What Happens When A Non-Cyclist Spends 3½ Years Travelling The World By Bicycle

When I tell people I rode a bicycle 15,000-odd miles across Europe, Africa and the Middle East for fun, but that I’m not a cyclist, I get some funny looks. I try to explain that it wasn’t thunderous thigh-muscles I wanted but visceral life experience, fresh out of university with…

Continued (13 comments) →

Why Travel By Bicycle, Anyway?

Why travel by bicycle, anyway? Is it even possible to provide an answer to a question saddled with so many possible distortions of meaning? Perhaps I should first explain all the things that I think “travel by bicycle” does not mean. In fact, let’s go even further back to basics…

Continued (12 comments) →

It was a summer’s day in 2006

It was a summer’s day in 2006 — was it really eight years ago? — and I was driving my dad’s Vauxhall Astra to my very first job interview. The position in question was for a database designer in a software house in Barnstaple, Devon. I was 22 years old with a…

Continued (5 comments) →

“Did you ever think that this would become your life?”

I received an email the other day from another long-term traveller about a project I’m currently working on. At the end of the email was the following: “P.S. When you set out on that first trip, did you ever think that this would become your life?” A damn good question…

Continued (21 comments) →

The Deeply Misunderstood Nature Of On-The-Road Hospitality

During a recent post-film Q&A, someone stood up and said: “You said you received a lot of hospitality wherever you went, and that people were always happy to give you food and shelter, even those with very little to give.” So far so good. “But didn’t you feel like you…

Continued (40 comments) →