Richard Garcia

Austin, TX, United States

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  • Fluent in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish; learning Afrikaans, French, German, Icelandic
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Lawyer, Writer/Editor
  • The University of Texas Law School
  • From San Antonio/Austin
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About Me


To travel the world sharing child-like wonder, awe and joy with others.


One day I woke up, decided to sell everything I owned except just what I needed to live, and travel the world. So in December of 2010, I put a few things I thought I needed into a backpack, left Austin, Texas and headed south. I have now spent over 4 1/2 years traveling throughout the entirety of the Americas. Along my journey I have had the honor of getting to know so many beautiful people to whom I am truly grateful for making my journey truly awesome.

In July of 2015, I left from Canada to go to Iceland from where I have been traveling my way south toward South Africa while trying to see as many countries in between as possible. Then on to the Middle East and Asia.

For more information about me, please also see my LinkedIn and Facebook profiles:


I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the more I give the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.

Make love with the fear.

Be a gardener of lives by nourishing their hearts and souls to blossom.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


How I participate?

I show up and give all that I have to share.

Sometimes that means helping little old ladies dance across the street. If people ask me to join their journey, I willing offer a hand and shoulder. Sometimes it's just as simple as giving a "free hug" or making eye contact with a stranger and smiling.

It seems that the essence of CS is to help build an intentional community based on giving and receiving where we can come to trust one another to share the best of ourselves.

For me it's also an opportunity to connect beyond social-cultural and geopolitical boundaries by what makes us human, and more importantly spiritual beings.


I have been "couchsurfing" for a long time now. Friends, roommate's friends, friends of friends, even the occasional homeless person has spent the night (or a month) on my couch. I have also occasionally spent the night (or a few) on the couches of many loving people well before CS.

So while I've had plenty of "couchsurfing" experiences in my life, I am looking forward to my couch surfing experiences by connecting with others through this website.


I enjoy meaningful conversations. Sharing what I love with them like good cooking. I love to be playful and discover where I can find humor and laughter between us.

Also I like: swinging and sliding on playgrounds, rock climbing, DIY, photography, surfing, sillyness, kitesurfing, languages, indigenous hand crafts, animals, exploring and discovering, journaling, yoga, meditation, poetry slams, coloring outside the lines, volunteering, biking, natural medicine and alternative healing methods, trail running, kite flying, appreciating beauty, live acoustic music, improv, vulnerability, hiking and camping, spontaneity, making things from reclaimed and re-purposed stuff, dancing, self-awareness, circus arts, organic playful movement, organic gardening, composting, wisdom literature, local and seasonal food, accepting what is, skydiving, surrendering, being present.

Music, Movies, and Books

I love black and whites. Also, I am documentary fanatic.

I prefer singer/songwriter, independent, indie type music. I especially love acoustic music.

Choose your Own Adventure Number One - The Cave of Time, The Light in the Attic, or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Which I loved since I was a kid.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Sharing my playful heart and inspiring others to do the same.

Teach, Learn, Share

I like to teach, learn and share with others how to get out of our heads, be in the moment, trust thier intuition and be open to what can be created in the moment.

What I Can Share with Hosts

My heart.

Countries I’ve Visited

Antarctica, Argentina, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, United States, Venezuela

Countries I’ve Lived In

Mexico, United States

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