Justin Grinstead

Orillia, Ontario, Canada

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  • Grew up in Canada and then went to college in the USA.
  • From Orillia, Ontario
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About Me


To circumnavigate the world without flying. Starting and ending in Toronto.


Hello, I grew up in rural Canada and then went to the USA for college. There I dedicated most of my time to the track team and the 400m hurdles. After graduation I took a job in Ghana and have bounced around the world a bit when not working.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I am currently attempting to circumnavigate the world without flying. The flexible plan is to go from Toronto to LA then sail to New Zealand. From there it's Australia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Europe, then home. In the process I'm hoping to raise funds for a youth innovation competition in Sierra Leone, Innovate Salone.


I've had almost nothing but incredible experiences with Couchsurfing. I would not have been able to chase my current dream without the help of so many fantastic people around the globe. Great community.


Any kind of physical activity and movies mostly. I think I enjoy natural scenery the most. Hiking in a remote piece of secluded nature is hard to beat.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Forrest Gump, Snatch, Blues Brothers, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Predator, Inglorious Basterds, Fast and Furious 5+6. A film from any genre doing its genre justice.

Books: Anything history from the past 120 years.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

An off-the-beaten path view of Lake Peyto in Banff National Park had me awestruck like never before.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Chile, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Togo, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Ghana, New Zealand, United States

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