Loving life : ) Spreading smiles ( :
Couch status: Unavailable - Our place in Auckland is too small - Happy to meet up though! : )
a tall friendly Englishman from Warrington nicknamed Mr Happy : )
What's couchsurfing? I hear you say : )
It's a global community of volunteers, helping each other out with accomodation and anything else which helps make experiencing the world more fun!
During 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 I worked and travelled around Thailand and Singapore (1 month), Australia (2 years),
New Zealand (14 months), Malaysia (6 weeks), Germany (3 weeks), back to England for 6 months, then to Paris (10 days), Melbourne (1 week) and now I'm living in Auckland, New Zealand : )
There are many stories I can share and photos & videos to see
Check out my postcard collection : )
I've never smoked or taken drugs and I've had no alcohol since March 2009!
I'm living the dream!
Since joining the couchsurfing community, I've surfed at least 10 times and hosted at least 10 surfers : )
Most of which I showed around Manchester on a ten pound bike bought especially for couchsurfers : )
Having built many quality friendships, I now have contacts in many countries : )
After driving many hitch hikers around Australia and New Zealand : ) I started hitching myself on New Zealands South Island and in the UK travelling home from festivals : )
Feel free to add me on Facebook
In 2008 I completed my Computer Science degree at the University of Chester
A few days in: Cairns, Broome, Melbourne, Kere Kere, Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, London, Germany and 2 MONTHS in Fremantle!
In Manchester from July to October 2012
Hobbies include playing tabletennis, badminton, tennis, cycling, pool, roller skating and seeing the world...
|smiles, hugs, laughter, recommendations, photography, Photoshop, meditation, yoga, hitch-hiking, festivals, unexpected randomness : )
movies that make me cry, books that make me laugh, music that makes me dance and gigs that are full of happy people!
easy going, open minded people with rose coloured spectacles : ) People who make eye contact, smile and communicate without words : )
recommending: music, places to go, people to meet, jobs to try, juggling, poi & dancing styles, travel tips and things to do : )
No crazy no fun
Don't worry be happy
Happiness is the key to success
No hurry, no worry
Variety is the spice of life
Don't say don't
Replace should with could
The word can't isn’t in my vocabulary
Feel free to join my Happy Words of Wisdom Facebook Group! : )
Amazing Things I've Seen or Done:
flew to the other side of the world, alone before I'd even lived alone!
threw half of my around the world ticket in the bin.
after winning a pool competition I did a skydive for free!
a 15 metre Waterfall jump! - Never again! I hurt my back and couldn't walk properly for 2 weeks!!
slept in car for over 3 months in Australia
and another 3 months in NZ!
helped build a 5 car convoy travelling together down the west coast of Australia
flew around the world alone
paid for no accommodation from June 2010 to June 2011!
cooked very few meals during 2010, now I cook all the time! and love it!
drank no alcohol whilst travelling for over 4 years!
never taken any drugs nor cigarettes
got five QUALITY bicycles for free!
worked over 22 jobs in Oz
driven over 100,000km around Australia and New Zealand
Taken over 4000 "good" photos in 2009 and 2010
met and got guitar picks for some of my favourite bands! Including Muse, Stereophonics, Alice Cooper, Porcupine Tree, Amon Amarth, Demians, Lamb of God, Lacuna Coil, Elbow, Riverside and Alestorm :D
went Scuba diving THREE times!
Over 14 months in New Zealand I managed to stay at no hostels!
slept on top of a mountain through a cold March night near Kare Kare, North Island West Coast, New Zealand. Without a sleeping bag, tent or coat! It was COLD!! We broke off branches and huddled together to try to keep warm! Tough night!
went to an Olympic Semi Final at Manchester United's Old Trafford Football Stadium to see the USA beat Canada in an exciting 4-3 battle! Best thing about it was the fact that both teams consisted of beautiful women! :D
Couchsurfing has changed and is changing my life!
Awesome people of the world unite!
