How To Free Your Inner Adventurer

There are, broadly speaking, two categories of Big Adventure. Category One is the “blank slate” journey. It begins with a wholesome hatred of present circumstances; an acknowledgement of the stagantion of the protagonist’s life. This loathing catalyses a full-bodied response: burn each and every bridge, dispose of all tangible reminders…

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The Cycle Traveller Who’s Going Nowhere (Plus, Upcoming Screening Events)

You know what I love most about this fantastic little film? (Do watch it.) It’s the fact that what our protagonist has unwittingly done is exactly the same as embarking upon a really long bike trip. The only difference is that he never leaves his home city. (But then if…

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Microadventure: Past Journeys, Lost Memories & Future Projects (Part 4)

This is the final part of an account of touring the Netherlands and the UK by recumbent bike. Start at the beginning. Two things surprised me when I woke up in a damp polo field in Cambridgeshire. The first was that even though a damp polo field in Cambridgeshire would sound…

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Talking bicycle travel (and more) on Roz Savage’s Adventure Podcast

Last week I was honoured to be invited as a guest on a new adventure podcast series hosted by Roz Savage, ocean rower extraordinaire and all-round legend, cunningly entitled Roz Savage’s Adventure Podcast. (iTunes link / RSS link.) My incomprehensible burblings comprised the series’ 7th episode, which has so far…

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Microadventure: Naivety, Uphill Battles & Small Victories in Adventure Travel (Part 3)

This is Part Three of an account of touring the Netherlands and the UK by recumbent bike. Start at the beginning. In pitch darkness I pedalled away from the port, waving goodbye to the three Londoners I’d met on the ferry. Decked out in woefully inappropriate attire – tweed, a…

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