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  • 186 References 125 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish; learning Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovene
  • 48, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Travel Writer + TV Show Host
  • Amherst College (Religion BA) + Harvard Business School (...
  • From San Francisco, CA, USA
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About Me

I'm a travel writer who is producing and hosting a made-for-TV show about Africa. From 2013-2018 I plan to travel to all 54 African countries. In addition to making the TV show, I will write a book about the trip. It's all called "The Unseen Africa." Couchsurfing enables me to see Africa's unseen sides! To learn more, visit
Or if you're lazy, just see the 3-minute trailer:

I've written two books. My most recent book is "The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us." I spent 2008-2011 visiting all 25 Eastern European countries. Learn more about it at

Watch me deliver a TEDx Talk about "How and Why Travel Transforms You":

I was born and raised in San Francisco, California, USA. My father is French and my mom is from Chile. So I have 3 passports. And I am very confused.

You might like to see which are the 100 countries I've traveled to here:

I'm married to and usually traveling with:

Just go to for more info.
It's a lot easier than writing it all down here!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I'm on CS because I write about the culture of every country in the world. Staying in hotels limits your ability to gain insights on a culture. There's nothing like seeing families and locals interact. I love to observe the daily cultural habits.

I've discussed how I participate in CS on my webpage (

I've had about 150 CS experiences!

The couchsurfers I enjoy most are the ones where I feel like I've known the person for years. It's rare, but when it happens, it's magic!

My profile says that I've had 3 "neutral" references, but I really only had one. The other ones were old references that I got when couchsurfing didn't even have a rating system! Yes, I've been with CS for a LONG time! Unfortunately, CS automatically categories very old references as "neutral" even though they were clearly positive references. So 1 neutral vs. 150+ positive references. Translation: I'm a safe bet. :)


Reading, writing, backpacking, volleyball, and traveling (duh!)!

  • culture
  • writing
  • books
  • reading
  • tv
  • traveling
  • magic
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • volleyball
  • business
  • religion
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

I prefer non-fiction books. I read at least 1 book per month.
My favorite movie is Memento.
Like most people, I have varied musical tastes. I love Philip Glass, which drives most people crazy.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Did a roundtrip on the Continental Divide Trail! That's 9,000 km in 7 months. That's backpacking on foot from Mexico to Canada and back through the rocky mountains. I was the first person to do this. See a 4-minute video of this and lots of information about it at

Teach, Learn, Share

I've summed up all my the big life lessons I've learned in my first book! "Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America"
Learn more at

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can share the knowledge I've accumulated in 45 years:
- I've traveled to 110+ countries
- Written two books
- Graduated from Harvard Business School
- Was a Religion Major at Amherst College
- I read a lot

Knowledge is my thing, and I love to share and learn from others.

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