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"The glitters we see are just an illusion, and the golden moments are only temporary." - KFC employee in Tokyo
See the world, make unforgettable memories, and continue to grow as a person.
I was born in Vietnam, but now I live in the United States. I like to meet new people and learn about different cultures. 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 hop from one region to another every 2-3 months to soak up the culture and vibe. These days, I switch it up every 7-14 days, allowing me to really marinate in the local culture without feeling rushed or like I'm missing out. 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.
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's like I've lived a hundred lives. And I'm not done yet!
Upcoming travel plans:
January: Cambodia, Thailand
March - NC, SC, VA (states)
June - August: Portugal, Switzerland, and where else the wind takes me
November - December: well this was suppose to be my Asia trip, but now it will be canceled b/c well... work :((
Let's go on an adventure 😁😎
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Meet new people.
- video games
- board games
- abandoned places
- simple living
- virtual reality
- abandoned buildings
- climate change
- self development
- machine learning
- slow travel
- artificial intelligence
- sustainable living
- international law
- slow living
- civic activism
- augmented reality
- continuous improvement
- healthy habits
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.
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.
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, Croatia, France, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
England, France, Greece, Scotland, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam