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planetcruiser Meinhard Benn

About me

I am constantly travelling or living in places for a limited time, so I lost the notion of a home a few years ago. This feeling of a temporary and autonomous existence I carry with myself since then. I listen to the feeling a place gives me and let it decide when to move on.

Stepping into a bus and pay the ticket anyone can do - I prefer the harder (?) and more fun transport of hitch-hiking. :) Although, for a change I am currently on a train/bus/bicycle trip across Asia. See my travel plan.

A few years ago I stopped taking jet engine planes for environmental reasons. The air pollution and noise those things create don't make it suitable for mass transportation in the long run and I recommend overland travel to anyone that has the opportunity. If you do fly, consider donations to NGOs that are compensating for your extra carbon emissions.

To cover the few costs I have I do programming for non-profit organisations over the Internet or engage in short-term contracts with the darker side. ;) When the setting is right I also give workshops about Free Software along my travels.

I try to live healthy, calm and just by not smoking, not eating meat, not using mobile phones unless I really have to, drinking only if there is a strong reason for it ;) and walking or cycling whenever I can.

Have a look at my website benn.org for my current location and status updates.

Spoken languages

  • German Mother Tongue
  • English Expert
  • Romanian Beginner
  • Russian Beginner
  • Turkish Beginner

My interests


Andrew Niccol, Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, Coen Brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, Leander Haußmann, Detlef Buck, Lars von Trier, Andrei Tarkovsky, Woody Allen

Organisations I belong to:

BeWelcome, Ecobytes

Travel experiences

Past trips:

A lot of hitch-hiking during the last years, I was in South-East-Asia twice, North America and all over Europe. Let me see if I remember all the countries I have been in - in order of appearance:

Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland, UK, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Indonesia, USA, Ireland, Finland, Estonia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Greece, Spain, Ukraine, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Belgium, Moldova, Andorra, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Gibraltar, Lebanon, Russia, Mongolia, China, South Korea, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines.

Planned trips:

I am currently on an overland trip from Istanbul to Bali via Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, China, South Korea and South-East-Asia. Join me along the way! :)

Belongs to the following groups



my name is meinhard, i am anarchist.



Living in Berlin now :)


BeVolunteer GA 2013

i will attend in person :)

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Max number of guests:
Maximum length of stay:

Update (June 2013): I moved out from my Bali place and currently I'm travelling back to Germany, with a few detours. ;)

A week? :) Let's see how it goes. Minimum would be two days, so we get the chance to get to know each other a little.

I Live With:

A few geckos, ants, bats and the frogs in the pond.

Please bring:

A smile, an open heart and lots of herbal tea (which for some unexplainable reason is bloody expensive here)!

I can offer my guests:
A guided tour, A dinner.

A tropical sanctuary of peace between temples, rice fields, small houses and palm trees - far away from the next road. However, if fast internet makes your pulse go up, don't come here. ;) You will have your own bedroom.

I can offer my hosts:

Serious software voodoo skillz, travel stories off the beaten tracks, activism insights and contacts.

Other information for guests:

You will stay in the lower floor of my small two storey bungalow. :) For air-con junkies: there is none. But nights are mild, because there is no concrete around that could store any heat. This is the countryside! :) See my Ubud gallery for some pictures of the place.

Public transport:

I am a bit outside of Ubud's main stretch in Penestanan, so you will need to take a taxi to come here or walk for 20 minutes. When in Penestanan, ask for the Alchemy restaurant. My place at Londo bungalows is a short walk from there, along rice fields and small houses.

House Rules:
No smoking.

Family and close friends

Latest comments


from Ivers0n - 2013-11-06 13:33:11

His name is Meinhard he is an anarchist... haha I felt we have a similar relaxed attitude towards life which made me feel very confortable with him. He lets people talk, which probably means he is a good listener, or maybe he is just thinking about ... more


from duesseldorf - 2013-11-04 16:36:23

Had heard a lot about this tech guy during the last years but only now we met in real life. I higly appreciate all the effort he puts into BW! During the BW General Assembly he added some very valuable input to the discussions about statutes and the ... more


from leopoldr - 2013-11-03 20:01:09

Meinhard is a very active BV/BW member, we met at the GA 2013. We did not have enough time to talk, but we will meet again - sooner or later!

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