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I'm an author, educator, speaker, and constant traveler. For work, I take U.S. teenagers on trips around the world through my own little travel company. I've written three books about self-directed education, and I'm a firm believer in designing your life instead of just accepting the one you're handed.
I prefer deep one-on-one or small-group conversations over bars, clubs, and small talk. I love the feeling of close embrace in partner dance. I'm originally from Northern California, but I've lived nomadically for the past decade. I'm a diehard morning person who turns into a pumpkin after midnight. My first love is the mountains of California. I plan on backpacking, trail running, and hiking till I die.
■ MY 2017
Jan: Exploring Medellin, Colombia
Feb-Apr: Running a gap year program in Buenos Aires for 16 young adults.
May-June: Visiting friends in Europe, hiking the Camino del Norte in Spain.
July-Sept: Living in the mountains of California, working at summer camp.
Oct-Dec: Taking 11 teenagers to Southeast Asia for 7 weeks.
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 — my Facebook profile
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.
To be extremely clear, I do not use Couchsurfing as a dating site, nor should you. I've heard too many stories from female CSers who have dealt with awkward or uncomfortable situations with male CSers. An invitation to host is not a romantic date, and going out for coffee or a drink is just that: coffee or a drink. We are here to meet other interesting, open-minded, kind-hearted world travelers. If you feel a connection then by all means, pursue it as you would with a friend-of-a-friend (slowly, delicately), not a tinder date (quickly, recklessly).
I 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 enjoy meeting up with strangers
If you can throw a frisbee, we will be instant best friends.
- trail running
- settlers of catan
- argentine tango
- blues dancing
- fusion dancing
Music, Movies, and Books
Here's what I'm dancing to lately:
This is pretty much the best thing I've ever read:
Teach, Learn, Share
Things weight 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)
- Find a great cappuccino or beer
- 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, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, United States