Shane Leftridge

Kansas City, MO, USA

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  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish, Swedish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Writer/Full-time Traveler
  • College
  • From Kansas City, MO, USA
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About Me


To memorize the entire Big Lebowski AND see EVERY country in the world.


UPDATE: After a year of planning and saving, starting June 1st I will be backpacking around the world indefinitely! I'm very excited and want YOU to be a part of it.

I want to learn about you and your life. I'll bring my guitar, you bring your voice. I'm self sufficient, but would love to spend time with you and your friends!

Greetings, I'm Shane. I'm very talkative and outgoing. I can go out with the best, but can also spend a quiet evening at home. I love intelligent conversation and exploring the city by night.

I'm most certainly likely to be "Yes Man". Would you like to go the beach? Yes! Would you like to climb that mountain? Yes! Would you like to try this dish? Yes!

I'm very respectful, clean, talkative, excitable, and inquisitive. I have a strong desire to learn new things, try new foods and broaden my perspective.

I play hackey sack at the airport, sleep way too much, haven't eaten McDonald's since February 2008 and have been known to break out a comedy routine...

I do very well with really social, talkative people. I love conversation. If you are looking for a quiet, sleepy evening while stopping through, my couch might not be your best bet. I rarely go to bed before 2:00 AM. Even rarer is me getting out of bed early!


"What would you do if you weren't afraid?" excerpt from "Who moved my cheese?"

"'What do you do for recreation?' 'Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.'" The Dude

"It is while we are young that the habit of industry is formed. If not then, it never is afterwards. The fortune of our lives, therefore, depends on employing well the short period of youth. If at any moment, my dear, you catch yourself in idleness, start from it as you would from the precipice of a gulf." Thomas Jefferson

"Nie wieder Berlin!" Eurotrip

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


By not being a typical tourist, planning events, hosting parties and spreading the good word.


Russia to Germany 2008

Ukraine to Croatia 2009

Here, there, and everywhere in KC. My roommate and I hosted 200+ surfers over a couple summers.

Southeast Asia 2010

Eurotrip V 2011

World Tour 2015-2016


Baseball, Tom Brady, trying new beer, acoustic guitar, In-A-Tub tacos, Indian food, stand-up comedy, tennis, summer walks, winter air, Russian sour cream, ukes, kebab, backpacking, parks, train rides, parking in the lines between handicap spaces, old horror movies, Finnish countryside, cheez-its...and you!

I love to talk about the physics of the universe. Much like Albert Einstein, my mind is always contemplating the unified theory.

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: The Strokes, Paolo Nutini, Sigur Ros, Mississippi John Hurt, David Bowie, John Mayer, The Kooks, Ray LaMontagne, Scissor Sisters, Gogol Bordello

Movies: Field of Dreams, The Big Lebowski, Everything is Illuminated, Charlie Brown Christmas

Books: "As far as my feet will carry me" Josef Bauer, "Who moved my Cheese?" Spencer Johnson, "Life of Pi" Yann Martell "The Alchemist" Paolo C. "Parallel Worlds" Michio Kaku

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've jumped off a bridge in Sweden, was featured in a Wal-Mart commercial, made a crop circle, went to a sauna in Finland with 100 naked dudes and caught a donut thrown from Bruce Willis ( It's true, and a great story! )

Teach, Learn, Share

I pride myself in knowing how to say something amusing in every language, such as,"My unicorn is dead!" What can you add?

I've been known to teach guitar and piano.

I'm currently butchering the Russian and Swedish languages. If you can teach me a bit of yours, I would love to learn.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Friendship, late night jam sessions and some fabulous stories.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Sweden, United States

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