Have couch? Will travel: A veteran traveler and friends talk CouchSurfing

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    Stephanie Holcombe is a "yes" woman -- and proud of it. "Yes" to exploring. "Yes" to learning. "Yes" to new experiences. Her worn passport is evidence enough. From England to Australia, Canada to Haiti, the 32-year-old nurse from Columbus has embraced a self-described gypsy lifestyle that has been transforming. Along the way, she's experienced some truly intriguing places and people, thanks, in part, to CouchSurfing -- an international hospitality network connecting travelers and potential hosts.

    The nonprofit program is more than a site, more than free lodging. It's an experiment in creating a real life global community from a virtual community. It's a conduit for knowing the larger world and some of the people we share it with, a concept that appeals to the spirit of a passionate traveler like Holcombe.
    "I really like to be open to new opportunities," she says, sipping iced tea on the wooden deck of her parents' home on a sultry Tuesday. She's been back in Columbus since January, happy to be reunited with her black Lab, Buster, who sits close by, daydreaming, tongue lolling every time Stephanie rubs his head.

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