Rylie Houston

Cambria, CA, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning French, Japanese, Spanish
  • 29, Female
  • Member since 2005
  • Painter/Bartender/Student of the World
  • Self-Educating via Books and World Travel
  • From Kohala, Hawaii USA
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


Heading to the Mediterranean...


So, I went to Southeast Asia in October 2007 and officially began the addiction to traveling. I went to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, and Bali. It was my first trip out of the country, and I was alone, and it was amazing.

I went to Europe in February/March 2011 with my girl Roxy, we hit Dublin, London, Prague, Budapest, Paris, and Spain in a month! It was intense, but worth it.

About to head to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Northern Italy, Croatia, South Greece, and Istanbul from March to May. So excited!

I love coffee shops, hot chocolate with cayenne, music, spicy everything, film, dancing, reading, sketching, more reading, avocados, painting, healthy food, and exploring. I love beautiful colorful/surreal/vintage-looking art. I love photography and I'm hoping I'll be able to accomplish some photo journalism along the way. I would love to get some sort of teaching certification and teach art to kids around the world/do freelance photojournalism, and basically just figure out a way to get paid to travel, which is what I truly love. I'm also looking into some serious volunteer tourism in Africa, India, and South America. I just want to see as much as I can in this valuable time that I have. Wanderlust isn't the easiest kind of lust to be possessed by, but to me it's one of the most amazing...


I just like to be quiet and observe. I live my life to watch people and see what it's all about. It's really just a series of beautiful (and occasionally excruciating) experiences. I wouldn't trade a minute of it.

Borrowed Philosophy: "I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything." - Vonnegut again

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau

"There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction." - Salvador Dali

"“I just don't want to die without a few scars." - Chuck Palahniuk

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Whenever I have a space I am happy to allow people to stay with me, unfortunately I have been working 6 days a week lately and not home much, and not able to respond to anyone either. Sorry about the low percentage guys... If I end up staying with you, I cook! And trust me, I am a pretty good cook...


I stayed with a guy in San Diego while I was visiting my sister. Andy, who is awesome, and basically just gave me free reign of his home to come and go as I pleased. He truly embodied the Mi Casa es su casa ideal. Thank you Andy!

I also couchsurfed with Eric and his adorable girlfriend upon experimenting with the concept of moving to Seattle...but I decided to wait on the move and head to New York instead. But they made it possible for me to check out Seattle and I am so grateful!

I've also had a couple of amazing people from Spain stay with me :)


Music is huge, I love all kinds of music... Basically everything from Robert Plant, Iron and Wine, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor to Thievery Corporation, The White Stripes, Fever Ray, Atmosphere, Lana del Rey, and Wax Tailor. Classic Rock, Acoustic Guitar, Spanish Guitar, Drum and Bass, Hip Hop, World, Classical...everything. My top ten artists I love at the moment are: 1. Lana del Rey 2. Jose Gonzalaz 3.Lorde 4. Guitarra Azul 5. Rihanna 6. Ludovico Einaudi 7. Philip Glass 8. Roo Panes 9. Alt J 10. Iron&Wine. I love Art, I love sitting in coffee shops all day, I love Photography, Tacos, Movies, Travel, Dancing, Asian food, cooking, Avocados, and anything EXTRA spicy!!! I'm also interested in Natural Healing and Yoga, but am not a hippie by any means :p Oh, and I love to read. Books make me smile...

Music, Movies, and Books

I really love movies a lot. They're like tiny vacations for the mind. A positive escapism! A Good Year, Almost Famous, Amelie, Basquiat, Big Fish, Boondock Saints, Burlesque, Closer, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Center Stage, Chocolat, Colombiana, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys , Dangerous Beauty, Donnie Darko, Empire Records, Finding Neverland, Fight Club, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Fifth Element, Garden State, Gia, Honey, Hero, Hook, Igby Goes Down, Interview With the Vampire, The Little Mermaid, Laurel Canyon, Love Actually, The Motorcycle Diaries, Moulin Rouge, The Professional, Pirates of the Caribbean, Romeo and Juliet, The Salton Sea, Stigmata , Sex and Lucia, Sin City, Stardust, Tank Girl, Vanilla Sky, VickyCristinaBarcelona, Woman on Top...Etc.

Music: Atmosphere, Bonobo, Aesop Rock, Album Leaf, Amon Tobin, Ben Harper, Bjork, Bob Dylan, Bright Eyes, DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Explosions in the Sky, Fever Ray, Fiona Apple, the Flashbulb, Foo Fighters, Four Tet, Garbage, Goldfrapp, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Iron and Wine, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Jose Gonzalez, Kaya Project, Lamb, Led Zeppelin, Lovage, Madeline Peyroux, Massive Attack, Morcheeba, Nightmares on Wax, No Doubt, Perfect Circle, Pharcyde, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Regina Spektor, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Saul Williams, Sufjan Stevens, Thievery Corp, Tribe Called Quest, Wax Tailor...again, not even a scratch on the surface of my interests.

Books: The Alchemist, The Prophet, American Gods, Eleven Minutes, Jitterbug Perfume, Villa Incognito, Still Life With Woodpecker, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, Diary, Shanghai Baby, The Giving Tree... I have a ridiculous addiction to books. Vonnegut, Murakami, Gaiman, Palahniuk, Robbins, Silverstein, and and and...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

One is not enough:
Sunsets in Thailand and Bali.
Ta Prohm at dawn in Cambodia before anyone else was there.
Monsoon rains in Vietnam.
Sitting on a porch in Ubud, Bali by myself just listening and watching rain fall on vibrant green and colored everything around me.
The lush green everything in Ireland.
The fairy tale beauty of Prague and Budapest.
Paris in the rain, at night.
Spanish everything.

I've been at the most beautiful full moon parties on tops of mountains in California.
There's nothing like a sunrise in February, above an ocean of clouds atop a mountain, when everything is covered in ice so that even the air is shimmering.

And most recently I've lived in and wandered all around Brooklyn and New York City.

visited 13 states (5.77%)Create your own visited map of The World or another interesting project

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to travel the world and teach art and yoga and dance...mostly to little kids...and I want to share my cooking!

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Laos, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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