John Torsch

Baltimore, MD, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning Italian, Khmer, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • International Man of Leisure
  • Hard Knock U
  • From Baltimore, Maryland USA
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About Me


Just living the dream


Well, life is good to me so I'm good to it. If I had to label myself I would be an International man of adventure, living a life that most will only dream of. If I were a song, I'd be Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd. A fearless adventurer, entrepreneur, Chef, beachbum and culinary explorer. A little rough around the edges but very confident and outgoing, charming and articulate, I call myself The Globetrotting Chef. Always in search of the perfect meal, my soulmate, the most beautiful beach, and my slice of paradise. After years of living a "normal life" I sold it all and retired to pursue my dream of exploring this incredible world and pay some of my good fortune back. Been on the road since September 2011 and have no plans of stopping anytime soon. I live to learn new skills and perfect the ones I was blessed with. Good at many things but great at only 3; making food, making money and making love. A man of many hats, a lover and a fighter, the best of both worlds. 420 friendly since I was 13. Born a free man with the gift of gab, intent on going down in history. Blessed with multiple guardian angels, constantly pushing my limits while cheating death and rarely saying no with my only fear being responsibility. Always fulfilling a promise to my best friend, never forgetting where I come from or what it took to get here. Living the life only I choose, a life that I can be proud of. I love being me!

"Don't worry, be happy"

~Bob Marley

"We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time"

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Ive hosted a few people and been hosted by some of nicest people I will ever meet. Also had several CSing travel partners.. I enjoy meeting people at local meetups and giving advice wherever I can. I also try to help out in various groups


So far I've attended many Couch Surfing events in various countries. They were all great experiences and made me feel very positive about the project. My first experience hosting was awesome, we road a motorcycle around Jamaica, shared late night conversations about life and had lots of fun! I'm looking forward to hosting and surfing all over the world.


Eating/Cooking or anything that has to do with food!
Scuba Diving
Drinking dark rum and craft beer (IPAs ESPECIALLY)
Drinking rum in hammocks
Drinking rum on the beach
Making friends
Getting Lost
Going FAST
Road Trips
Fishing and anything else to do with water
Mixed Martial Arts
Poker/Black Jack/Craps or gambling in general
Fixing Things
Building race cars (Nissan and Infinti)
Working Out

Music, Movies, and Books

I LOVE movies and also love to LMFAO while quoting them with people.

Cool Runnings, The Wire, OZ, Belly, Scarface, Boondock Saints, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, EZ Rider, Motorcycle Diaries, The Godfather I and II, Goodfellas, Casino, Shottas, Blow, Juice, American Gangster, KIDS, King of NY, A Bronx Tale, Once Upon a Time in America, Poseidon Adventure, Memphis Bell, Maverick, Hang em High, A Map for Saturday, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Black Sheep, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, How High, Half Baked, Trainspotting, Up in Smoke, Traffic

Thomas Keller, Kitchen Confidential, Machiavelli, The Art of War, On War, Angels and Demons, Rouge Warrior, To kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The New Mediation Handbook, The Age of Enlightenment, books on the history of war, meditation and relaxation. I don't read as much as I should but I'm slowing becoming faster and I don't like fiction, real life is much more interesting.

I enjoy all types of music, if you were to let my Ipod play on shuffle, it would be a mix of reggae, rock, old school rap, R&B, metal, blues, even some opera and monk chants. My top 5 artists/bands are Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Slightly Stoopid, Disturbed, and 2pac.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Co-Founded the DCT Foundation Inc. NGO
Our mission is to fund and raise awareness for the distribution of the opiate overdose reversal drug "Naloxone". As well as the successful lobbying of both Congress and Senate to pass 2 new laws in the last 2 years. We also fund long term substance abuse treatment for those who cannot afford it.

Helped pull a woman and her child from a crashed car

Saved my neighbor from his burning house.

Swam with a family of Humpback Whales in Tonga

Went diving for and found sunken treasure in the South Pacific

Rescued a failing bar/restaurant in Seattle, Washington.

Lived on an picture perfect South Pacific island, Nomuka Iki

Lived in a rural fishing village in Jamaica (Hope Wharf) on and off for years

Went diving with a school of Bull Sharks

Burned a spliff with Mama Tosh, (Peter Tosh's Mother) in Jamaica

Had dinner with Rita Marley, (widow of Bob Marley) and Chris Blackwell, (founder of Island Records) in Jamaica

Hiking to the top of Jerusalem Mountain (Jamaica) on 4/20 with a relative of Bob Marley. While I "expanded my consciousness", I watched the sun go down and reflected on my life. It was a majestic experience.

3k KM road trip around SE Asia on a $400 84' Honda Bonus 150cc

Skinny dipping on Rabbit Island, Cambodia with phosphorescent allege and Austrian sisters

Skinny Dipping on Utila, Honduras watching a meteor shower with my Swedeheart

Hiking 6 days to El Mirador through the Guatemalan Jungle

Climbing La Donta and El Tigre in Guatemala

Exploring the ATM cave in Belize

Riding through the Cardamon Mountains in Cambodia

Swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands

Climbing Coba ruins in Mexico

Spent 2 days alone with a seal colony in New Zealand

Bought a van, turned it into a camper and made a 14k KM road trip around New Zealand for 4 months

Countless memories from the open road

Countless amazing meals with many incredible people

Front row seats for Hurricane Paloma on a cliff over the ocean in Grand Cayman

Sun rises over the mountains across the sea in Jamaica

Sunsets from the open ocean

Wondering through Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Street Food in Penang, Malaysia and all over SE Asia

Teach, Learn, Share

I lived an amazingly crazy life and through my stories I give people an insight into a world that most would never have an opportunity to experience.

I'm like a sponge lately, I can't get enough information! I love to learn new skills and be thrown into the deep end of new challenges.

I can teach anyone anything they would ever want to know about low voltage systems or an SR20 engine. Cooking is my passion and I love to share recipes and experiment in the kitchen, among other places... :-) Sharing travel stories and life's ambitions are always fun. I love playing the "Last Meal Game"

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Fiji, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Cambodia, Jamaica, United States

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