Blog – My favourite travel stories of the week

Welcome to a new Naked Eye Travel feature: ‘My favourite travel stories of the week’.
This will be a ‘exactly what it says on the tin’ section looking at the most interesting, inspiring or inventive travel blog posts or stories I’ve read in the last week.
Every Sunday I’ll share my favourite stories with you. Sometimes it will be four or five pieces, sometimes just one and, doubtless, sometimes I will completely forget.
I hope you enjoy these articles as much as I did…

The boy and the bike which could survive anything… besides MK

This is the incredible story of Matt Amery, who travelled across large chunks of Asia on a whim.
Bored in his teaching job in Shanghai he decided to make his way home to Milton Keynes in England – by bike.
Matt cycled from western China into Kyrgyzstan, through Tajikistan, along the Afghan border, across Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and even into Iran and northern Iraq. From there he visited Eastern Turkey, travelled along the Syrian border and eventually reached Istanbul, where – after ten months in the saddle – he decided to finally fly back home.
A picture gallery of his trip is also well worth a look.

A family who set off to India with their two children to save the tiger

The Thinking Nomads website brought me this fascinating story of a family who dropped everything to tackle life in India.
It is a bit of an oldie – written in November 2011 – but no less inspirational for that.
Geoff and Cherrie Whittle’s quest to save the tiger and tame their own wild sides is told in an interview with the couple themselves.

An Interview with Lee Abbamonte, the Youngest American to Visit Every Country in the World

The brilliant Nomadic Matt brings the story of Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country in the world.
Again in interview format, this piece reveals how Lee completed his epic task at the age of 32 by visiting Libya at the time Qaddafi was being overthrown.

Sleeping rickshaw driver, Hoi An, Vietnam

This is a simply brilliant picture – and accompanying story – by Erica Buist of an exhausted rickshaw driver in Vietnam.
His leap back into life when a customer arrives completes a piece that brings new meaning to grabbing 40 winks.

> Pictured: St Lucia. For more images of this West Indian paradise island check out our picture slideshow.


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