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Trish Johansen

Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand

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  • 18 Positive References
  • Fluent in English
  • 48, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Travel Writer/Veterinarian
  • Varsity, travel & the people I've me...
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


To finish my book (about travelling with my son) and spend time on my www.intrepidparents.com website ofr parents to have conversations/get tips about travelling with kids


When my son was younger, we travelled together for several months a year. After living in the UK for 12 years, we're based in Queenstown New Zealand which I just LOVE!
....like the rest of us I'm all things but in varying degrees, sounds like a cop out but that is the way I see it. I love life so much I want to be able to do everything (at once) which wears me out sometimes! I'm definitely a glass half full sort of woman!!


I love the Desiderata (by Max Erhman which I memorised when I was 10yo) & believe the following to be important guides to life
1.To live in the present moment
2.To truly be who we are. There's only one of us on this planet so we're sort of obliged to be who we are
3.The power of the Universe can create what you desire... if you let it
4.Don't get hung up on expectations, something better can evolve from an apparent disappointment
5.From a perceived good or bad situation, there are always benefits and drawbacks. This makes "bad"or "good" a perspective
6.If you want to change the world, start with yourself

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I've had amazing people stay


Diversity and contrast! Traveling; experiencing different cultures; meeting all sorts of peoples; skiing; the theater; great restaurants; dancing; ice climbing (love it but only done it a couple of times); new experiences; new challenges; just chilling. I am writing articles for DISCOVER Travel Magazine while I am writing my own book and building my www.intrepidparents.com website for the likeminded. I am very passionate about Refugee support and want to work in this field in the future. I started a Rural Development project in Cambodia but I need an experienced Horticulturalist to advise re viable crops to progress. I know they will turn up at the right time.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: I love "August Rush". I love Kevin Spacey & Anthony Hopkins films.
Reading...all that knowledge out there and I want to got it all in my head! I've always read non-fiction but have just started to get into fiction. Reading a lot about writing at the moment.
Having possession of cooking and art books hasn't miraculously made me an artist or chef.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

How can you you just choose one? There are so many amazing things in the mundane to the exciting...

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Samoa, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom

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