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Overview

  • 84 References 54 Confirmed & Positive
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  • Fluent in English; learning Sign Language - American
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Project Manager
  • Illinois State University, B.S. in Finance and Economics
  • From Oswego, IL, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To sail the high seas and take a little life break from consulting.

ABOUT ME

I love couchsurfing and I have used it heavily on my big trips. Years ago I tried to go around the world by heading west and without the use of planes. I had to takes planes eventually but I only flew over water! I currently . I enjoy the outdoors a lot, I snowboard, hike, run, swim and anything else. I am a very outspoken guy and I guarantee I will make you laugh. I hardly ever plan anything, I try to figure it all out as I go. Thats actually how I found myself in Kazakhstan once. Im big into story telling, its a family thing. Around here we like to go out to the bars and grab drinks, go for runs, show tourists around, camp and ride motorcycles.

PHILOSOPHY

Do whatever it takes to create a good story for later.

Dont plan your travel. If you plan out a trip like everybody else, you will fly to the foreign place, stay at a hotel, go to the sites and eat at the places that only tourists go to. You will get sucked into the tourist funnel. DONT PLAN. GET LOST. GET IN TROUBLE! This is how you find adventure, this is how you make a trip memorable.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I spent 8 months couchsurfing on my around the world trip. I hosted gatherings as I went. So far I have spent of 350 nights couchsurfing in 17 different countries. When I am here in SF, I host as much as I can. My refridgerator is covered from head to toe in thank you notes surfers have left me.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Jeez, talk about experience. I had a couchsurfing streak of about 120 days straight during my big trip. Ive stayed with people of all colors and religions, young and old, fun and boring. I love couchsurfing!

Couchsurfing has also been one of the greatest things to happen to my potential career. When my university wouldn't help me, I contacted a random surfer that worked in HR. He completely overhauled my resume. CSers have given me references for great jobs and a CSer even got me the job that allowed me to move to San Francisco. I've been living here 8 years now and we just finished remodeling his house.

Interests

snowboarding, fitness, travel, hiking, renewable energy, environmentalism and the efficient markets that surrounds it, animals, pranks, hitchhiking, Sailing, motorcycles, cinema noir, and I want to get into free diving and spearfishing. Not pretty fish, just lion fish.

  • animals
  • dogs
  • fitness
  • running
  • drinking
  • flying
  • motorcycles
  • movies
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • camping
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • economics
  • religion
  • hitchhiking

Music, Movies, and Books

Rolf Potts' Vagabonding (a must read for any true traveler)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I once impersonated a medical student at a hospital in Serbia, rode a 23 year old motorcycle across the USA, ate dog, rat and horse. I was almost attacked by a rattle snack in Southern California, I hitchhiked across Europe. I chilled out with my host and all his family butt naked at a Russian banya in Kazakhstan. I snowboarded the Bavarian Alps. I used Couchsurfing to get a good job

What I Can Share with Hosts

Crazy stories.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Laos, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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