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Traveling around the world since 2009, taking pictures, meeting people, looking for my next challenge... while eating a lot of ice cream.
My work had been a big part of my life, but a trip to Tanzania in June 2008 really did change the way I looked at life. In 2009 I began traveling around the world (which I'm still doing).
Now, I'm location independent, and I work on my photography, writing, and businesses all while circling the globe.
I'm pretty laid back, not much of a party guy. I like hanging out with really interesting people & prefer small groups rather than large meetups.
Along the way I'd like learn to play the piano.
Do the things most people just talk about doing.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I learned about CS as I was planning my (first) round the world trip in early 2009.
Since then, I've surfed in ~10 different countries, been to countless meetups (in probably 20 countries), and traveled with a bunch of people I've met through groups.
When I get back to Canada, I host.
I've been to meetups back in Saskatoon, a bunch in New Zealand including the fantastic Tongariro Alpine Crossing meetup in Turangi Jan 2010. Meetups in Saskatoon, Christchurch, Auckland, Sydney, Hobart, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Hoi An, Siem Reap, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Cairo, Prague, Berlin, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Trollhattan, Tórshavn, Nyaungshwe, Yangon, Seattle, Wellington, Kalaw...
CS has led me to meet some amazing people, and some of my best friends.
I love hiking & trekking, especially in the mountains. Photography, film, music. Computers and other tech eat up some of my time. Always up for a new challenge.
My travel / photography website is www.dustinmain.com and I am also the co-founder of a "Technology for Travelers" website called www.toomanyadapters.com as well as the lead photographer of the creative photography collective "Lightmoves Creative."
I also lead specialty tours in Myanmar that are based around the documentary work I've been doing there since 2011.
Music, Movies, and Books
I listen to a lot of jazz, nu-jazz, downtempo, lounge music. On the pop end of things, I've got a serious soft spot for Everything But the Girl.
I enjoy a lot of indie movies & documentaries. I want them to make me think.
My favorite films are Fargo, Eyes Wide Shut and Rear Window.
I've recently been reading:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, The $100 Startup, Predictably Irrational, SuperFreakonomics, Outliers, No Logo, The Long Tail, Free: The Future of a Radical Price, & My Custom Van... and 50 Other Mind Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I hiked for 5 days and 70km in the Canadian Rocky mountains in a school girl dress for charity.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm great with technology
I'm a photographer
I run several businesses
I can (barely) juggle 3 juggling balls. Not even enough to fall back on as a circus clown though. If you're thinking of a future in Clown College, I may be able to give you a tutorial at the preschool level, or amuse you for a minute or 3.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Ice cream, stories, and help with businesses.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Canada, Germany, Myanmar, Sweden, Thailand