Grace Susetyo

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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  • Freelance writer
  • studying Masters in Development Studies
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About Me


Walk Queen Charlotte Sound, watch a Maori ceremony in Rotorua, trek Lake Taupo, hike Mt Aoraki, and view the aurora australis from Stewart Island


Quirky girl with wide-eyed admiration for the world.


Be kind and have open arms for those around you. But don't be afraid of brutal honesty because it shows who your true friends are.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've been a budget backpacker back home in Indonesia, and intend to do the same while I'm living in New Zealand. Always up to surf people's couches as I travel, and look forward to return the favour by welcoming people on mine :-)


I went backpacking in South Sulawesi with a friend for 10 days. Stayed in various homes in different towns--some whom my friend knows and others who are complete strangers. It's an amazing experience either way--being welcomed into someone's home, spending time with them and learning their stories and ways of life. It's as organic as travel gets.


Travel, documentary, film, music, literature, performing arts, fashion, photography, swimming, yoga, boxing, cooking

Music, Movies, and Books

I listen to anything and everything. My playlist is mostly rock or indie: Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Green Day, Nirvana, RHCP, Blur, Foster The People, Death Cab For Cutie, STP, Stereophonics, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Eat World, Kings of Convenience.

But you can also catch me at a sophisticated jazz or classical concert, or an all-nighter ethnic ensemble in the middle of nowhere.

Some of my favourite films include Babel, the Inception, A Beautiful Mind, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, My Name Is Khan, and Up.

My favourite authors include Mitch Albom, John Grisham, and Pramoedya Ananta Toer.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I lived in Papua's majestic Sudirman mountain range (about 2000 metres above sea level) for 3 years, where I could view snowcapped mountains (on a tropical island!) and tiny-looking faraway waterfalls from my bedroom window. I indulge in little wonders like playing in crystal clear rivers, finding alien plants in the forest, seeing double rainbows after the rain, and walking in thick white mist after 2pm.

Teach, Learn, Share

As a novice backpacker, I must say I'm still more on the learning side than the teaching. But out of the little I've learned, I'd be more than happy to share what I know about travel writing, packing and budgeting for medium-term travel, and safety tips for women. You can also ask me on travel routes for certain Indonesian destinations.

I would love to learn more about hiking, camping, diving, travel photography, travel filming, and local histories and cultures.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, United States

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