SAM JOHNSON

I’ve been obsessed with travel for my entire life. Some of my earliest memories involve poring over maps and travel guides and losing myself in dreams of distant lands. Fuelled by the pictures in guidebooks and the exotic names of far-flung islands, I spent my childhood exploring the coastline and parks around my town and arriving home well past my curfew. 

 

At the age of 24 and bored with my life in small-town England, I found myself craving a challenge. After quitting my job and selling everything I owned, I bought a campervan for £1,000 and hit the road in October 2011 with £500 in my pocket and no real plan other than to see as much of the world as possible.

 

Since then, I’ve taken my love of climbing across Europe in search of climbing destinations, whether in the mountains of the Alps or on the sun-kissed sea cliffs of Spain, all while living out of vans that I converted myself for less than a few thousand pound each.

 

Five years, three campervans and thousands of miles across two continents later, I am ready to take on a new challenge.

 

In April 2017, I set off on the trip of a lifetime — one of the hardest trips I’ll ever take — swapping four wheels for two as I attempt to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. For the next three years, I’ll travel to around 35 countries across five continents, cycling approximately 52,000km while trying to live on less than £10 a day. Why? I’m an avid climber, trekker and mountaineer, and am ready for something new. I’ve been a climbing instructor for 10 years and always enjoyed the freedom of cycling. Plus, I’m still obsessed with travel and intrigued by the people who share this beautiful planet.

 

There is also another reason as to why I’m doing the trip. I’ll be attempting to raise £50,000 for UNICEF UK before my return to the UK in 2021. For 70 years, UNICEF have been there for children in danger after being created in 1946 to help protect children after World War 2 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the basis of all of their work. Today they are still helping children in some of the world’s most dangerous places. I’ve been incredibly lucky in my life so far, having been very fortunate to travel the world, and I feel its about time I do my bit to give something back. You can help me reach my target of raising £50,000 for Unicef by donating here at my JustGiving Page or learn more about what Unicef do here.