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Ben Hicks

Knoxville, TN, USA

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Overview

  • 53 Positive References1 Negative
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 41, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Computer Tech, part time fitness tra...
  • 4 year college degree working on a M...
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To meet new people, have new adventures, and travel the world!

ABOUT ME

I am well rounded in my interests. I have a passion to help people and I get the most rewards out of life when I can make a difference. I am active in the local American Red Cross, Friends of Literacy, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and other community and non-profits.

My dad met my mom why he was on the circus. True story!

I love the great outdoors climbing trees, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, rock climbing, photography, sailing, , and more! I enjoy everything from a good play, a good book, and of course time with good friends.

I love to travel! I have been to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Columbia, US Virgin Islands, Nepal, India, and France including sailing with a French Race Team on the English Channel. I hit the road every opportunity possible. I have my bags packed and I am ready to rock and roll!

My dad was a traveling man before he met my mom he was on the circus. True story! He met my mom in the audience and left the circus. 1 year later I was born and he retired from working in a steel mill.

I love to dance! I like Argentina tango, swing, salsa, and ballroom, and of course your basic club dance. I enjoy a good magic trick and appreciate a good magician.

I enjoy helping people and I once volunteered helping disabled kids ride horses. I just sign up for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I enjoy reading books about Christianity, motivation, exercise, diet, wine, and the great outdoors.

I enjoy many things in life such as a good book, a play, the symphony, an opera, backpacking, running, swimming, caving, mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting, canoeing, badminton, bodybuilding, bouldering, caving, snow skiing, snowboarding, cycling, fencing, jogging, kayaking, running marathons, motor cross, mountain biking, mountaineering, paint ball, racquetball, tennis, rock climbing, river rafting, roller skating, rope skipping, rowing, sailing, scuba, sea kayaking, skateboarding, table tennis, basic tennis, track and field, trail running, triathlons, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water exercises, water skiing, weight training, weightlifting, white water rafting, whitewater kayaking, windsurfing, wrestling, and yoga.

I have a 5 year old nephew and a 4 year old niece who I enjoy spending time with.

Some of my current goals are:
Obtain my MBA, drive a race car, ski the Alps, hike Europe, visit Hawaii,sky dive into the ocean, ride a horse on the beach (goal for this summer), scuba The Great Barrier Reef, hike Europe, hike the AT (done sections with lots of overnight trips), try ice sailing, obtain my pilot license, attend the riding with the bulls, go to Carnival in Brazil, visit the Dead Sea and travel much as possible!

PHILOSOPHY

Ordinary people never take on new adventures. Get out of your box and make a positive difference!

There are two types of people those of words and those of action.

If you want to visit a place, stay in a hotel. If you want to experience it, find a couch

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have been verified by cs so you know that cs has verified my address.

I have hosted people in my home from the U.K., Kenya, France, The Netherlands, Germany and all over the states. I met some wonderful people why in Ecuador that made sure I was safe along my journey and they worked as my interpreter. If it was not for my couch surfing contacts why there the trip would not have been so great!

I have had someone pick me up from the airport in Katmandu, Nepal and show me the town as well as pointers on the culture differences. I lost my wallet in a taxin in Delhi, India and my cs host help me recover it. I met a cs while volunteering in Ecuador and 3 years later I was able to travel some with them in Peru and Bolivia.

I can pick someone up from the airport with at least a week notice. I travel and host and I look forward to making many new friends.

I kayak and mountain bike often and always have an extra boat and bike. If in town when we are hitting the river, lake, or trail your welcome to join us.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have had one bad experience but many, many, great experiences. My advice is to always check the feedback.

I had couch surfers become my translator while in Ecuador and made sure I was in safe places. I lost my wallet in a taxi in Delhi, India and my host help me find it and recover my wallet. I got a host last minute while my dad was in the hospital in another city. I had someone pick me up from the airport in Nepal and show me the city.

Interests

Backpacking, running, swimming, caving, mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting, canoeing, badminton, bodybuilding, boldering, caving, snow skiing, snow boarding, cycling, fencing, jogging, kayaking, running marathons, motorcross, mountain biking, mountaineering, paintball, racquetball, tennis, rock climbing, river rafting, roller skating, rope skipping, rowing, sailing, scuba, sea kayaking, white water kayaking, tour kayaking, skateboarding, table tennis, basic tennis, track and field, trail running, triathlons, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, water exercises, water skiing, weight training, weightlifting, white water rafting, whitewater kayaking, windsurfing, wrestling, yoga, volunteering, and ballroom dancing.

Music, Movies & Books

Favorite Movies:
Into The Wild, The Notebook, October Sky, Casablanca Funny Face, Last of the Mohicans, 12 Angry Men, and Rudy

Music:
I enjoy everything from classical piano, some country, old big bands, blues, jazz, 80's Music, alternative, and I love to rock!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

God has blessed me the ability to see so many things:

Hiked Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu

Visited The Largest Salt Flats in the world in Bolivia

Visited The Taj Ma Hal

Rode a general class train in India

Hike in The Himalayas and The Andes

Sailed with a French Sail Race Team off the coast of France

Paraglide over the Andes Mountains

Surfed and swam in the English Channel

Did a kayak/canoe trip deep in the Everglades got lost at night in the swamp for 2.5 hours and had a crocodile try to eat my paddle

Stood at all 4 corners of the equator in Ecuador

Skydive over the state of Georgia

Drove a race car at over 100 mph

Rode a motorcycle at 185 mph

Rock climb off the coast in France

Viewed the Grand Canyon

Swam with wild dolphins in Florida

Swam with wild manatees

Wind surfed in California

Back packed the highest point in Virginia in freezing rain, 20 mph winds, and snow!

Experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Attended the Kentucky Derby

Saw the real Jerry Lee Lewis play at an outdoor concert in Memphis, TN

Hiked a volcano

Kayaked a river in the Amazon jungle

Took a Archery class from a Olympic Gold Medalist

Lived and volunteered for one week in the jungles of South America

In Saint John went on board and below the ocean water in a sub-marine

Lost my passport why in France and got interviewed by the French Police and spoke no French

Lost my wallet in a taxi in India and found it!

Traveled across Ecuador and speaking only a few words of Spanish

Kite boarded in The Andaman Sea

Received a fish eating foot and leg massage in Cambodia

Set inside a Vietcong sniper tunnel in Vietnam

Hiked through The Chu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam

Walked through Ankor Wat ruins in Cambodia

Hang Glided over Look Out Mountain in Chattanooga

Danced with a random stranger in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Canoeing sections of The Florida Everglades in Flamingo and we had a croc jump up beside our boat why we were lost in the dark for 2 hours. We were very happy to find our camp site!

I had dinner with the doctor that was President Clintons and the first President Bush's personal doctor.

Met in person Robin Williams, Annie Nicole Smith, Cindy Crawford, and Kelly LeBrock

Teach, Learn, Share

I love to meet people from places I have never visited. It is a pleasure to learn how other cultures live and enjoy life.

Countries I've Visited

Barbados, Bolivia, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, France, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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