Silver Sofa Surfers

Almost FREE TRAVEL for the over 50s

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Welcome to Silver Sofa Surfers.

This is NEW! You've probably heard of sofa surfing (aka couch surfing) and know that it is very popular amongst the young. Silver Sofa Surfing is designed for an older audience: those of us who are over fifty and who require a little more comfort than a battered sofa in a student abode.

A sofa bed wouldn't be out of the question, but it needs to be in good order with clean bed linen and in a room with a door that closes properly. 

There are many of us who want to travel more than we can afford, and many of us have a spare room or two because our children have departed at least as far as university. Yet, to take complete strangers into our homes is too great a risk, and to stay in the home of a stranger is risky too. With a bit of luck, Silver Sofa Surfers will solve the problem of risk for both hosts and guests. 

How is it going to work? It will be a club. No one will be able to join without being verified first. We will require documentary evidence of identity and residence, along with two referees. We will do checks on members, though we will of course do this by appointment. MEMBERSHIP IS FREE UNTIL AUGUST. Thereafter there will be an annual fee of £30 per property. No charge at all will be made for accommodation and it is expected that a simple breakfast will be provided for guests, along with a cup of tea or coffee on arrival. Every member must guarantee to provide accommodation to other club members from time to time. 

Every member will need to provide clean secure accommodation to include bedroom and use of bathroom. A sitting room with a sofa bed is fine on condition that this is for the exclusive use of the guests while they are in residence. Wardrobe space is not essential so the room of a son or daughter away at university is fine.

Each member will receive a list of accommodation by email. No personal details or addresses will be published excepting the name of the village or town and the first name of the host. Every member will be given an @silversofasurfers email address which will forward emails to the member's own email address. In short, your personal email address will never be distributed. 

When you want to go away, you can contact members of Silver Sofa Surfers directly from the list by email. 

What do I do now? Please contact me for more information:   I'm waiting to hear from you ... and very much looking forward to it. All best, Helen. 



Silver Sofa Surfers currently consists of Helen. And I'm Helen. I'm 54 and live in Wiltshire. For the past two decades I've lived with my children but they've gone off to university so now I'm living alone. Thanks to the plethora of 21st Century communications, alone does not mean lonely. As well as being able to speak to my adult offspring whenever I want to, I now have the freedom to do everything I've ever wanted to do. 

Travel is high on the priority list. And I'm surmising that there are a great many people like me out there. We have time but the piggy bank is not always as full as we'd like. This state is guaranteed to the majority of parents of adult offspring in the current era. Some of us march on our own and some of us march in pairs. I think that we should be able to march further by helping each other. My aim is to facilitate this and that's why I'm starting Silver Sofa Surfers. 

In fine weather I am more than happy to camp for a few nights but most of the year the weather in the UK is not fine. So I'd much rather stay with you. And in return I'd be delighted to welcome you into my home. My home is a small workman's cottage in rural Wiltshire. I can offer either my daughter's room or my son's room. This is their home too so the rooms contain their stuff including the residual stuffed fluff zoos of childhood. Antlers and Pellupity will be happy to have company. 

Having been a long term single parent, I've always had to support my family - and still do! As I've needed to be a full time parent, my career has been focused on designing and running home-based service businesses. So Silver Sofa Surfers will have the benefit of my thirty years of business experience. 

In addition to travelling, I love to read and write, walk and run. Off road cycling is great in the summer and I'm addicted to theatre and opera. When my children were infants I studied for an MSc in Political Philosophy at the LSE. I have yet to do a PhD but it's on the wishlist for retirement. 

Please do make contact. I'm very much looking forward to hearing from you and maybe welcoming you into my home.



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