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About Me


To meet amazing people around the world every week! BEFORE REQUESTING TO STAY WITH ME & NORA: Please read my profile! If you've not got time to read all of it, that's fine but please don't expect me to get all excited at reading this kind of request:

'Hi! You sound COOL! Maybe I/we could crash on your couch tonight. I promise I wont bother you. THAAAANKS!!'.

Can you see what's awful about this request? In that short request, there are 4 things wrong with it: Firstly, my name isn't 'Hi', secondly, why exactly do you think I'm 'cool'? Third, we don't offer a couch, we actually offer a bed and fourth and worst of all, the idea that I want you to just crash at my place and not even interact with us? Now, you've really got no idea as to what the purpose of CS is.

And I get these type of requests all the time and after 6yrs hosting, I'm getting pretty tired of them now. My short message is: if you make some kind of effort with your request, you greatly increase your chances of being accepted. So now you know!

Remember Couchsurfing is NOT Airb&b! The similarity is that you stay in private homes but the BIG difference (apart from paying for Airb&b) is that with Couchsurfing the stay is incidental to the experience, the real purpose and benefit is the connection whereas with Airb&b the main event is the stay - because you've paid for it! Any interaction with the hosts is a bonus. I hope this clarification is useful!


I'm a rather lucky boy: ) Someone decided I was worth hiring in 2004 and since then I've have been sent to a different corner of the world every week and I get paid for it - and not a moment is wasted. From Lagos to Rio, there are people to meet, tastes to sample, air to breath, sights to behold and memories to capture and savor for ever. Its the great and inspiring people of this planet that enrich every travel experience of mine & CS is my ultimate travel companion. To the people of the world I have met: You are all wonderful and inspiring in you own unique way.


Reflections, thoughts, musings & pondering often get kicked into the back seat by my 'doing' - I'm rarely sat down or without a map in my hand...the day I stop may be the day that a hint of regret seeps through the tiniest crack that is the day, week or month I never did what could have been tried or done.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

My kind employer provides a hotel room in each city I fly to, but after 11yrs in this job, hotels began to loose their appeal. Don't get me wrong, hotels are great but only if I feel I've got a reason to stay in one. So for the past 6yrs, I've tried as much as possible to avoid the hotel and stay with locals.

To date, CS has utterly and completely enriched every travel experience I've had since joining. With an average of just 30 hours but up to 72 in each of the 65 cities I am paid to fly to, you can bet your bottom dollar that I am gonna squeeze every last drop of opportunity to immerse myself totally and utterly in the local scene.


To date, I've met wonderful Couchsurfers in:

