Alastair Humphreys Travel Articles

My Letter from America (May 2004) – United States
Al is amazed at the diversity within the USA, but is worried that the rest of the world can only base its impressions on the voice and actions of one man.
Cycling through California (April 2004) – California
Disappointed with LA, Al continued north to San Francisco and another icon of his journey, the Golden Gate Bridge.
Phoenix to LA (March 2004) – Arizona and California
In most of the world Al is riding a heavily-laden bicycle and therefore he is very rich. In the USA he is riding a heavily-laden bicycle and therefore he is very poor.
Blantyre, Malawi to Francistown, Botswana (7 August 2002)
For the first time ever Al surprises and disappoints himself by being too squeamish to take advantage of an extremely cheap and dinner-party-conversation-enhancing foodstuff: boiled mice on sticks. Wh
Dar Es Salaam to Blantyre, Malawi (July 2002)
Tanzania was fun - a gentle, pleasant and amusing country and people: a country that calls roundabouts "keepy-a-lefty's". Now it's on to Malawi a country trapped in a spiralling famine, due party to a
Some Thoughts on Foreign Aid
There is a knee-jerk reaction in Ethiopia: a white person equals money. Foreign aid has undoubtedly saved lives in Ethiopia, but is it also breeding a culture where the Ethiopians want to be rich, but
An Ode to a Bicycle
After 20,000 miles across more than 30 nations and four continents, Rita is no more. Al now has a new bike and needs a name. Any ideas?
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya (late April 2002)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya (late April 2002) As Al moves into Kenya from Ethiopia, he reflects on the serious image problem that afflicts Ethiopia. He encourages you to go see it for yourself before everyone else does!
Nairobi, Kenya (8 May 2002)
After determining that the Democratic Republic of Congo might be a "bit iffy", Al is taking some loafing time in Nairobi before he gets back on the bike to Tanzania.
Moshi, Tanzania (26 May 2002)
Nine months of cycling without music has been too much of a challenge for Al. He asks what would be your soundtrack for a trip around the world? Also, Al will be avidly watching the World Cup from an