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Gary Stringer

Gary Stringer, 31 from United Kingdom (male)
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Network: Europe
Present Country: Iceland
Join Date: October 20, 2010
Last Updated: August 20, 2017
Last Signed In: December 23, 2017

Companion Ad:
I'm always open to teaming up with someone. If you're happy hitchhiking, camping, volunteering, dumpster-diving etc on a small budget, then send me a message. If you're the sort of person that is happy not making rigid plans and just going with the flow and seeing what the road brings, let's have an adventure together! :)

Next Destination(s):
UPDATE - 20/8/17

Arriving in Iceland on the 24/8.17. I am available for volunteering for
1-2 weeks.

Helper Description:
UPDATE - 20/8/17

Arriving in Iceland on the 24/8.17. I am available for volunteering for 1-2 weeks.

I would take the way I travel into account when considering me for an exchange. As I do hitchhike for the most part(I do it by choice as I find it the most fulfilling way of travel), the duration of time it takes to get somewhere can be unpredictable to an extent. I would request the flexibility of a day or two either way. I've never been far out on my expected day of arrival though and I always keep in contact with the host as much as possible to make them aware of my progress. Communication and a bit of flexibility is important in this case for it to work the best, I believe. If that doesn't sound like it could work for you somehow, then I probably cannot meet your needs.

I'm a minimalist long-term traveler - I hitchhike, wild-camp, dumpster-dive and volunteer for food and board. I find alternative exchanges where I can contribute energy/skills/labor in return for fulfilling my basic needs to be generally more meaningful experiences to me. I also have an interest in activism, actively helping to make the world a slightly better place by being the best me I can be.

I try to avoid small talk for myself. I feel it's usually a reaction to social awkwardness and can take me adrift from my own authenticity. I appreciate the opportunity to really listen to others, without judgement or in any way making what they express about me; to share comfortable silence; to express when I want to, truly for myself. I find when I allow myself to break through my own superficial social bullshit, it creates the opportunity for a much more authentic and meaningful exchange for me.

For a little more insight into my life, here is a podcast interview I did during the summer last year in Norway

I'm a hard worker, and give my all to anything I take my hand to for myself - jack of most trades, master of none. My professional background is hospitality but I have been fortunate enough to have had experiences in animal care, teaching, painting and decorating, farming, gardening, sailing, general laboring and hospitality.

If it's general labouring, tasks that require: common sense/some instructions; painting, gardening, household chores, a physical challenge, i'm in. I value flexibility and the opportunity to be creative.