2.Oslo, NORWAY, FEB 09
3.Kampala, UGANDA, FEB 09
4.Los Angeles, USA, MAR 09
5.Lagos, NIGERIA, APR 09
6.Boston, USA, MAY 09
7.New York, USA, MAY 09
8.Tel Aviv ISRAEL, MAY 09
9.Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, JUN 09
10.New York (Catskills), USA, JUN 09
11.San Francisco, USA, JUL09
12.Johannesburg, S. AFRICA, JUL 09
13.Mumbai, INDIA, JUL 09
14.Boston, USA, AUG 09
15.Cairo, EGYPT, AUG 09
16.Hong Kong, CHINA, AUG 09
17.Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, AUG 09
18.New York, USA, AUG 09
19.Toronto, CANADA, OCT 09
20.Chicago, USA, OCT 09
21.Rio de Janerio, BRAZIL, NOV 09
22.Miami, USA, JAN10
23.Cairo, EGYPT, MAY 10
24.Delhi, INDIA, JUN 10
25.Tokyo, JAPAN, JUL 10
26.Kampala, UGANDA, JU10
27.Phoenix, USA, JUL 10
28.Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, JUL 10
29.Los Angeles, USA, AUG 10
30.Hong Kong, CHINA, AUG 10
31.Vancouver, CANADA, AUG 10
32.Mexico City, MEXICO, OCT 10
33.Nairobi, KENYA, OCT 10
34.Johannesburg, S. AFRICA, NOV 10
35.Toronto, CANADA, NOV 10
36.Miami, USA, JAN 11
37.Vancouver, CANADA, JAN 11
38.Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, FEB 11
39.San Francisco, USA, FEB 11
40.Philadelphia, USA, MAR 11
41.Hong Kong, CHINA, MAY 11
42.Los Angeles, USA, MAY 11
43.Phoenix, USA, MAY 11
44.Kampala, UGANDA, JUN 11
45.Singapore, SINGAPORE, JUN 11
46.Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA, JUL 11
47.Dubai, UAE, JUL 11
48.San Francisco, USA, AUG 11
49.Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA, SEP 11
50.Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA, SEP 11
51.Beijing, CHINA, OCT 11
52.Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, OCT 11
53.Kuwait City, KUWAIT, OCT 11
54.Durban, SOUTH AFRICA, OCT 11
55.Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, NOV 11
57.Tokyo, JAPAN, NOV 11
58.Baltimore, USA, DEC 11
59.Washington DC, USA, JAN 12
60.Mumbai, INDIA, JAN 12
61.Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, JAN 12
62.Dubai, UAE, JAN 12
63.San Francisco, USA, MAR 12
64.Doha, QATAR, MAR 12
65.Hong Kong, CHINA, MAR 12
66.Phoenix, USA, APR 12
67.Lusaka, ZAMBIA, APR 12
68.Chennai, INDIA, MAY 12
69.Milan, ITALY, MAY 12
70.Port Elizabeth, S. AFRICA, JUL 12
71.Cairo, EGYPT, JUL 12
72.Montreal, QUEBEC, JUL 12
73.Kampala, UGANDA, JUL 12
74.Hyderabad, INDIA, AUG 12
75.Lusaka, ZAMBIA, AUG 12
76.Vancouver, CANADA, AUG 12
77.Foz do Iguacu, BRAZIL, SEP 12
78.Annapolis, Maryland, USA, SEP 12
79.Concord, USA, SEP 12
80.Taipei, TAIWAN, OCT 12
81.Eureka, California, USA, OCT 12
82.Nairobi, KENYA, OCT 12
83.Mombasa, KENYA, OCT 12
84.Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, OCT 12
85.Houston, USA, NOV 12
86.Washington DC, USA, NOV 12
87.Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA, NOV 12
88.New Delhi, INDIA, DEC 12
89.Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA, DEC 12
90.Dubai, UAE, DEC 12
91.Guilin, CHINA, DEC 12
92.Shanghai, CHINA, DEC 12
93.New York, USA, JAN 13
94.San Francisco, USA, JAN 13
95.Miami, USA, JAN 13
96.Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, JAN 13
97.New York, USA, FEB 13
98.Miami, USA, FEB 13
99.Toronto, CANADA, FEB 13
100.Zanzibar, TANZANIA, FEB 13
101.Baltimore, USA, MAR 13
102.Lagos, NIGERIA, MAR 13
103.Johannesburg, S. AFRICA, MAR 13
104.Washington DC, USA, MAR 13
105.Lake Tahoe, USA, APR 13
106.New York, USA, APR 13
107.Houston, Texas, USA, APR 13
108.Kampala, UGANDA, MAY 13
109.Toronto, CANADA, MAY 13
110.Hong Kong, CHINA, MAY 13
111.Taipei, TAIWAN, JUNE 13
112.Monrovia, LIBERIA, JUNE 13
113.Kampala, UGANDA, JULY 13
114.Lusaka, ZAMBIA, AUG 13
115.Vancouver, CANADA, AUG 13
116.Seattle, USA, SEP 13
117.Charlottesville, USA, OCT 13
118.Philadelphia, USA, OCT 13
119.Beijing, CHINA, OCT 13
120.Seattle, USA, OCT 13
121.New Delhi, INDIA, NOV 13
122.Denver, USA, NOV 13
123.Singapore, SINGAPORE, NOV 13
124.New York, USA, NOV 13
125.Greenwich, USA, NOV 13
126.Koh Samui, THAILAND, DEC 13
127.Osaka, JAPAN, DEC 13
128.Chennai, INDIA, JAN 14
129.San Francisco, USA, JAN 14
130.São Paulo, BRAZIL, FEB 14
131.Accra, GHANA, FEB 14
132.Washington DC, USA, MAR 14
133.Cordoba, ARGENTINA, MAR 14
134.Denver, USA, MAR 14
135.Warsaw, POLAND, APR 14
136.Chengdu, CHINA, MAY 14
137.Nassau, BAHAMAS, MAY 14
138. Warsaw, POLAND, JUN 14
139. Chennai, INDIA, JUN 14
140. Windhoek, NAMIBIA, JUL 14
141. Beijing, CHINA, JUL 14
142. Accra, GHANA, AUG 14
143. Calgary, CANADA, AUG 14
144. New York, USA, AUG 14
145. Foz do Iguacu, BRAZIL, AUG 14
146. Fairbanks, ALASKA, USA, SEP 14
147. New York, USA, SEP 14
148. New Jersey, USA, OCT 14
149. Bangkok, THAILAND, NOV 14
150. Bangalore, INDIA, NOV 14
151. Austin, USA, NOV 14
152. Mumbai, INDIA, DEC 14
153. Bangkok, THAILAND JAN 15
154. Austin, USA, JAN 15
155. Accra, GHANA, FEB 15
156. Houston, USA, FEB 15
157. Boston, USA, MAR 15
158. Bangkok, THAILAND, MAR 15
159. São Paulo, BRAZIL, APR 15
160. Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, APR 15
161. Aberdeen, SCOTLAND, APR 15
162. Toronto, CANADA, MAY 15
163. Philadelphia, USA, MAY 15
164. San Francisco, USA, JUNE 15
165. Accra, GHANA, JUNE 15
166. Lagos, NIGERIA, JUNE 15
167. Fort Lauderdale, USA, JUL 15
168. Atlanta, USA, JUL 15
169. Lagos, NIGERIA, JUL 15
170. Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA, JUL 15
171. Delhi, INDIA, AUG 15
172. Braganca Paulista, BRAZIL, AUG 15
173. San Leandro, USA, SEP 15
174. Bangalore, INDIA, SEP 15
175. Shanghai, CHINA, SEP 15

