I started blogging around 2005 as a way to share travel experiences. In more recent years it has evolved to include other topics and other kinds of article. Travel has been a big part of my experience hence I have written plenty about it. After a bike trip across the Highlands of Scotland in 2006, I wrote up a journal of the trip. This sparked an ongoing interest in journal writing.
In 2007 I went on a bike tour to cycle around the world with some mates, keeping a blog, shooting film footage and images. The process of documenting whilst travelling resulted in an interest in digital media and editing. We didn’t make it round the world but what happened instead was most certainly more interesting. This was entirely due to our shared approach to travel, which was to accept every invitation for hospitality. This lead to an incredible number of wonderful side adventures.
My bike travels led me to Tbilisi, Georgia at first in 2008, then in 2009 I partnered with a local guide to run bike tours. This along with a need to earn money to continue travelling led to an interest in “micro-business”. I used my technical skills to make websites and do photography to earn some travel money.
After a further cycle tour in Mongolia in 2010, I returned to the UK and studied a Masters in Design Critical Practice from Goldsmiths in London, due to a long-held desire to study the arts and an inspiration for further learning from the travelling. This study experience also influenced my writing and thinking as I was introduced to concepts like design thinking. Whilst in London I met an artist who put me in contact with the Joya Arte E Ecologia artist residency in Spain. I left London in 2014 and went there to volunteer as artist and technical coordinator. In 2015 I did a environment-themed expedition, Bajada, walking a dry watercourse from mountains to the sea.
I spent further time in Georgia on the mountain bike tours after that but in 2016 I returned back to live permanently in the UK where it’s certainly not been a quiet time with family life taking over. I ran my own design business for a couple of years until taking a full time role in 2018. As of 2022, over the past couple of years I have been focussed on innovation and technology.
I’ve written a series of books about my travel experiences
- The Only Man to Cycle from Stoke Albany to Kathmandu - special edition version including cycle tours across Europe and Asia
- Weave of the Ride
- Between Worlds - The Promise of the Road
- Scotland Bikepacking ‘06
- Prepare, Pack, Pedal - A Practical Guide to Cycle Touring
- Open Wilderness Guiding Book
- Mountain Biking Routes in The Republic of Georgia
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