Member since 2008
VISITED: France, Scotland, Spain, Wales
TRAVELED: Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
LIVED: England, Australia, New Zealand
MAY VISIT/TRAVEL/LIVE IN : Canada, Costa Rica, Nepal, South Africa, Vienna - Austria, Utrecht & Amsterdam - Netherlands, Rome - Italy, Berlin - Germany (again :)... Rio de Janeiro - Brazil...
Malaga, Manchester, Alicante, Manchester, Benidorm, Manchester, Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Surrethami, Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Skydive, Helicopter, Auckland, Christchurch, Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, London, Munich, Manchester, Paris, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland
Vouched for 4 times
40 Couchsurfing friends
31 Positive 0 Neutral 0 Negative 3 From Hosts 10 From Surfers 8 Traveling
From Nathalie Le Borgne-Fernández Figeac Midi-Pyrenees, France
I met Pete at the Youth Hostelling of Darwin where I was staying.We played snooker with other friends.
I spent a really nice evening with them.
Pete is an open-minded guy.He is both an explorer and an English gentleman.
I highly trust him.
From Adrienne Van Rossum Port Alice, B.C., Canada
Happy Pete! This guy helped me out when I was stuck in a rut! One of the
friendliest guys I know. He is always up for an adventure, and will
standout in any crowd! Pete you just let me know when you come to Canada,
you are always welcome!
From Stephane Midon Paris, France
Pete is a fun tall happy guy who like to try everything he can! Respectfull and open, good company! Good luck with the Kiwis!
From Molly George Glasgow, Scotland
After bumping into Pete at Small World festival in Kent while we helped a lady with her stall and tried to find me a ride to London, he instantly offered me his couch in Manchester, to which I could not refuse! He broke my phobia of bike riding by taking me to critical mass where we had THE BEST time dancing with fellow massers. As much as I didn't stay at your house, you were the catalyst for my incredible time in Manchester and I am so glad I met you. Ill be home at the end of february, come and hang with me man!
From Allard Zwart Amsterdam, Netherlands Nov 17
MR Happy! Is happy most of the time. He is overflowing with positive energy and is constantly busy doing things, like eating banana's and trying to sell a car. Very interesting guy to be with and have as a friend. Had the best time with him on Australia's west coast.
From Kevin Ashforth Toronto, Canada Oct 14
Petey is a happy go lucky bloke who is always keen for a good time and makes for great company.
From TURBINE Munich, Germany Oct 12
There's some people with which you instantly click. There's some people who carry their own good vibes radiostation. There's also people who can reach the top shelves when you cannot. Happy Pete is all of the above... and so much more!
From Guilherme Henrique Coimbra, Portugal Oct 10
Pete had host me and an italian csurfer. It was really good and he take us to know a different Manchester while we stayed there. It was amazing. Thanks man!
From Mehran Munich, Germany Oct 9
I have met Pete Rustage at the Oktoberfest in Munich as a tall guy with long hair and a big smile on his face. I was impressed about the impact of his positive aura on me and on others. Most of the people have only a small comfort zone, but not Pete. His comfort zone is the whole world, or in other words, everywhere everytime with everyone. He has written a little book; you have to read it if you want to understand him better. It is amazing to share time with him, especially for people who are open minded. He motivated me to join the couch surfing community. Thank you Pete.
From Ricardo Ayala Brussels, Belgium Oct 7
An amazingly wonderful, beautiful and fantabulous person! Really good fun, interested and interesting!!!
Surfing Mr Happy's couch was also an insightful chance to access his words-of-wisdom notebook (facts of wisdom, too) which touched my mind and my soul: spiritual sustenance on a corporal sustenance table. Also, the time I spent with Pete was a great way to knowing Manchester differently, by riding a £10 cycle : )
Thank you very much, Pete.
From TAJNAT Vienna, Austria Oct 5
Being with you is so much fun! I really enjoyed every moment. Thank you, tall man from Manchester, for every odd, confusing, amazing and inspiring moment. I'm still fascinated by the impact your permanently good mood has on people. Next time let's find out if Vienna is ready for Mr Happy!