...and I'm sure many more to follow to continue a beautiful global relationship!


Exploring places. Usually I slant towards historical significance, notoriety, geographical isolation. A real thrill is breaking pervceived notions of a place. Finding out for myself.

I love to cycle everywhere, not just as an occasional fair weather interest - but as a day to day working tool. Need a car? I don't think so. 'So how do you arrive at the airport with all that luggage Paul?'....'no, I dont believe you either'. Yes folks, I actually do avoid using motorised transport (that includes public transport) to reach Heathrow. Any guesses??!

Food (I'll try anything once!), travel writing (I wrote for Aircrew magazine before it went bust. I now concentrate on making crazy travel shows. I try & produce one most trips. Here's one of my most recent ones shot in India - a day trip from Delhi to the Taj Mahal:


Oh and you might be wondering who's filming me. Yes, it's YOU GUYS! I recruit my fellow CSrs to operate the camera. Training on the go :-). A huge enormous thank you to all of you across the globe for helping me produce my programmes. And of course, anyone with the patience to stand being my camera operator is placed on the credits!!

Music, Movies, and Books

Theres a line out of 'The Score' (Brando, Norton, De Niro, 2001) that has defined and shaped my now, non-urgent and material aqciring obsessed life. When 'Danny', (Norton)asks 'Nick' (De Niro) whether during the course of his highly successful criminal career he has ever taken chances in order to acelerate his earnings from crime, the older and wiser Nick replies 'Listen son, make a list of everything you ever wanted and still want and then spend the next 25 years of your life getting them piece by piece',

A one line masterstroke of advice for life...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Couchsurfing has turned my world upside down. After 6yrs being hosted every week in over 45 countries, I can tell you right now that the human race is a pretty amazing bunch. I've slept on a hammock 4hrs north of San Francisco thanks to Nicholas, a library floor in Johannesburg at the home of Hanneke, got licked by a large dog belonging to my host Brad in a New York apartment, been fed traditional Ugandan matoke in Kampala on my birthday thanks to lovely Nancy and her family, got given a free ticket to the Brazil World Cup to see England play Uruguay thanks to Kate, my host in Lagos Nigeria, been hosted by Ben in Alaska who had cold English beer, been taken to the rainforest in Brazil by Angelica from Sao Paulo, relaxed in a traditional onsen in Osaka on Christmas Day thanks to my host Shuichi.

I could write much much more, but my dinner is going cold now and you'll probably get bored. But you get the idea. Humans ROCK!!!

Teach, Learn, Share

Tip for the kitchen: if you find a dish you have made contains too much fat - simply place a handful of ice cubes in the liquid containing the excess fat and watch as the ice attracts the fat and solidifys. Then simply remove the fat!

What I Can Share with Hosts

My cooking
My bicycles
My time
My travelling tales
Advice for your onward journey

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Venezuela

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom

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