Although I had no initial intention of travelling for so long,
I was able to do so financially due to lending my life-savings
to a friend who was just starting a successful business. It was
also at a time when interest rates were high and the British pound
was strong. For seven years I lived on £300 per month which
covered all my expenses and even allowed me to save a little for
a couple of visits back to England for important family events.
I lived very frugally, staying in the cheapest accommodation or
free-camping and eating delicious food from street stalls. Hurrah
for internet banking which made managing my finances so easy!
for each country I passed through were obtained as I went, often
at the border when I got there. Some I had to pay for, some were
free. Things are changing in the world and I don’t know
whether travelling like this without obtaining visas in advance
is now possible. Go and find out!
Some South and Central American countries required vehicle insurance
which I purchased at the border, otherwise I did not have any.
adventures took me all over India, Pakistan (where I broke my
leg and was cared for for many weeks by a kind Pakistani family),
Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Australia,
Papua New Guinea, New Zealand (where I fell in love and worked
as a hospice nurse), Ecuador (when the love affair didn’t
work out), Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras,
Guatemala, Mexico and home rapidly via the US and Canada. I shipped
or flew myself and the Enfield over the seas but rode overland
whenever possible. Twice I thought I was going to die whilst on
small yachts with the bike: once when travelling from Malaysia
to Indonesia, and then in transit from Colombia to Panama; I slept
with a knife under my pillow when not on watch! In the Straits
of Malacca the boat was robbed by pirates at sea not long after
the five Indonesian castaways we’d rescued had been landed
in Malaysia. After that I vowed to stay on land which didn’t
mean I stuck to my word or that the rest of the seven year journey
back to Bristol was always smooth…
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