From Laura S. A Coruna, Spain Oct 1
his nickname does him justice, he really is smiling 24/7. he hosted me for a couple of days in Manchester, took me cycling and showed me around the city. and it was good fun watching him interact with the ladies at the bbc reception desk :) hope you get that free tour soon, or the job!
From Julian and Brianne Arnold Yellowknife, Canada Sep 29
I thought I was used to being the centre of attention travelling in remote place in Asia but try walking around with this friendly giant, who's smile never leaves his face who wears a "Mr Happy" tshirt during a Malaysia festival weekend where you are the only three foreigners on the beach and THEN you will know what being the centre of attention is like. One of the best random encounters so far! :D
From Diana Tortora Patane Rome, Italy Sep 12
Happy Pete!! =) His name describes him very well. He's a little nuts, the type everyone would enjoy laughing with =)
Hope to share more crazy and fun moments with him =)
From Caglar Ariz Eskisehir, Turkey Sep 1
Pete was one of my easist, happiest hosts! He hosted me and my gf for 3 days in Manchester and we enjoyed it quite a lot! He let us borrow his bikes and took us a comedy show and he even cooked for us! Pete and his flatmate are great friendly people! Pete definetely has the spirit!! You better see it by yourself! Hope to meet again!
From Dawn-n-Phillip Together Beijing, China Aug 19
Pete is an energetic, upbeat guy who really is in the moment. We loved the midnight ride around the place he calls home! The food was pretty cool too! Thanks for everything.
From Tito Della Rosa Rome, Italy Aug 12
Of sure Pete will be the host who most I will remember, 'cause he has been my first host in Couchsurfing.
You have left in me, a great desire to do, other experiences CS. Pete is a really funny and friendly; he told me and showed me photos about his many experiences about the world. Thanks to you, I have a new life philosophy...NO CRAZY NO FUN!!
From Yasuyo Tatebe New York, United States Aug 9
Pete and I explored Manchester together. It was a lovely English day and we went to China town, Manch gigs on the street and historical building tours. Fortunately our final destination was Old Trafford stadium to see USA vs Canada. Nice weather, good conversation, and great match. I enjoined to travel with Pete!
From Joao Godinho Oliveira Manchester, England Aug 6
Pete is an amazing person that knows how to live life: with a smile!
He is a person that when you know him, you feel your desires to get free to grow. I surely recommend some time with Pete, and I will look forward to me in some activities with him. :)
From Guillem Casoliva London, England Aug 6
I celebrated the Pete's Birthday and it was awesome. He became a perfect host! He introduce me his friends, he invited me a dinner and breakfast. We had fun all the night. What's more, he has some many great stories to tell about the South Seas... ask him!!!
From Carol Jones Bury, England Aug 5
”a man of many stories!”
From Ariel de Gatica Malaga, Spain Aug 4
The happiest person I have met ever. Nice, funny, and really hospitalary ;D
From syiqin Shukri Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 3
Pete is a very interesting person with a very positive attitude towards life :)It was a pleasure to meet & travel around with him
From Doyle81 London, England Oct 22, 2011
We worked on a bike together with he is making up for someone special! well nice !!
From Philippe Pilon-Choquette Gatineau, Canada Oct 19, 2011
”you won't find happier than Mr. Happy!”
From Frazer Kirkman Adelaide, Australia Sep 23, 2011
Mr Happy is awesome. He not only walks his talk, he sings it and dances it. I'm so glad I met him, and I hope I get a chance to inspire him some day.
From Thomas Fallon Auckland, New Zealand Sep 13, 2011
”very friendly and outgoing!”
From Jan Beste Groningen, Netherlands May 14, 2011
We went on a roadtrip to Piha in his car and it was just sweet as! Thanks for the nice time, mate!
From Madeleine Radke Brisbane, Australia Feb 22, 2011
I first met Pete years ago when we were both living in West End. We caught up at a bunch of parties around QLD, shenanigans and headbanging and singalongs ensued. We kept in touch and i ended up on a roadtrip with him headed south from Brisbane to Melbourne and the Rainbow Serpent Festival. Pete was an awesome no-plans, no-worries travel companion, and we saw many amazing things and people and places on our trip. Fair and honest to travel with, we held up alright under some strenuous (disaster zone) situations and made it out the other side. Thanks for the ride Pete, see you in NZ sometime :D Much love for this man, the infamous Mr Happy
From Gin Shulist Toronto, Canada Jan 14, 2011
Pete is so full of energy and creativity and wonder. He is a free spirit with a genuine sense of curiosity and a deep love of music. He is resourceful, passionate, and always eager to make new friends. His enthusiasm for life is contagious!
