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  • 32 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Sign Language - American
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Traveller & Daydreamer
  • M.Sc. Occupational Therapy (complete...
  • From Montreal, Canada
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About Me


Sit still as little as possible.


Hey there, my name is Alissa. I'm originally from Montreal where I completed my Master's degree in October 2013 before taking off long-term. I bought myself a ticket to Australia and New Zealand, leaving the city I had known my whole life to spend 6+ months on the other side of the world with a backpack, a ukulele, and a working holiday visa.

I have since landed in British Columbia and am looking to settle down in Vancouver for the foreseeable future and finally get into my field. While I'm still unsure what the future holds and where I'll end up, travelling as much as my wallet will allow for is a top priority.

I love to laugh, to strike up conversations with people everywhere I go, and to immerse myself in situations beyond my comfort zone. I'll try almost anything once (just crossed sky-diving off the to-do list - terrifying but incredible) and always try to make the best out of any situation. I was bitten by a serious travel bug on my first trip overseas a few years ago, so I'll take any opportunity for adventure.


"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. " - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

Missing out on the amazing opportunities life throws my way is my greatest fear. I'm determined to make the most of it and live without regrets.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I have only hosted a few surfers back home in Montreal, but it was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to host again.

I have met some great locals and stayed with some amazingly generous people in Europe and more recently in Australia. This site has helped me to meet some great people everywhere I go!

As a surfer, I will always be respectful, clean and appreciative of other people's homes. I can be very independent and don't mind touring on my own, but I'd also love some company or tips on great places to visit. Of course I'll return the favour should you ever visit my wonderful city!


So far, I've met up with some CSers in Montreal, Europe, and Australia, and had the best time! It's an amazing opportunity to live like a local in a new city.

Since I was unable to travel nearly as much as I'd like while completing my Master's degree, I liked to host and to meet up with travelers passing through and hear their amazing stories. I also love to see the city I've lived in my whole life with a fresh perspective, and to get together with fellow couchsurfers for drinks and laughs.


People, literature & libraries, film, photography, making music, dancing, languages, rock-climbing, snowboarding, desserts, knitting, kickboxing, biking, laughing 'til I cry, tea, hockey, parties, exploring, swimming, kayaking, hiking, baking, chocolate, singing in the shower, getting lost and reading maps, bear hugs, sunshine, and... travelling!

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, When Harry Met Sally, Magnolia, Away We Go, Fight Club, High Fidelity.

Music: Noah and the Whale, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Slow Club, The Temper Trap, The New Pornographers, Phoenix, Local Natives, A Fine Frenzy, Broken Bells, Jack Johnson, Jeremy Fisher, Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, Gotye, Lisa Mitchell, Kate Nash, She & Him, Vampire Weekend, James Taylor, The Beatles, MGMT, Bob Dylan, City and Colour, Eliza Doolittle, Ingrid Michaelson, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons, Phish, Queen, Regina Spektor, The Killers, Weezer...

Books: Into the Wild; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; On the Road. Anything by Chuck Palahniuk, Margaret Atwood, Steig Larsson, Tom Robbins.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Riding a camel in Israel's Negev Desert in the rain. My first pretty magical moment overseas, and one I'll never forget.
Leaping from a plane at 14,000 feet off the coast of Byron Bay, Australia.
Discovering the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you a song on the flute or the ukulele, how to solve a Rubix cube, how to make amazing sandwiches (my specialty), how to (unintentionally) keep library books far past their due dates, or how to knit yourself something cozy.

I'd love to learn a new language, how to do a cartwheel (for those occasional moments I feel so happy that I just want to project myself through the air), how to tap dance and how to throw pizza dough... Or any other skill you'd like to share.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Canada, Croatia, England, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel

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