Suites; Rogersville, TN
  • 9/2/15 – P. Greenlee; Tate Springs, TN
  • 9/1/15 – A. Shurtliff; Blaine, TN
  • 8/31/15 – E. & A. Huff; Powell, Knoxville, TN
  • 8/30/15 – Cleta ; Oliver Springs, TN
  • 8/29/15 – Lisa & Bubba; Lancing, TN
  • 8/28/15 – D. & C. Holpp; Clarkrange, TN
  • 8/27/15 – Diana & Derek ; Monterey, TN
  • 8/26/15 – J. & C. Dempsay; Baxter, TN
  • 8/25/15 – Mike & Melisa ; Carthage, TN
  • 8/24/15 – Ruth W.; Lebanon, TN
  • 8/21/15 – 8/23/15 – Tara S.; Nashville, Madison, TN
  • 8/20/15 – Melissa & Keith; Pleasant View, TN
  • 8/19/15 – Dawn & Bruce; Clarksville, TN
  • 8/18/15 – Anna & Rochan; Big Rock, TN
  • 8/16/15 – S. Dluzniewski; Cottage Grove, Puryear, TN
  • 8/15/15 – S. Dluzniewski; Fulton, Dukedom, KY
  • 8/14/15 – B. & K. Lowery; Hickman, KY
  • 8/13/15 – DJ & Tammy; Kewanee, MO
  • 8/12/15 – M. & L. McGowen; Bernie, Parma, Como, MO
  • 8/11/15 – Jasah & Colby; Broseley, MO
  • 8/9/15 – 8/10/15 – D. Hughes & A. & J. Henson; Fairdealing, MO
  • 8/8/15 – J. Roberts; Fourche Lake, MO
  • 8/7/15 – F. & D. Komm; Myrtle, MO
  • 8/6/15 – F. & D. Komm; Mammoth Spring, AR
  • 8/5/15 – Heath; Viola, AR
  • 8/4/15 – D. Walton & C. Fightmaster; Mountain Home, AR
  • 8/3/15 – Ryan; Summit, AR
  • 7/30/15 – 8/3/15 – K. R.; South Lead Hill, AR
  • 7/29/15Hampton Inn; Harrison, AR
  • 7/28/15 – Chip & Tony; Dry Fork, AR
  • 7/27/15 – Anonymous; Alabam, AR
  • 7/25/15 & 7/26/15 – Stacy; Fayetteville, AR
  • 7/22/15 & 7/23/15 – M. Harris/Holiday Inn Express & Suites; Tahlequah, OK
  • 7/21/15 – M. Apple; Muskogee, OK
  • 7/20/15 – E. Miller; Council Hill, OK
  • 7/17/15 – 7/19/15 – A. Culver; Henryetta, OK
  • 7/16/15 – K. Yahola; Okemah, OK
  • 7/15/15 – H. Capron; Prague, OK
  • 7/11/15 – 7/14/15 – K. Ray; Chandler, OK 
  • 7/9/15 & 7/10/15 – P. & D. Johnson; Luther, OK
  • 7/7/15 & 7/8/15 – M. & B. Jones; Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/6/15 – Dave & Sheri; El Reno, OK
  • 7/5/15 – Bullit & Holly F.; Hinton, OK
  • 7/4/15 – Vanessa Valli & Bobby; Weatherford, OK
  • 7/3/15 – Denise De Hart D.; Arapaho, OK
  • 7/2/15 – Franny & Steve L.; Lone Wolf, OK
  • 6/30/15 & 7/1/15 – The Rives Family; Wheeler, TX
  • 6/29/15 – Cole, Pam & Chris Newson; Mobeetie, TX
  • 6/27/15 & 6/28/15 – C. Swindle; Pampa, TX
  • 6/26/15 – B. Bandy; Panhandle, TX
  • 6/25/15 – C. Godwin-Smith; Amarillo, TX
  • 6/21/15 – 6/24/15 – D. Urschel-Miller; Canyon, TX
  • 6/18/15 & 6/19/15 – Jeff & Rachel S.; Clovis, NM
  • 6/9/15 – Leota H. & Robert H.; Edgewood, NM
  • 6/8/15 – Steve S.; Albuquerque, NM
  • 6/7/15 – Susan E.; Albuquerque, NM
  • 6/6/15 – Deann & Preston; Albuquerque, NM
  • 6/3/15 – Beau & Jory; Bluewater, NM
  • 5/31/15 – J. & L. De Wolff; Gallup, NM
  • 5/28/15 – 5/30/15 – Mechelle Flowers & Family; Ft. Defiance, AZ
  • 4/2/15 & 4/3/15 – A. Cortez; Coconino National Forest, AZ
  • 4/1/15 – J. Nickel; Flagstaff, AZ
  • 3/30/15 – D. & L. Sloper; Williams, AZ
  • 3/27/15 & 3/28/15Stagecoach 66 Motel; Seligman, AZ
  • 3/24/15 & 3/25/15 – Michael B. & Aunikah D.; Kingman, AZ
  • 3/21/15 – Rob A.; Bullhead City, NV
  • 3/17/15 – 3/20/15 – F. & R.; Las Vegas, NV
  • 3/16/15Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association; Goffs, CA
  • 3/11/15 – M. & P.; Newberry Springs, CA
  • 3/8/15 & 3/9/15 – Chris; Apple Valley, CA
  • 3/7/15 – B. Longshore; Hesperia, CA
  • 3/5/15 & 3/6/15 – G. Duran; Fontana, CA
  • 3/4/15 – J. Aguilar; Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • 3/3/15 – R. Wolff; Claremont, CA
  • 2/28/15 & 3/1/15 – J. & M. Vasquez; Los Angeles, CA