Country Manager for the US

Professional Adventurer, Coffee Connoisseur, Marketing Ace


Born in Guatemala to German and American parents, Christopher, came into this world with itchy feet and an unquenchable sense of curiosity and wonder. As a child he dreamed of being a professional explorer and adventurer. That dream never disappeared, and now, Christopher is often in the midst of some great adventure or looking for the next. Professionally, Christopher cut his teeth as an entrepreneur. Over the last 15 years, he has started or been at the ground floor of 4 companies. These enterprises had a strong international focus which leveraged Christopher’s cultural and linguistic fluency, resourcefulness, and creative mind. Prior to joining Home Exchange, he led international marketing for a top-tier energy storage company. His newest adventure is working with Home Exchange as Marketing Manager, leading initiatives to unify and promote the brand around the world.

Where Christopher Erkelens has traveled

Austria, Belgium, Belize, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Zambia.

Favorite Quote

“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.” – Neil Gaiman.

One amazing thing he has done

Swam in the Zambezi river at the foot of Victoria Falls.

Why he loves

By depending on the goodwill and generosity of other people, the community allows us to experience the world in a totally unexpected way. There is nothing else like it! We share our homes, we share our worlds, we share our lives.