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  • 30 references 18 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Portuguese, Spanish
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2018
  • Human Resources / Technology / Renewable Energy
  • UC Irvine
  • From Los Angeles, CA, USA
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About Me

"Life is like a extra crispy chicken drumstick, it disappears way too quickly, and you are left wondering if you should have ordered more." - KFC employee in Tokyo

See the world, make unforgettable memories, and continue to grow as a person. Through all my travels, I've learned some pretty important life lessons. Like, how to pack light, how to haggle with locals, how to not get food poisoning, how to say "no" to strangers offering me free candy haha. Meeting all these amazing people, having all these crazy adventures- it feels like I've crammed a hundred lifetimes into one. And this journey is far from over!

I enjoy meeting new people and learning about diverse cultures, beliefs, traditions, customs, lifestyles. Life is an exciting adventure, and I am eager to see what will happen while meeting amazing people all over the world. One thing I like most about meeting new people is listening to their stories and finding out about where they come from. It's amazing to see how we can all be so different, but at the same time, we're all just trying to navigate this beautiful planet we call home. I mean, who knew that a person from one side of the world could have so much in common with someone from the complete opposite side? We're all in this together, folks. I believe that everyone I meet has something valuable to teach me, and that’s why I’m always curious and respectful of other people’s views and insights. I meet people for a brief moment, but they leave a lasting impression on my life journey, choices, mindset, and attitude. Life is full of surprises :)

Since 2019, I’ve been living a semi-nomadic life. This means I explore for 2-3 months and then go back home to rest for 2-3 months. I hop from one region to another to soak up the local culture and vibe. I usually move to a different place (city or country) every 7-14 days, allowing me to really marinate in the culture without feeling rushed or like I'm missing out too much. But don't worry, I know when to slow down and take a break. I go back home for 2-3 months to catch up with family, focus on work, and recharge before heading out for my next 2-3 month adventure. It's like a travel sandwich with a nice, long rest in the middle - the perfect recipe for happiness and balance. It's like a travel sandwich, and who doesn't love a good sandwich?

Why I started traveling? Why did I start traveling, you ask? Well, let's just say that I used to be a workaholic from ages 20-30, working over 100 hours a week without ever taking a real vacation. I was all work and no play, which made me very exhausted and really sick. I realized that I needed to make a change and prioritize my happiness and health. So, I slowly reduced my work hours and now I am a part time consultant for tech companies working on things like artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, etc. I also started saying "yes" to new experiences and trying things outside of my comfort zone. Traveling became a big part of that, and I've never looked back. Life is full of surprises, and I'm ready for whatever comes my way.

Travel Itinerary:
2022
May - August: Hungary, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
October: New Mexico, New England (states)
November - December: Vietnam, Malaysia

2023
January: Cambodia, Thailand
March - GA, NC, SC, VA, DC (states)
May: Canada
June - July: Portugal, Switzerland
September: Mexico
November - December - Taiwan, Philippines

2024
January: Indonesia
May: MT, WY, ND, SD, NB, MN
July-August: Europe
November to December: Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I am trying out the philosophy of "slow living" and "slow travel" and I find that CS helps extend this type of living and travel approach.

Slow travel emphasizes the importance of savoring and immersing oneself deeply in a place, often by prolonging stays, choosing sustainable transportation, and participating in culturally enriching and socially responsible activities.

Slow living, on the other hand, is a lifestyle focused on simplicity, mindfulness, and genuine connections. It values experiences that bring joy, fulfillment, and meaningful relationships while reducing stress, hectic schedules, and materialistic pursuits.

Interests

  • photography
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • partying
  • clubbing
  • video games
  • board games
  • reading
  • minimalism
  • kayaking
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • beaches
  • lakes
  • rivers
  • nature
  • linguistics
  • sustainability
  • abandoned places
  • exploring
  • mindfulness
  • simple living
  • virtual reality
  • abandoned buildings
  • urbex
  • climate change
  • self development
  • machine learning
  • autism
  • slow travel
  • artificial intelligence
  • sustainable living
  • gratitude
  • international law
  • postmodernism
  • marxism
  • slow living
  • civic activism
  • augmented reality
  • continuous improvement
  • healthy habits
  • ikigai
  • essentialism

Music, Movies, and Books

I like to listen to the music of the countries I visit. Do you have any recommendations for me? I enjoy listening to your country's music even when I am back home, commuting or working. There are some bands and composers I love, like Elephant Sessions from Scotland, and a composer from Austria named Parov Stelar.

https://youtu.be/VVJrzlSc_P4
https://youtu.be/QgU5taBcsjM
https://youtu.be/mJC_TxThbfU

Music - Scottish Indie-Folk. Austrian Electro-Swing, Funk, Soul, Nu Jazz. Italian Electro-Dance. French Electro-Hip Hop, Funk, Soul. Belgian Electro-Swing. Swedish, Spanish, American Tropical House. Greek Hip Hop. Vietnamese RnB. And of course unavoidably American Hip Hop, RnB, Country, Folk.

Movies - Superhero. Drama/Suspense/Thriller. Mystery/Psychological. Themes and commentaries of Class and Race relations. Comedy, especially Dark Comedies. Anything with a interesting narrative. Documentaries.

Books - I usually listen to audiobooks and I enjoy reading articles related to Wellness. Minimalism. Slow living. Slow Travel. Self-Improvement. Productivity hacks. Inspirational stories. Technology. Venture capital. Artificial intelligence. Sociology. Psychology. Linguistics. Political Economy. Globalization. World History. Wartime Life. I am oddly very interested in what daily life was like in different historical eras because I think I would not survive lol 😀

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I guess it's not 1 thing I've done... but I have 1 hobby that I have that allows me to combine my interest in history and exploration. I explored almost 50 abandoned places, such as old prisons, monasteries, churches, temples, hospitals, asylums, zoos, racetracks, communist/facist/nazi meeting houses, water/power/manufacturing plants, military/mining/slave towns, ship/airplane wreckages.. and exactly 1 abandoned 30-story hotel in Georgia and 1 abandoned 3-story gentleman's club in Mexico (during unexpected crazy hurricane-like weather!). It's exciting to me to uncover the stories of these abandoned places and the people who used to live or work there.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, France, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

England, France, Greece, Scotland, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

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