From Leonardo Rossi Castagneto Carducci, Italy Nov 19, 2010
”Pete is God”
From Simon Clarkson Fremantle, Australia Nov 12, 2010
Pete is multitalented - an air guitar champion, Deejay, carsalesman, computer guru, personal motivation expert and he has a diary to compete with Samuel Pepys and what he hasn't written down he has a film or a photo of it ! You host just Pete but you get so much more..
My first CouchSurfer t-shirt :D
For my sister, Heather
My second CouchSurfer t-shirt
by Park Loong Yus, Melacca Malaysia 2012
Melacca Malaysia 2012
by my Auntie Jane Miller 2013
by Jim Connolly 2012
Touched an iceberg near Mt Cook in New Zealand
Ridden elephants in Thailand and Malaysia
Stroked tigers in Thailand
Bamboo rafting in Thailand
If you're under 31 and saved a fair bit of dosh, I highly recommend going to Australia and New Zealand on a working holiday visa.
Travelling was probably the best decision of my life so far : )
Currently loving and promoting:
Cycling - I found a bike on gumtree and it was delivered within 20 minutes for only a tenner!
Critical Mass - A monthly bike social in over 400 cities around the world!
Feel free to join my Facebook groups:
Free Network UK
Free Network NZ
Happy Words of Wisdom
Pete's Product promotion
Madbinton Warrington (Badminton)
Blue Mountains National Park
Noosa National Park
Katherine, Northern Territory
Litchfield National Park
Wyndham, Western Australia
Karijini National Park
Great Ocean Rd
Adelaide, South Australia
KareKare, Fairy Falls, Piha, Bay of Islands, Paihaia, Russell, Waitekere, Waihe, Coromandel, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Waterworks, Hunua Falls, Rotorua - Kerocene Creek Falls and mud pools, Waikite Thermal Pools Campsite, Karangahake Gorge, Tane Mahuta - Lord of the Forest - Big Kauri trees, Rangetoto - volcano, Waiheke Island, Rainbows End Theme Park, Bridal Veil Falls, Mt Maunganui, Taupo, Hot Water Beach, Craters of the Moon mountain biking, Huka Falls, Kiwi Burn Festival, Tongariro Crossing, Napier, Hastings Forest and Clear Lakes, Wellington, Te Papa Museum, Mechanical Tempest, Botanic Gardens, New Plymouth, Mt Taranaki (Egmont)...
Christchurch, Taylor's Mistake, Arthurs Pass, Greymouth, Punakaiki, Pancake Rocks and Geysers, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Wanaka - Check out Wanaka Wastebusters Recycling centre!, Queenstown see bookme.co.nz Milford Sound, Fyordland National Park, Mount Cook, Pelorous Bridge Camp Ground, Golden Bay - Go to a gig at the Mussell Inn! Campsite down the road, and visit Tribullman!, Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson, Picton
3 days Kuala Lumpur China Town
1 day Batu Caves,
1/2 day Kuala Selangor
1/2 day Teluk Intan
1/2 day Ipoh
5 days Cameron Highlands
4 days Georgetown, Penang
1/2 day Alor Star
3 days Lang Kawi
3 days Kota Bharu, Kelantan
5 days Perhentian Islands
1/2 day Kuala Terengganu
1/2 day Kuantan, Pahang - Teluk Cempedek
5 days Taman Negara
1 day Jerantut
1/2 day Bentong, Pahang,
1 day Genting Highlands
1 day Kuala Lumpur
4 days Melaka
5 days Sungai Rambai
Try to leave your big backpack with someone in the city of the airport,
Be friendly/speak to everyone who gives good vibes,
Especially locals at food places,
Hitch-hike using your arms!
