Personal records


  • Countries visited: 47
  • Collective days on the road: now uncountable, around 1500 days.
  • Hottest temperature: 53 degress Celcius in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • Most consecutive days of free accommodation:  214 days (Europe trip 2012, ending on my first night in Morocco)

           Hitchhiking records
  • Longest distance: Approximately 680km. From the border of the Western Sahara, through Mauritania, across the border of Senegal - with Abdililah the trucker [link]
  • Longest wait: 3 hours. In Milan, Italy. Gave up and got the train...didn't have enough time to wait.
  • Shortest wait: No wait...got picked up just as I was getting my sign out my backpack, hitching from Sheffield to Leeds (UK). Picked up by three Muslim girls in Sarees and sat with an inflatable doll on my knee.
  • Top speed: to be confirmed
  • Bottom speed:  4 miles/hour on a donkey cart in Rosso, Senegal [link]
  • Most interesting rides: Hitching on the top of a truck for three days through Guinea [link] in Africa.

            My bucket list
  • Become fluent in another language
  •   Step foot on every continent  
  • Hitchhike on every continent
  •   Hitchhike in Africa  
  •   Busk with my ukulele  
  • Go to India
  • Train hop
  •   Learn to play an instrument  
  •   Work on a farm  
  • Write a book and get it published
  •   Dumpster dive  
  • See the northern lights
  • See the southern lights
  •   Donate my blood  
  •   Survive a disease  
  • Have my own vegetable garden
  • Become a vegan
  •   Get a tattoo  
  • Save a life
  • Hike up an active volcano
  •   Be part of a political movement  
  • Have dreadlocks
  • Cut all my hair off
  • Hitch a boat across an ocean
  • Hitch on a plane
  •   Be part of a flash mob  
  • Learn to dance Guinean African style
  •  Be a maid of honour at somebody's wedding
  • Learn to meditate
  • Cross a sea or travel the length of a river alone in a boat
  •   Sleep rough on the streets  
  • Go to Antarctica
  • Reach the north or south pole
  • Sky dive
  • Bungee jump
  • Go base jumping
  •   Join a bone marrow register  
  • Send a message in a bottle across an ocean
  •   Be on the front row of a pop music concert  
  •   Pet a chimpanzee  
  • Go scuba diving
  •   Be on TV  
  • Travel with a pet
  •   Go potholing/caving  
  •   Run a race  
  • Win a sports competition
  • Run and complete the desert marathon
  • Complete a triathlon
  • Teach English in a foreign country
  • Learn Thai boxing in Thailand
  • Go to China
  • Walk across an entire country
  • Work on an organic farm
  •   Fall in love  
  • Go to an opera
  • Go to Iceland
  • Develop my own NGO/charity
  • Adopt a child
  • Milk a cow
  •   Be present at the Olympics