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I quit my job (again) for the second round-the-world trip: Antarctica, Patagonia, Pacific islands, sakura blooms in Japan, Petra and Wadi Rum, scuba diving in the Caribbean, Cuba, road trips in Iceland and eastern Europe - and that's just first three months. Fun fact: I have already booked over 80 flights for this trip, mostly in business and first class. These would normally cost over $115,000 and I am getting them almost free using my frequent flier miles. #winning!
Born and raised in Ukraine, I have now lived in six different states in the US and visited all 50 of them as well all US territories and over 80 countries out there (plus Antartica). I have never been able to stick with one or two things, so I am always looking for something new to learn and to do. I think traveling is a great way to accomplish just that as well as meet all kinds of people and make new friends.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I love meeting people and making new friends just as much as I hate following the tourist crowds with Lonely Planet in hand. So I try to escape that by staying and meeting up with the locals as well as showing my surfers around the spots not usually covered by those guides.
Since I started with a trip to Europe in 2009, I've hosted 61 surfers and surfed with 43 hosts while meeting up with countless others at events and group gatherings. I love swapping our travel stories and get ideas for my next adventures - a great way to feed the travel "bug" :)
Traveling, flying and anything that has to do with aviation, working out, hiking, chilling on a beach, getting out of the grind and following your passion, running your own business, sports, especially soccer and beach volleyball, racing sail boats, scuba diving, running half marathons, paintball, poker and the list goes on.
What I'm NOT interested in: chasing "American dream", clubbing, drunken parties, celebrity/TV series gossip, video games, crowds, most American sports.
- road trips
- travel hacking
- air traffic control
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: The Thomas Crown Affair, The Last Samurai, Top Gun, Matrix, Catch Me If You Can, The Illusionist, Spy Game, 21, Office Space, The Sting series
Books: The Little Prince, The Elegant Universe, Who Moved My Cheese, 4 Hour Workweek, The Art of Nonconformity, The Hero Workbook, anything by Mayne Reid and Donald Hamilton
Music: Will listen to pretty much anything. More of a rock and pop fan, but have endured 8 straight hours of country as well as a few nights at techno clubs.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Pyramids in Mexico, Angkor temples in Cambodia, the Grand Canyon, the Badlands, Luang Prabang sunsets, island hopping around El Nido, ziplining through the morning mist in Bokeo reserve, rooftop bar hopping in Bangkok, pulling right up to a leopard and two cubs at Kruger National Park in South Africa, skydiving, bungy jumping in New Zealand, scubadiving at the Great Barrier Reef, flying search and rescue missions with the Civil Air Patrol (and any other flying for that matter), running five half marathons in two months... "One thing" is not enough.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am interested in lots of things so I can tell you a little bit about a lot. How do airplanes fly? How to book amazing flight itineraries with points? Why oatmeal and breakfast cereal are some of the worst foods for you? What's the proper way to run? Anything you want to know about the countries I have visited so far? Just ask. :)
What I Can Share with Hosts
Hmm, I guess the same as above? I don't discriminate between hosts and surfers...
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, American Samoa, Andorra, Antarctica, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States of, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In
Russian Federation, Ukraine, United States