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Justin Bourke

Medford, OR, USA

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Overview

  • 6 Positive References
  • No languages listed
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • News reporter
  • Master's Degree
  • From Boston, MA, USA
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

I'm a Bostonian incognito (meaning I don't have any accent), huge beer snob, adrenaline junky (skiing mostly), and Reddit geek. I'm the kind of person who doesn't care where he is or what he's doing as long as it's with the right people. I moved out to Oregon about 2 years ago for a local news job. I love this place.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

I admittedly use CS pretty sporadically. The news business gives you very little time to travel and almost no money with which to do it. Sadly, the lack of free time and ridiculous hours also make it tough to be a good host (but it isn't impossible to pull it off).

That said, I DO intend to stay places. I've never had a bad experience with a couchsurfer, and I find it makes any place better. I'm a gracious guest and genuinely enjoy people's recommendations of places to go.

As far as experience, I've only hosted once so far -- a small group from France working on a documentary. But when I first got to Oregon, CS absolutely saved me. I didn't have an apartment lined up or know anybody, so the couchsurfer I stayed with ended up becoming my first friend in the area. Before that I had stayed here and there on a few trips over the years.

Interests

Skiing, good food, micro-brews, healthy living, hiking, music, cooking, and tennis.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Hip-hop (Blackalicious, The Roots, Jurassic 5, Aesop Rock); Jazz & Soul (Miles Davis, Coltrane, Joshua Redman, Sharon Jones); Rock (Rolling Stones, Beatles, Wolfmother); Punk (Gogol Bordello, Billy Talent, The Clash); and the list goes on. I'm a firm believer that there's a right time and place for just about any kind of music.

Movies: Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, Big Lebowski, Serenity, Rocky IV

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've done everything from luxury resorts in the Caribbean to fighting stomach bugs at a train station in Agra, India. My travel dreams are to ski the French / Swiss alps, try the steak in Argentina, see the night-life in Barcelona, drink the beer in Germany, and enjoy the pubs in Scotland.

Teach, Learn, Share

For those traveling to Medford, OR, keep an open mind. Medford itself has... character. You'll want a few tips before diving in and being disappointed. But if you know where to go, you'll have your mind blown.

Ashland (about 25 min. away by car) is truly spectacular and gorgeous, the hiking nearby is world-class, the beer is out of control, the wineries are fabulous, and the people are amazingly nice.

What I Can Share With Hosts

My hosting capacities are limited, but I'm always down to meet up with a fellow traveler. There are plenty of good places to hang out if you know where to look, and being in the news business makes you almost obnoxiously knowledgeable about an area.

Countries I've Visited

Aruba, Australia, France, India, Italy, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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