Rent a bike/motorbike -
be careful! Insurance doesnt usually cover you,
Eat & drink as much as possible,
Especially at busy local markets,
In hot climate, smother yourself in sunscreen every morning, shower whenever possible,
visit tourist information whenever you're passing and get some postcards :)
Draw ALL over maps and encourage others to do so too ;D
Save postal addresses so you can send postcards at any time : )
Check out Free Network!
Here's a bucketlist I have started to complete : )
In Darwin I introduced a couple (Neil & Bex) who then went on a road trip together, got married and had a baby boy!!!
In the Taman Negara Rainforest I went trekking, alone, for 3 days!
Over the past SEVEN years I’ve not watched TV!
swam with sharks, turtles and tropical fish, fed wild dolphins, stroked a pink dolphin, and spotted wild hump back whales.
discovered new places, people, animals, cultures, games, music, meditation, cooking techniques, food! and much much more including Mr Happy! within myself : )
realised my childhood dreams
left my mark in graffitti - on a caravan at Woodford Folk Festival!
been on some of the worlds biggest rollercoasters including the Pepsi Max Big one, and Kuala Lumpur's indoor rollercoaster
own a pointless collection - train tickets
captured the moment in some of my photographs : )
one volcano I climbed in New Zealand I got a piece of it and it erupted on my birthday!
after winning a pool competition in Cairns I jumped out of a perfectly good aeroplane to do Australia's highest Skydive - 14,000ft with a 60 second freefall!
met some of my idols including Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth
stayed in the best suite in a five star hotel - Singapore at the top of a skyscraper with a swimming pool and a grand piano with a 360 view of the entire country!
scored a hole in one in golf
quite often I get free upgrades on planes thanks to being tall! :D
seen Kauri trees with 16m girths!
been scuba diving at the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier reef and in a swimming pool in Kakadu National Park!!!
seen in the wild: Tasmanian devil, Wombat, Emu, Vulture, Snake, Elephant, Koala, Monkey, Penguin, Kangaroo, Crocodile, Eagle, Sealions, Emus, and shooting stars!
bathed in a hot thermal waterfall
seen both Solar and Lunar eclipses in Thailand and England
lived in many places I love
left many jobs although didnt really 'hate' any of them
driven a car at top speed - My $400 Ford Falcon at 100mph!
been part of a flash mob - Manchester a 200 people long walking queue winding around the city centre for half an hour stopping traffic and baffling the masses :D
visited some of the world's most famous land-marks including the Sydney opera house and the Great barrier reef
saved someones life - A friend was really struggling in rough waters off the coast of Broome, Australia
In various languages I can say hello, thank you, please, and goodbye - In Malay, German, and French : )
had adventurous sex ;P
spent Christmas on the beach - In Queensland with distant relatives!
been skinny dipping at midnight - South Australia
visited some of the worlds tallest buildings - The Petronas Towers / KLCC in Malaysia's capital
conquered a fear, by jumping off a 15 metre waterfall! Although I wouldnt do it again! - I hurt my back!
own an original aboriginal work of art
lived out of vehicles in Australia and New Zealand : )
I'm yet to:
Complete a book, I've done a mini one though!
Win an award, trophy or prize , apart from Speedkarting ;)
Catch a fish with bare hands - I doubt that's gonna happen!
Throw a house party when parents are out - Ad above
Learn an instrument - I liked drums in High School...
Storm-chase a tornado - Would be fun!
Get a piece of art into an exhibition - In Malaysia I was introduced to batik : )
Meet someone with my own name
Ride the worlds biggest rollercoasters
Stage dive or crowd surf - It's quite surprising that I've not done this yet!
Get into the Guinness Book of World Records - Apparently, I was the first white person in some Malaysian temples!
Study the Karma Sutra and put theory into practice - Good times gonna come! ; )
Master Poker and win big in a casino
Get backstage and get off with a rock goddess
Be a human guinea pig
Go up in a hot air balloon
Get arrested - For being too happy?
