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To live life to its fullest and to simply be happy
Travel is the biggest parts of who I am; I work in the travel industry, in addition I'm a certified travel agent, CouchSurfing Moderator of Nebraska, founder & organizer of the Travel & Culture Group, I also do Travel Photography, and this year was nominated as Volunteer of the Year for Hostelling International, among many other things.
In addition, I'm either just getting back from a trip or I'm already planning the next one (or two). People are always telling me that I'm a very happy, energetic, spontaneous person. What I can tell you is that I'm a very open-minded individual, pretty adventurous (which can be good and bad lol), active and always up for anything. My only addiction is people, candy, and travel.
I'm a strong believer in Karma and of simply living a happy life. Hakuna Matata :)
My secret is that my first instinct is to say 'Yes' to anything instead of 'No'. I believe in finding ways to make things happen instead of finding excuses.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've always been very involved in CouchSurfing, a go-to person, an all-around tour guide, and it's always kept me very busy. I have so much fun showing travelers around my town & I love going to old and new places with them. CouchSurfing has helped me not only travel, but its helped me meet people who also travel, either in their city or my own.
I'm a Pioneer of CouchSurfing, having been an active member for 7 years now. My first surfing was Okinawa, Japan and my life changed from that moment on. Travel, to me, is about experiencing the culture of every country- the food, the locals, the scenery, and everything in between. I love to experience a place and just jump right in. The doors and gateways that CouchSurfing has opened to the world is astonishing.
My addictions happen to be some of my interests as well- music, people, photography, and travel
One of my main interests is different cultures. I also like to go out with a group of people and having a good time dancing, talking, and laughing. Meeting new people from all over the world while sitting together in one place is amazing. My other major interests are photography, skateboarding (of which I am terrible at), dancing (also not the best at), and random adventures (this one I'm good at).
- bungee jumping
Music, Movies, and Books
I love books & movies, but mostly music. Im constantly listening to music. I really enjoy going to clubs and dancing the night away to almost any kind of music.
I'm also an avid reader, growing up without a TV and having a full library nearby. I enjoy movies but my TV is in the storage unit (waaay too busy to sit down & watch TV shows) so I'm fining myself falling behind on most movies and shows.
Books - everything Chuck Palahniuk. Addicted to his books. Love travel memoirs. Every other kind of memoir. Randy Pausch. George RR Martin. Etc.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Its impossible for me to pick just one amazing thing. I've seen gorgeous Buddhist temples in Korea, Palaces in Japan, phenomenal beaches in Guam. Thailand I hugged a tiger (yes, it snapped at me) and had a 6 foot boa constrictor wrapped around my neck. I've been stalked by a barracuda in Barbados. Climbed the third largest pyramid in the world in Mexico. Walked the rainforest at pitch black night. Jumped off waterfalls & bungee jumping in Costa Rica and swam with a whale shark in Honduras, and everything else in between. I fully appreciate everything I've been able to do with my life and I feel fortunate to have made it a priority to make these things happen and more.
Teach, Learn, Share
I really want to experience different cultures and to appreciate them for what they are and their differences, both good and bad. I don't just want a place to sleep at night. I enjoy someone who can talk to me & teach me about their way of life and to swap stories.
Countries I’ve Visited
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Czech Republic, Germany, South Korea, United States