What do other people say about ConnectingFriends?
An encounter that enriches your life
"It's a warm Saturday evening in August, we are sitting on the porch with our guest Froukje. In amazement, a young man with two small children..."
Read this blog about a special meeting: 'We find this normal' (Google translate)
Why I choose for ConnectingFriends?
"Now that the children have left the house and live on their own, we're ready for a new, challenging phase in our life. Suddenly we have space in our house. We both still work every day, but despite of our busy lives, we love to meet new people. We both love to cook for others, and to have guests at our dinner table. At dinner, the most fascinating conversations arise. Everyone has a special story to share.
That's why ConnectingFriends fits us perfectly."
What are the experiences of other hospitable travelers?
"It has been five days since I returned from a special trip, with a head that was completely clean and filled with experiences of being on the road, and with real encounters with people, hospitable travelers.
I really enjoyed what the days brought me: your stories, your houses, your bed for me, and all the delicious food I've been treated to.
It was like a hot bath! I am struck by the stories. Courage, patience, resilience, vulnerability, zest for life, entrepreneurship, empathy, love, mourning, warmth, humor, I have seen it all and that has moved and strengthened me.
I want to thank you again for your hospitality and openness for me. I can face it again for a while! "
Annemiek, May 2017
"We live in the North of our country, but we both provide trainings throughout the country. By coincidence we both delivered a training in Utrecht at the same time, which we combined with a pleasant evening, a delicious dinner and a hospitable night with Gerrit and Irene in Maarssen. Ideal and very relaxing after an intensive training day, a fascinating meeting and we saved time and money. What else do you want? "
" Last weekend, we stayed with new members in Onstwedde, which is a beautiful part of the Netherlands. In the afternnon, we enjoyed a walk in the fields and then spent a pleasant, long evening at the table. It is always interesting to meet new people."
Marian and Jan, April 2017
Visiting a city, and meeting another ConnectingFriends member
"From Groningen, we visited War Horse in Carré, Amsterdam. A hospitable traveler, living in Almere, went along with us. The three of us had a great evening. We slept over at her place in Almere. Next morning, we had a cosy breakfast. A great experience!"
Karin, age 57
"Ever since my husband passed away, I'm especially looking out for meeting nice people. This platform offers my great opportunities."
Karen, age 49, Sittard
Nine visits with hospitable travelers during a bike ride
"During our bike ride through the Netherlands we stayed 9 times with members of ConnectingFriends. It is wonderful, after a long day of cycling, to get somewhere where people look forward to meeting with you. Having long dinners together. Plenty of stories."
Jan, age 63 (Read the full trip report in Dutch)
Smart combination of a social meeting and a business goal
"I deliver courses throughout the country. Sometimes the training location is so far from my hometown that I need to book a hotel, so I can be there in time in the morning. How boring is it then, to stay in a hotel on your own. Instead, I do my best to find an address of another hospitable traveler, nearby. We then both have a great evening, and the next morning I can check in with my training on time and well-rested."
Staying with a hospitable traveler at Cyprus for a week
"I have a house in the Netherlands ánd a house in Cyprus, because I worked and lived there for years. Whenever I'm in Cyprus, I love to welcome other hospitable travelers in my house. There's plenty of room for several ConnectingFriends members, and I gladly take them to see the most beautiful spots in Cyprus."
Froukje, age 57
"The contributions to the ConnectingFriends fund are in fact all earned back when you stay somewhere just once a year, but that's not the point. The best thing is the opportunities for others we create. For that reason alone you would join Connectingfriends. Most other charities where you spend your monthly 5 euros do not offer the wonderful benefits for members this platform does. "
Ben, age 47
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Become a member
Are you open to meetings, do you want to save money and contribute to the projects? Then sign up as a hospitable traveler. Use the green-blue 'Register' button at the top of this page. Do you want to know more first? Then go to 'Membership'.