Gavin McDonald

San Francisco, CA, United States

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  • Illinois State University, B.S. in Finance and Economics
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About Me


To be a badass host.


I love couchsurfing and I have used it heavily on my big trips. A couple years ago I tried to go around the world by heading west and without the use of planes. I had to takes planes eventually though. I only flew over water!I currently work in the online eduction field. Its not very interesting.In college I majored in finance and economics and I mentored under-privileged 4th graders. 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, got for runs, show tourists around, camp and ride motorcycles.


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

Dont plan your travel. If you plan out a trip like everbody 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


I spent 8 months couchsurfing on my around the world trip. I surf, go to the gatherings and soon I will be a host again. Until then I can just offer my knowledge to others. I tell everybody about CS. I had a friend that moved to a new town and was sad because she didnt know anybody. I jumped on the computer and alerted the local CSers. She had friends by the weekend. I really hope there is a CS flag soon. I want to wave it proudly! I might get a CS tatoo soon.


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

Couchsurfing has also been one of the greatest things to happen to my potential career. When my university wouldnt 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 I'm moving to California for.


snowboarding, fitness, travel, hiking, renewable energy, environmentalism and the efficient markets that surrounds it, animals, pranks, hitchhiking, Sailing, motorcycles, cinema noir, motorcycles.

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 shilled 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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