A Dutch student has come up with a novel way of touring the world for next to no money - he's set up a Web site called Letmestayforaday.com where he asks people to put him up for a night while travelling about.
Ramon Stoppelenburg put his site up just over a week ago but has already had nearly 1000 invites and has accepted around 600 of them. A good percentage come from the US but the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and Canada also feature heavily.
Ramon plans to hitch-hike around the world, picking up the offers and writing up his journey en route. Quite why hundreds of people want to have a sweaty student stay at their house, God only knows. Also has Ramon considered the fact that more than a few of them might be very lonely people, frustrated housewives with psychotic husbands or just nutters? And how many bleedin students will follow Ramon's example and thrust themselves onto poor, unsuspecting souls?
But enough of this cynicism - it's a beautiful thing. And just what the Web is best at.
We do reckon Ramon is pushing a bit far though by asking for Web site sponsorship, a free mobile and airline flights on the back of the publicity which we among others have just given him. Bloomin scroungers, all of em. Go get yourself a proper job and be miserable and parochial like the rest of us. [I bet he's got an acoustic guitar as well. Best not mention the Reg office sofa bed - Ed] ®