Logo orange

Ben Allen

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Maybe Accepting Guests

87% response rate · Last login about 1 hour ago

Join Couchsurfing to see Ben's full profile. It's free!

View Full Profile

Overview

  • 76 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic, Armenian, German
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Fun Seeker/Writer
  • MA in Career-avoidance
  • From a place where growing up is overrated!
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Have fun, help, love, live, laugh

ABOUT ME

I'm originally from England, but I haven't lived there for many years.

I love meeting great people from across the world and generally having a fun time with them. And I love coffee, tea, hitchhiking, food, animals, more animals, hiking, more coffee, wine, cheese, seafood, animals, snowboarding, wine, hummus, hitchhiking, cycling, coffee, urbex, and coffee - Aaaalll that stuff... and not necessarily in any particular order.

My permanent home is Vancouver, BC, Canada. It's a pretty great place to come back to after extended times away. I love the outdoors and exploration. It's perfect for that. Over the past couple of years I've been splitting my time between Canada, Armenia, and Lebanon. I'm struggling to figure out where "home" really is these days...

I spend way too much time sleeping on peoples floors, couches, futons, roofs, balconies in tents.

I love bicycle touring. In spring 2012 my brother and I cycled the west coast of North America from Canada to Mexico. After that I lost the bike and went hitchhiking around Baja instead :)

I used to manage a bar in Beirut, Lebanon. Far too much whisky was drunk, and hummus eaten there.

The only place I've ever had a three day hangover was in Iran.

I hitchhike a lot. It's a great means of crossing countries/continents. I know the road between Yerevan and Istanbul way too well now...

I once got paid $75 and a burrito to spend a whole day riding a rollercoaster. It was worth it.

I met Victoria, my wife, through Couchsurfing whilst we were both in Armenia in 2012. She's Syrian, from Aleppo. Now we hobo around the world together. We've seen a lot during our time together, raised money and delivered aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, slept in cow fields, on roof tops, watched artillery fly through the sky above us at night, shared everything, and hosted many many amazing Couchsurfers together. Eventually, we'll go and live in Canada permanently - once the government finishes with our paperwork! One day, Insha'Allah, we'll return to Syria!

I've always have an eye on the next adventure - so generally I try to save my $$$ towards that. Buying stuff? Not usually, unless it's something that can come with me in my backpack. I'd much prefer to buy a decent coffee or some shawarma. Most of my clothes come from the second hand store. Experiencing life is more important for me!

If you ever watch a Coca Cola commercial on the TV in the Middle East/North Africa, there's a chance you may see me, dancing like a maniac.

I'm always down for some fun times with CSers. hitchhiking trip? Cool. Going for a few drinks at the local dive bar? Totally. Jumping off something into the freezing cold ocean? Sure. Hiking in the mountains, camping some place beautiful, or generally hanging out? Let's do it. Explore some abandoned, Soviet era factory? Yaaahhhh. Or we can just chill at home. That's also great.

I'm a writer and photographer by trade. I'm a regular contributor to a few media outlets, generally travel related stuff, and a few other things thrown in.

It's always great to hang out with those folks who are in the midst of journeys across the planet. It makes me look forward to my next big adventure - wherever that may be. All in all I do my best to make lots of friends and provide positive energy for everyone around :D

I love love love ancient history and culture. I fell in love with the Middle East - a place so steeped in history it's breathtaking. One day, we'll go back there to live, but for now things can wait.

PHILOSOPHY

Who the hell said a 9-to-5 job was how things had to be? Live life - you only live once!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Random adventuring, sharing stories, cooking together, just generally having great times with people doing whatever seems best at the time. When I have a place to live I host - and when I don't have a place I can be found asleep on another CSers floor quite often! Hazzah!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Great times, love to make new interesting friends, introduce others and have fun. Always positive experiences across the board!

Interests

Travel Dogs Cats Sleeping on rooftops Goats Connecting people Hitchhiking Useful/useless knowledge Taking Photos Hiking Kayaking Jumping off stuff into the sea Snowboarding Cycling Reading Writing Music Languages Video Swimming in the ocean Swimming in rivers Being spontaneous Eating cheese Eating ghormehsabzi Eating pizza Eating moutabel Eating chocolate Eating falafel Eating hummus Eating baklava Eating fesenjan Eating fruit

Music, Movies & Books

Spy Game Into The Wild Slumdog Millionaire The Kite Runner Harry Potter Janapar

Ryan Bingham Led Zepplin Rolling Stones Bob Dylan Cinematic Orchestra Gilles Peterson Alexi Murdoch Beirut Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Bon Iver The Clash Joe Strummer & The Mescalaros CCR Dan Mangan Mumford & Sons Neil Young Norah Jones Sam Roberts The Raconteurs The White Stripes Pink Floyd

Flight of the Patriot - Yadi Sharifirad The Next Moon - Andre Hue Horned Pigeon/Maquis - George Millar Band of Brothers - Stephen E Ambrose Parachute Infantry - David Webster The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho Harry Potter! Baghdad Bulletin - David Enders The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini Mood of Future Joys/Thunder & Sunshine - Al Humphreys

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I got bored one day and applied for a one-year Canadian visa. It worked out rather well - seven years later it's still home.

Going to Syria in 2014. A place I thought my chance of going to was gone, because of the war. But we made it anyway. A magical country enduring a difficult time. Damascus = amazing!

Cycling the west coast. Long distance hitchhiking.

Lebanon. Live, love, Beirut :D

----

I realise that this is totally not "One Thing"... but hey!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to talk with a British accent, snowboard, open a bottle of wine with a pen, make coffee, write, take photographs, ride a bike, go hitchhiking, or show you around whatever place in which I'm currently residing.

What I Can Share With Hosts

A love of life, cooking various meals, hitchhiking, stories from life and travels, help you deal with immigration paperwork (!), smiles, guided tours of Yerevan/Vancouver, cycling, anything really!

Countries I've Visited

Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Armenia, Canada, Lebanon, United Kingdom

Join Couchsurfing to see Ben's full profile. It's free!

View Full Profile