Alastair Humphreys contacted us a few weeks ago asking if we would like to feature him on our site. After checking out his personal blog, and seeing everything he had done with his life – we really couldn’t say no!
This guy is a TRUE adventurer: traveling around the world on a bike for 4 years, walking through iceland & india, racing across the Atlantic – to name just a few things.
He has also published 3 books and works as a motivational speaker which has included helping the England Rugby Team.
We are really pleased and excited to feature Alastair on our site and hope you check out his blog: www.alastairhumphreys.com to really get yourself inspired to explore the world.
Guest Post: Alastair Humphreys. Not including all the big, valuable lessons that long journeys in foreign land teach you (independence, humility, gratitude, sociability, flexibility, patience, self-confidence and so on), here are ten simple things I learned while cycling round the world:
1) The Middle East was one of the kindest, most welcoming regions I have visited.
Not only do people consider it polite to share food with strangers, they actually give the guest all that he can eat before even beginning to think about themselves.
2) This proved to me that preconceptions are dangerous – most countries are not. Lay aside your preconceptions and go visit almost any place on Earth. You’ll be positively surprised.
3) I would never go back to Egypt as a normal tourist: I found the tourist areas to be extremely annoying, whereas the non-touristy places were far more relaxing, genuine, and interesting.
4) Being cold is worse than being hot. Unless you are too hot and therefore dreaming of snow. I think the real answer to this conundrum is that the preference lies in that which you are not currently enduring.
5) “Mealie meal”, “pap”, “sadza”, “nsima”, “ugali”: call it what you wish, but the staple maize meal of Eastern and Southern Africa will never win a recipe contest.
6) Georgian food, on the other hand, is wonderful. Arriving into Georgia after a grim few months of a Central Asian / Soviet diet of fat noodles and greasy lamb was a revelation! Khachapuri saved my soul.
7) Communication is king. The single best thing about the year or so I spent in Latin America was getting good enough at Spanish (mas o menos) to be able to talk properly to people.
8 ) America has a lot of critics, and for many good reasons. But spending 6 months there made me conclude that I would prefer to have an American hegemony than any of the other main candidates (China, Russia, India, the Ummah).
9) I love travelling through China, Russia, India, the Ummah. So don’t get mad at me for point number 8! In fact I could make a good argument for these four regions to be ranked as the most fascinating places in the world to visit.
10) In Bulgaria nodding your head means “no” whilst shaking it from side to side means “yes” – what else can you say? :p this of course lead to some very interesting interactions during my time there.
You can read more about Alastair’s adventures & lifestyle on his blog: www.alastairhumphreys.com
Finally check out this video lecture Alastair did for DoLectures below – contains heaps of great value!