Hope Hayes

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Photographer
  • Art History and English
  • From Prattville, Alabama
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me




I'm a photographer. I love to read, but rarely have time. I love travelling and never feel like I have a home anywhere. I get bored easily and move on to the next thing that excites me. I was born with wanderlust in my soul. I have found the perfect quote to express my feelings:
"Everything I pick up seems to lure me away. The need to travel is a mysterious force. A desire to go runs through me equally with an intense desire to stay at home. The balance just slightly tips in the direction of the airport."
--Frances Mayes


Don't think. Just jump!
I truly believe that travel is addictive!
"Living is the ultimate revenge."--Eddie Vedder
Life is what one makes of it--what do you have to lose by dreaming?

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I love to meet people. I host, surf, and will meet for drinks or coffee.


They have all been positive experiences. I have been fortunate to meet some of my best friends through couchsurfing.


I am a photographer. I love sports, great music (although I can't play) and Harleys. I would rather be on or in the water than anywhere else and I have always wanted to learn how to sail.
I adore art and learning about the creative process behind artists' thoughts and development of their work.
Otherwise, I am addicted to coffee and love my friends.

Music, Movies, and Books

Books: Anything by David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, and Mary Ward Brown; Inkheart; Pride and Prejudice; my favorite book is Middlesex.

Movies: I love movies that are filmed with beautiful imagery; Amelie, The Color Purple; Lost in Translation, Love Actually, Pride and Prejudice (all of them!); Before Sunrise, Before Sunset; Becoming Jane; Almost Famous

Music: All music!!! A Fine Frenzy, Oceanship, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Lifehouse, Gwen Stefani, All-American Rejects, Tom Petty, Elton John, Michael Buble, Guns-n-Roses, Fergie, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Eartha Kitt...the list, the styles never end!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Walked the Camino de Santiago, Skydiving, plunging from waterfalls into blue lagoons and learning to ride elephants in Laos, standing on top of the Eiffel Tower and wanting to be no place else, climbing the Great Wall of China, wandering alone through the market place in Xi'an, stepping out of Starbucks off of Broadway in NYC and hailing a cab, taking 11 college students (myself included) to Europe--many of whom had never left the U.S., watching them experience travel for the first time was amazing, drinking from the waterfalls at El Yunque in Puerto Rico, and watching as my friend ate raw, pickled herring in Amsterdam!

Teach, Learn, Share

Don't think-JUMP!

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, China, Czech Republic

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