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“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
I'm in my mid-20s and am heading off on a long-term overland trip over Europe and Asia to Australia. After a few years of working in International Development I have decided it is finally time to follow my own passion for travel and travel writing. I'm originally from the south of England, then moved up north to Liverpool to do my Geography degree at University, and since then I have lived and worked there (its an ace city!). A few years ago I also spent a year working in my favourite country in the world, Canada, and I still harbour ambitions to move there permanently one day. I like to make the most of the fun side of life; I like jokes and stories, I love nice beer and fine wine, and I like to have a good social life. I am serious when I have to be though! I think a good sense of humour is essential to survive these days :)My life is pretty much dominated by my love of travel; it encompasses all my other interests (photography, different cultures, meeting new people, writing, sampling great food and beer :P) and as such I am very at home with being on the move. I have been lucky with the travel opportunities that have come my way, through both work and leisure, and always embrace them. I started a photography blog at kristiangodfrey.blogspot.com if anybody is interested!
I'm not very good at coming out with my own soundbites, so here's three quotes from others that fall very much in line with my own personal philosophy:
âTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didnât do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.â â Mark Twain
âA journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.â â Tim Cahill
"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen" - Benjamin Disraeli
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have hosted Couchsurfers in Liverpool, turned up to the socials wherever possible, and I have also surfed myself. I hope to expand my role within the Couchsurfing community even more over the coming years, however.
Norway (Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger) - June 2010Belgium (Antwerp & Ghent) - May 2011Luxembourg (Esch) - May 2011France (Strasbourg) - May 2011Serbia (Novi Sad) - June 2011Poland (Warsaw) - July 2011Lithuania (Vilnius) - July 2011Irkutsk (Russia) - July 2011Wellington (New Zealand) - September 2012Nelson (New Zealand) - September 2012Canberra (Australia) - October 2012Woolongong (Australia) - October 2012Brisbane (Australia) - October 2012Bundaberg (Australia) - November 2012Plus a few hosting experiences in Liverpool in 2010
Travelling, geography, music, movies, beer and wine, Formula One racing, football, travel literature, astronomy, hiking, geology.
Music, Movies, and Books
MOVIES: My favourite films are Into The Wild, The Shawshank Redemption, Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous, Cast Away, Blood Diamond, The Killing Fields, The Green Mile, Babel, Seven Years In Tibet, The Fountain, One Week, Amores Perros, The Notebook, 500 Days Of Summer, Inception, Up In The Air, Notting Hill, Groundhog Day, all the James Bond movies... actually I could go on forever, as you can tell I have a pretty random film taste and as long as they're good.
BOOKS: Alex Garland - The Beach is my favourite book ever. Otherwise I tend to just read travel writing/literature. Authors I enjoy are Peter Moore, Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux, Tim Butcher, amongst others. Whilst travelling I've had the time to read a lot more, and especially enjoyed One Day by David Nicholls (only that book can make me cry on a Chinese train!), the Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson, amongst many others.
MUSIC: Once again, anything good really... the most frequent artists/bands on my ipod are: Alanis Morissette, Angus & Julia Stone, Arcade Fire, Bernard Fanning, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Dido, Eddie Vedder, Eskobar, Feeder, Florence & The Machine, The Fray, James Blunt, Jimmy Eat World, Johnny Cash, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Lady Gaga, Muse, Natalie Imbruglia, Nelly Furtado, Regina Spektor, Rihanna, Snow Patrol, U2. Yep its quite a random taste!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Oooh that's difficult... some of the highlights from my travels have been:
- Sleeping on the banks of the Okavango Delta and waking up to a majestic sunrise was absolutely spellbinding.
- Hearing the roar of a wild tiger next to me in long grass in Nepal. Cue a lot of adrenaline...
- Walking through the stunning Roman ruins of Leptis Magna in Libya, and basically having the entire city to ourselves.
- Dozing in a boat off a Malaysian island and waking up to a shoal of flying fish 'dancing' around and under the vessel.
- Wandering through the spooky abandoned city of Pripyat in Chernobyl, seeing a glimpse of life in 80s Soviet Union.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, United Kingdom