December 2010: Traveling For 11 Years Straight

Waiting for the plane at the airportI can’t believe it’s been 11 years since I went off on my first long-distance travel adventure. I was 17-years-old at the time; had never spent a single day away from my friends, family and home; and I had no cycling or travel experience whatsoever. But things sure have changed over the years. Since my first bike trip in the year 2001, I’ve cycled across North America 6 different times, traveled to dozens of countries around the world, and learned a whole lot about myself, other people and the world in which we live.

2011 will be my 11th consecutive year of long-distance travel… and unlike my previous adventures, I’m going to South America this time around.

In fact, I’m on the airplane right now. I’m not flying to South America straight away, however. I’m flying to California to visit my friends and family for a couple days, and after that I’ll make my way south towards Lima, Peru for the start of my adventure. I’m super excited about this trip… and I’m even more excited to share my travels with you.

Over the next several months you are going to see the content here at change ever so slightly. I will continue to post product reviews, how-to articles and photo essays, but I also plan to post a number of updates from my travels in South America as well. These updates will be posted as they happen and will include: video featurettes, photo essays, stories from the road, interviews with people I meet on my travels, and a whole lot more!

The next time you hear from me I’ll be in Peru. In the meantime, tide yourself over by catching up on some of the latest articles and more from

Black Friday Deal – For Bicycle Touring Pro Readers Only

Over the Black Friday weekend I decided to bundle up all of my how-to products into one super-discounted package. The package includes all 4 or my bicycle touring/travel related information products (an $85 value) for only $47. The Black Friday weekend sale was such a success, I’ve decided to continue running the deal all the way until the New Year! So, if you are interested in learning how to conduct your own bicycle touring adventures, be sure to check out the “Get It All” package from Bicycle Touring Pro.

Ten Lessons From The Road

At age 24, Alastair Humphreys broke away from his life in England and spent the next four years riding his bicycle across four continents and eventually cycling all the way around the world. His book, “Ten Lessons From The Road” is a short, but simple reminder that you are capable of so much more. This inspirational and beautifully-designed book makes for a great gift and is a truly motivational read.

My Apartment In Tivat, Montenegro

Last year I spent 9 months traveling with my bicycle through 16 European countries. One of those countries was the tiny coastal national of Montenegro. While the country eventually grew on me, Monentegro was one of the most difficult places for me to adapt to. If you are interested in learning about my travels in Montenegro and how I went about renting an apartment here, be sure to check out this article.

Get Paid To Travel And Teach English

I get emails all the time from people who want to travel and experience new places, but they don’t know how to make the money necessary to fund their travel adventures. As I share in this brief article, one of the ways to afford International travel is to teach English in a foreign country. One of my college roommates taught English for two years in Japan, absolutely loved it, and make a lot of money in the process. It’s something just about anyone can do. Even you!

16 Photos Of Split, Croatia

The city of Split is the second largest city in all of Croatia (with Zagreb being the largest). The city lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and serves as both a popular tourist destination and a port to many of the nearby Adriatic islands that surround the area. I traveled to Split in April of 2009 before jumping on a ferry boat and traveling to the island of Korcula. Click here to see some of the photos I took while I was in Split.

3 Reasons You Should Carry Business Cards On Your Travels

If you plan to travel for an extended period of time, you might consider making yourself some business cards that you can pass out to the people you meet on your journey. Having a stack of customized business cards will not only make it easier for you to pass your information off to the people you’ve met while on your travels, but having your own business cards may also open you up to opportunities you may have not otherwise received. Here are three reasons you should be carrying business cards of some type with you on your travels.

The Lost Cyclist: Video Book Review

“The Lost Cyclist” is a true story about a young American cyclist by the name of Frank Lenz who, in the late 1800?s, sets off on a mission to cycle around the world and secure his place in the record books. Unfortunately, Frank never made it home. He successfully navigated his way 3/4 of the way around the globe and then went missing somewhere in the middle of Turkey. “The Lost Cyclist” is a book about Frank Lenz, the world-wide bicycle scene at this point in history, and a detailed account of just how much the world has changed since this incredible point in time over 100 years ago. To hear my thoughts on the book, click here to watch my video review.

Thanks again for being a part of the Bicycle Touring Pro community. The next time you hear from me I’ll be in Lima. Peru. Until then, make it a great one!


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