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Overview

  • 39 References 24 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Author & Travel Leader
  • UC Berkeley
  • From CA, USA
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About Me

■ IN A NUTSHELL

I'm an author and educator who takes teenagers on trips around the world through my own travel company, and I write & speak about the power of self-directed learning.

■ A LITTLE BIT MORE

- I love intense one-on-one conversations about deep subjects.
- I'm addicted to the feeling of close embrace in partner dance.
- I'm from Northern California, but don't live any one place throughout the year.
- I'm a diehard morning person who turns into a pumpkin after 10pm.
- I genuinely believe I'm helping the world by telling kids to drop out of school.
- Put me in the mountains and I'll run for hours.

■ IN 2017 I AM...

- Spending three months in Buenos Aires with 16 young adults as part of a gap year program.
- Hiking one of the Camino de Santiago trails in Spain.
- Dedicating my summer to the mountains of California.
- Taking a group of 11 teenagers to Southeast Asia for 7 weeks.

■ WEBSITES

http://blakeboles.com — my homepage and blog
http://howtolivenowhere.com — my thoughts on nomadic living
http://unschooladventures.com — my travel & education company
https://facebook.com/blake.boles

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

To me, Couchsurfing is a big clubhouse of generous, positive, open, and globally-minded people: friends who I haven't met yet!

I appreciate that Couchsurfing makes travel more accessible to those with limited resources, and I love the pay-it-forward spirit.

Sometimes I just directly message people who seem super-interesting and try to hang out with them. Consider yourself warned.

Interests

I generally get along with people who:
hike fast.
speak sarcasm.
think ideas matter.
are always reading.
need the wilderness.
have traveled solo abroad.
don't want to settle down (ever).
are open-minded and non-dogmatic.
actually like meeting up with strangers.

If you can throw a frisbee, we will be instant best friends.

  • writing
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • trail running
  • settlers of catan
  • frisbee
  • argentine tango
  • blues dancing
  • fusion dancing

Music, Movies, and Books

Here's what I'm dancing to lately:
https://open.spotify.com/user/blakebo/playlist/7uq6yS96nRBFcRyXvF3OWu
https://open.spotify.com/user/blakebo/playlist/7iM65EBvX0CnyH0MtcfwnH

This is pretty much the best thing I've ever read:
http://www.backpacker.com/trips/the-unbearable-lightness-of-being-scott-williamson

Teach, Learn, Share

■ THINGS WE SHOULD DO TOGETHER

- Cook meals
- Hike, swim, bike, slackline—anything outside!
- Throw a frisbee forever and ever
- Take a partner dance class (e.g. blues, swing, tango)
- Seek out the *best* cappuccino or beer in the area
- Play board games / card games
- Discuss education, life goals, relationships, and business ideas
- Something *completely* unexpected

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Switzerland, Uruguay

Countries I’ve Lived In

Argentina, United States

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