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  • 41 References 31 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese (Simplified), Spanish
  • 39, Other
  • Member since 2007
  • Jill and Martin are currently touring the world
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • From MN, USA
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About Me


We love traveling. We love camping. We love meeting and talking to interesting people. We have embarked on a journey of discovery. We gave up a home and a cat to journey the world. Now we are living in Shenzhen, China where Jill is teaching English and Martin meets people.

We love exploring - both urban and rural areas. We are curious about everyone and all ways of life.


We treat people the way we want to be treated.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


When we lived in Minneapolis, we hosted as often as we were able and thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from all around the world. We went to some of the events within the Twin Cities/ Minnesota group. We couch surfed in Paris and Lyon, it was a super experience. Now we live in Shenzhen and love to socialize with couch surfers. Martin often helps to organize or host Couchsurfing events too.


We mostly have hosted surfers for the last few years, which we love to do because we get to meet people from all around the world. We also have surfed in Paris, Lyon, and Chicago. Every couch surfing event we've attended has been a blast. We've participated in the MSP couch crash in 2012 and 2013. Lately we have met an amazing group of Couchsurfers in Shenzhen.


Biking, walking, mass transit, beer/wine, camping, hiking, coffee, photography, tall buildings, computers, books, movies, adventures, and cooking. Jill has a travel blog: where she shares our adventures. Martin also has a blog:

  • cats
  • fish
  • books
  • photography
  • dining
  • seafood
  • cooking
  • recipes
  • wine
  • beer
  • coffee
  • vegan
  • walking
  • flying
  • movies
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • blogging
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • camping
  • surfing

Music, Movies, and Books

too many to count. The Humanities.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Saw the Northern Lights, biked through rural France, sat in a hot spring in Iceland, climbed Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, chased ice cream trucks in NYC, spent midsummer in Sweden, hiked along the north shore of Minnesota. In July 2014, we sold our stuff, quit our jobs and hit the road. We drove through a bit of Canada and the east coast of the US before flying to Mexico and spending 7 months traveling through Central and South America. We bummed around Australia, Vietnam, and Malaysia for 5 months. Now we are in Shenzhen until 2018 or more.

Teach, Learn, Share

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What I Can Share with Hosts

We can share our experiences from our travels and the web of friends we've woven throughout the world. Minnesota is a great place to see if you like the outdoors or cities and we can talk about it endlessly.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Belize, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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