Mark Davis

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese (Simplified), Hungarian, Khmer, Malay, Thai, Yue (Cantonese)
  • 45, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Writer and Speaker
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About Me

I write and I speak around the world, and I share what I learn with everyone I meet. Just ask anything..

For 20 years I've been travelling the world, and now back travelling with CS as well as hotels.

In the last few years, I've found the desire to connect with people around the world and CS has given that, for sure. I can help people start writing or speaking.You may find that I am really passionate about learning peoples travel stories, their relationships, their reasons for being free.

Which is why I travel, its my expression of freedom from the constraints of others idea of a normal life.Wherever you are on your journey, connect. Learn from me as I will from you.

I travel about 200,000km a year. It's a lot. My philosophy is about eating local, drinking local, staying local. Talk to the locals. Learn from them.

Use the philosophy of travelling and enjoying it, not touristing and leaving after just taking photos. I like to be in the photos, creating memories.


I think that you can do anything, you make it happen though, it doesn't just land like a welcome mat on your front door. Sometimes you hunt it down, sometimes you maximise your opportunities.

Life is waiting for you. Live it. No regrets when you look back.

Meet people, like everyone, love some, enjoy the moment and be exhausted and happy at the end of the day. Met some amazing people 5 years ago here, still in contact.

And make sure you make friends that last. Love them deeply, even when they just cross your path for a few hours or a few days. Never know when you need them around the world, or meet again and treasure the connection you built.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I hosted a lot in 2012 and 2013. Over 200 people in groups of 2,3 or 4.

I advocate for the trust of our fellow men and women around the world, and defend our right to be open and welcoming. Hospitality is a home away from home, with all that entails.

We are all equal. LGBT, Red, white, brown, black and yellow. All equal.

CS gave me and my kids a family feeling like I've never felt before.


In the last 4 years especially I've hosted a lot, and probably surfed a bit less. 2012/13 was a record with over 200 people hosted for me. And with some staying 2,3,4,12 weeks, over 1000 nights worth of accomodation shared last year alone.

Had many nations represented in those that have stayed. Chile, Spain, Italy, Sweden, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, England, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Argentina, Brazil.

I stay with people and am as generous as I can be - I have always aimed to be a good guest, bringing small gifts, cooking, sharing stories and inspiring as best I can.

I will host again when I can. Right now living in a 1BR apartment in the CBD in Brisbane. It's small and the break from travel is an oasis.


Friends, reading, training, travel, beaches, food, moving house... not sitting still. I love education, real experiences, and happy moments that I will remember forever.

I have given my kids an ongoing education in the world while I can still guide them. Then when they are off on their own, they can look back knowing they were at least a little prepared.

They are building their own profiles, after meeting people from so many countries for nearly 7 years.

I'm also pretty interested in direct open communication. When we only have one or two hours or days to meet, I want to know what makes people tick so I get in there and ask the questions to discover who they are and what makes them who they are.

And every traveller has a new perspective on life, living, freedom and independence. That inspires me.

Music, Movies, and Books

I read a bit. Write a lot. Travel and speak.

I have stuff from the 80's right through today in music and movies.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Round the world in 10 days. 4 countries. 9 training seminars I led.

Teach, Learn, Share

I give people the confidence to speak in public.

Everyone has the skills, they just need to unlock it and let it out.

For 16 years I've showed people this and trained it in over a dozen countries.

It's why I'm speaking in your country probably.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Life experience.

Reasons to travel

Why friendship is key

Love tips

Public Speaking skills.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hungary

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