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I recently graduated from university and just embarked on a road trip I'm calling Couchsurfing Donald Trump's America. I'm only visiting red states and skipping blue states (with a few exceptions). I've never been anywhere in the Midwest or the South before so I'm very excited. After this last hoorah I'm moving to Lisbon, Portugal to get a Master's Degree; so hopefully after this journey when Europeans inevitably ask me to defend every decision the US makes I'll be able to give them a better answer!
I'll be doing a vlog of the journey which you can subscribe to at:
Or you can see pictures from the trip or past trips at:
Facebook.com/AlexanderNelson or Instagram @ThePlaneSurfer
My Past Trips:
I went on a few road trips that introduced me to couchsurfing but it wasn't until I worked for Alaska Airlines during the last half of 2013 that I really began to travel meaningfully. Flying standby on my days off I was able to see a lot of the US and Mexico in a short amount of time. In the summer of 2014 I flew to Mexico City for what was supposed to be a two month trip through Central America. 10 months later I flew home from Lima, Peru. It was the best and most meaningful 10 months of my life!
During the summer of 2016 I spent three and a half months traveling through 28 countries in Eastern and Central Europe as well as the Middle East. It was a whirlwind trip as I'm sure you can imagine.
Life is too short to be taken seriously but it's also too short to not be taken seriously.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING -
Through surfing and hosting.
COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE -
UNITED STATES: San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sequim, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Captain Cook, Honokaa
MEXICO: Tijuana, Mexico DF, Puebla, Tuxtla Gutierrez
HONDURAS: San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa
COSTA RICA: San Jose
PANAMA: Ciudad de Panama, Colon
COLOMBIA: Medellin, Barranquilla
VENEZUELA: Maracaibo, Caracas, Margarita, Valencia, Maracay, San Cristobal
ECUADOR: Guayaquil, Cuenca
CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague
PORTLAND, USA: Travelers from Japan, Germany and France
SEATTLE, USA: Travelers from the US, Spain, Belgium, Canada, China, Belarus, Germany, and Korea
Meet fun people, do fun things, eat fun food and see fun places.
University, adventure travel, podcasts, minimalism and frugality, alternative cultures and lifestyles, partying, internationalism, futurism, hiking, and wearing shorts instead of pants
Music, Movies, and Books
Shantaram, Lord of the Rings, Fahrenheit 451, Things Fall Apart, Country of the Blind, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztec, Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure, the Sex Lives of Cannibals
Reggaeton, Pitbull, and Florida Georgia Line
Fight Club, Footloose, Dazed and Confused, The Motorcycle Diaries, Lord of the Rings, Top Gun, Space Jam, and Grownups 2.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I spent 10 months backpacking solo through Latin America. It was a life changing experience.
Teach, Learn, Share
I want to learn about your life. If you're a couchsurfer you're probably a cool person!
Self improvement, economic development, international trade, social dynamics, geopolitics, how technology is transforming society, and new media/marketing.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'm always interested in accompanying you and doing things! I think I'm pretty fun to be around and enjoy talking about anything; no topic is off limits.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
United States, Venezuela