Colin Withers

Berkeley, CA, United States

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About Me


Satiate some mad wanderlust


I consider myself easy-going and outgoing.

I've just spent the past two years living in California in an awesome co-op where I honed my cooking, gardening, and people skills. I also worked as a nanny, a sales rep for a startup, a taxi driver and a caregiver for a disabled gentleman.

I have a bachelor's degree in Journalism and would like to eventually go to grad school for Film or Outdoor Education. Gotsta travel first though.

Probably my favorite thing to do is travel and experience the previously unknown. I have an extremely extensive bucket list, so there's no time to waste!

I want to do it all, I want to get my pilot's license, I want to climb Mt. Everest, I want to live in a foreign country, I want to grow everything I need to eat, I want to hitchhike, I want to learn to surf (as well as overcome my fear of sharks), I want to see the Northern lights, I want to be bilingual, I want to influence people and make them laugh.

I like pointing out weird nuances in the English language.


I once saw a special on 20/20 about happiness and I mean usually the programs are crap but this one kind of stuck with me. They interviewed a woman who talked about "the plateau". Everyone has their plateau; the image they craft in their ideal future where everything levels off, worries subside and they're set for life. But guess what? It doesn't work like that! You'll always struggle with things and you'll always have concerns to weigh you down but the point is to not let them outshadow the good things. I think when someone creates this plateau they're limiting themselves to one path through life and ultimately setting themselves up for disappointment when it doesn't work out exactly as planned. That's not to say we shouldn't work towards our goals and dreams! But its good to have a few backups as well. I guess what I'm getting at, as corny as it sounds is that you really do have to expect the unexpected. Did that make sense?

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Taking up space in people's homes


I've surfed a bunch, hosted a few times in Australia while I was abroad and in California


writing, comedy, food, meeting people, yoga, volleyball, swimming, boating, hiking, camping, videography, board games (scattergories!)

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Donnie Darko, Planet Terror, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Transamerica

Music: Funk, Electronic, R&B, Classic Rock, Hip-Hop

Books: Life of Pi, The Odyssey, Fight Club

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done


New Zealand
Auckland- Thang To
Paihia- Michelle, Stuart and Charlotte Casey
Hamilton- Hazel, Sam and Adam

Sydney, NSW- Clara Loth
Sydney,NSW- Paul
Cairns, QLD- Liz Marshall
Cairns, QLD- Malcolm and Sarah Skelton
Woodford, QLD- Helene Collard

Toronto,ON- Sappho Mullins

Boston, MA- Chris C.
Roswell, NM- Nadia Valenzuela
Oakland, CA- Will and Ashley Oakley
Oakland, CA- Zack Haber

Quito- Rick Segreda
Quito- Esteban Franco

Bogota- Cesar Amaya
Bogota- Eduardo
Cali- Julian
Circasia- Hubeimar

Brisbane, Australia
Karl-Marc Wyss (Switzerland)
Justus Peacock-Broyles (US)
Jaycee Everitt (Canada)

visited 31 states (62%)Create your own visited map of The United States or another interesting project

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to forget someone's name

Countries I’ve Visited

Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Ecuador, United States

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