Jamie Laytner

Uttaradit, Thailand

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  • Fluent in English; learning Hebrew (modern), Spanish, Thai
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • student of the universe, poet and lover, English teacher
  • the streets of new york city, the waters of the caribbean...
  • From New Rochelle, New York, NYC USA
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Fun and knowledge, the newest kind


Most people these days just call me Jay!
Let's see. I'm friendly and outgoing, always looking to have fun, though I definitely have a serious and thoughtful side. I love learning and being active.
I love hiking and backpacking, reading and writing, partying and dancing, meeting new people and learning new things.
Some of my dreams include sailing around the world, exploring Southeast Asia (check!), South and Central America, backpacking the AT... but not in that order!
Gotta start somewhere, right?


treat others how you'd want to be treated.
open mind. open heart.
students are teachers and teachers are students....

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've met many a cool couchsurfer, before I was registered on this thing! In Cozumel (Mexico), Berlin, Tel Aviv, New York, Colorado, San Francisco... I've also hosted travelers but never through this website; more like friends of friends who needed a place to stay and some friends to show them around!


I suppose I unofficially 'couchsurfed' Europe and Israel. I also came across a meetup of couchsurfers in New York City and met some through my previous job selling outdoor gear.
I couchsurfed in Colorado and in California. Sometimes though, those couches were actually floors. Sometimes they were the ground outside!


Learning, meeting friends, good times.
New stories and knowledge, sharing my love for the world.
Sailing, scuba diving, backpacking and exploring. Writing and reading. Teaching and learning. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, anything really... Finding cool places, observing people, exploring. Public transportation systems. Sunshine. Outdoor gear. Science and Philosophy. Animals, birds. Fish, octopi. Rock n roll of course... blues, jazz. Punk, classical. All kinds of music I guess, including electronic music... especially the kind that moves people :)

Music, Movies, and Books

favorites: Indiana Jones (Raiders), Pirates of the Caribbean, The Little Mermaid, My Neighbor Totoro, Kill Bill, Blade Runner, Akira, Casablanca, Lawrence of Arabia...

Music: try me, depends on the mood! and see above.

Books: I'm a bookworm, currently into Fantasy and stuff.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I wrote a book. Ask me about it!
Sharks eating Lionfish.
Triple rainbows!
Cloud forests!
Motorcycle adventures through Thailand!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can show you the world. Shining shimmering, splendid...
Otherwise, I know lots of random things. The habits of certain birds and tropical fish, dream interpretation, how to save people in various scenarios, love life advice... hebrew, spanish. I'm always ready to learn, too!

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can sometimes cook. I can clean. I will make you smile.

Countries I’ve Visited

Aruba, Cayman Islands, Israel, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, Israel, Thailand, United States

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