See a space shuttle launch
Bungee jump - I nearly did one dressed as a cow :) and I nearly did New Zealands highest although didnt wanna pay $250!
See an erupting volcano - I may have seen one although it looked similar to a sugar cane / bush fire
Experience weightlessness - I've done trampolining! ; P
See the aurora borealis - Must see!
Design my own cocktail - It'd have to be a fruity mocktail
Play a part in my favourite tv show...
Visit every country - I'd have to travel for the rest of my life to try to attempt this!
Make fire without matches - I've used a flint before ;P
See the following animals in the wild: Panda, Rhino, Hippo, Polar bear, Humming bird, Giraffe, Manatee, Gorilla, Lion, Tiger, Orangutan, Grizzly bear, Coelacanth fish - Gotta be done!!!!
Go to the dogs
Be friends with my ex :/
Throw a dart into a map and travel to where it lands
Attend a film premiere
Do a runner from a fancy restaurant - But that's robbery!!! : /
Milk a cow - I nearly did this! I also nearly drove a tractor!
Be present when my country wins the world cup
Write my name over a star on the walk of fame - Isn't that graffitti!?
Learn another language - I want to live with someone who wants to learn English so we can reciprocate
Read the greatest Books ever written - May happen in my older years!
Complete a coast to coast roadtrip across the USA - Very tempting!
Make at least one huge purchase you cant afford
Score the winning goal/try/basket
Gatecrash a fancy party - I was lucky to get into a nightclub in Singapore!
See the all-time greatest films
Take part in a police line-up
Get away with the perfect practical joke or hoax
Join the mile high club
Make the front page of a National Newspaper- I could Photoshop this ;P
Shout 'Drinks are on me' in a pub or bar - I shout cakes and cookies are on me at work :) Does this count? : )
Visit:- The worlds most famous landmarks Colloseum - Rome, Uluru -Australia, Machu Picchu - Peru, The Pyramidsat Giza - Egypt, Christ the Redeemer - Rio de Janeiro, Taj Mahal - Delhi, Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, Grand Canyon - Arizona, Angkor Wat - Cambodia, The Great Wall of China - Gotta try this!
Invent a word that makes it into the dictionary
Have enough money to do everything on this list
Stand on the international date line
Learn to fly a plane - I was one of the best or shall we say most addicted Xbox players in Europe so surely I can master a plane!
Get a tattoo and/or piercing - Although I say that's like putting a bumper sticker on a Ferrari...
Invent something - I'm sure I've invented MANY things : )
Learn astronomy and read the night sky
Drink a vintage wine
Answer a personal ad
Get barred from a pub or bar, I got kicked out once as I was wearing my backpack, turned around and knocked someones pint over!
Build your own house - I nearly did this!
Sell all your junk on eBay and make a profit - I already gave most of it to charity!
Visit more of the worlds tallest buildings
Run a marathon
Get married unusually - My ex boss and her partner married as Little Red Riding Hood and a Pirate :D
Join the 16 mile high club
Publish a cult website - This newsletter has turned into a website!
Complete the monopoly board pub crawl
Get something named after me
Be an extra in a film - I was nearly an elf in the Hobbit!
Go on a demonstration - If I couldve parked my car in the CBD I wouldve been part of the 'Occupy' protest.
Reach 100 years of age - I'll have long white hair and a long white beard : )
Continue my gene pool
I was lucky enough to miss the Christchurch Earthquake JUST (by 3 days thanks to choosing Auckland), missed the Perth fires JUST, and missed the Brisbane, AND Melbourne floods JUST, AND missed the Melbourne 40+ degree summer JUST! missed a tornado in Auckland JUST! AND missed the cyclone in Cairns! :D
On the Tongoriro Crossing I hiked for 12 hours and decided to climb an extra volcano in the middle, one of the toughest climbs I've done yet! Even though it was a lovely sunny day, I managed to collect snow in the crater using a waterbottle! I brought a bit of solidified magma home with me and on my birthday, this volcano erupted!!!
Surfing the ash avalanch down the mountain was scary!! HUGE boulders came hurtling down behind me!
I recorded a video up at the top of the volcano with steam coming out :D