My Friend Theory Experience in Byron Bay: Elisabeth Ancher Elboth

“Thanks to Friend Theory we got this crazy and incredible experience – staying with a local friend and making a bunch of new ones during our stay. It was way better than any hotel, hostel or AirBnB (or car). Looking back on our two months travelling around Australia, this experience is an absolute highlight.”

We love hearing Friend Theory stories from our community, it makes us incredibly happy to see how we are helping friends all around the world connect with each and help each other on their travels. So here is a Friend Theory story written by Norwegian traveler Elizabeth about her experience using the app:

In November, my friend Anneli and I bought a car in Western Australia, planning to spend our Christmas and New Year’s roadtripping all the way to Byron Bay. But what’s the fun when everything go as planned? After a series of unfortunate events, our beloved Mitsubishi Pajero broke down. With no money to fix the car, we had to completely change our plans, and bought plane tickets leaving for Brisbane Christmas Day….

Not exactly travelling light, with our surfboards, skateboards, guitar, big bags and backpacks, we arrived in Brisbane December 25th, lumbering our way to the bus heading to Byron Bay. We had been pretty occupied with car trouble and sale the previous days, and hadn’t even thought about where to stay in Byron Bay. It always works out, doesn’t it? Well, let me tell you something – there are absolutely “No vacancies” in Byron Bay on Christmas Day.

“So, what do we do now?” said Anneli. “Should we just buy a tent and put it up somewhere in the bushes?” For a moment, we genuinely thought that was our only option. But then Friend Theory came to my mind. I realised the chances of finding a friend of a friend being able to host us on Christmas Day weren’t very high, but it was worth a shot. So I checked the app and found Nicolas, a friend of a friend living in Byron, and sent him a message.

We lucked out big time! Nicolas replied a few hours later telling me that all of his housemates were home for Christmas, so he had the whole house to himself, and we were more than welcome to stay a few nights.

We were extremely thankful, happy, and a little bit nervous as our bus pulled in, in Byron Bay. Nico rocked up with his motorbike and lead the way back to his house. And it turned out that in addition to being a really cool and likeable guy, Nico was living in this epic villa, surrounded by rainforest. After living five weeks in a car, we were just on cloud nine. We felt like we had won the lottery!

“Do you girls have any plans tomorrow?” Nico said. Anneli and I looked at each other. “Not really, but would be cool to surf!” I said. “Perfect. I’m throwing a party tomorrow and you girls should join” Nico replied. So not only did Nico help us out with accommodation on Christmas Day – he also provided us with a party and new mates. How can anybody even be that lucky?

We didn’t plan our accommodation and book a hostel. But to answer my question above; it turns out that it always works out – sometimes way better than you could ever imagine.

Thanks to Friend Theory we got this crazy and incredible experience – staying with a local friend and making a bunch of new ones on our stay. We stayed with Nico and his mate for a couple of more nights, surfing, chilling and enjoying Byron together. It was way better than any hotel, hostel or AirBnB (or car). Looking back on our two months travelling around Australia, this experience is an absolute highlight.

Last, but not least – thanks heaps Nico. We hope to return the favor in Scandinavia one day, and promise to throw a party you won’t forget!

Make sure to follow Elisabeth on her travels on her Instagram!

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