Ian is an adventurer, award-winning travel writer and motivational speaker. His biggest adventure to date was the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport, a journey of thirteen months and 25,000 miles. The book, Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport, is published in ebook and paperback.

In addition Ian has travelled the length of the Sri Lanka’s longest river, walked the coast of the Isle of Man and the length of Hadrian’s Wall, and travelled through Scandinavia using a guidebook dating from the 1960s. His most recent adventure saw him travelling through North Africa and Italy retracing the steps of his great uncle during World War II, while he will soon set off to walk 1,000 miles through Bangladesh.

He was runner-up in National Geographic Traveller (UK)‘s travel writing competition in 2013, and more recently chosen to contribute to two Bradt travel anthologies: Bus-Pass Britain Rides Again and Roam Alone. He has also written for magazines including Adventure Travel, online and in print.

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Why encircleafrica.org?

Encircle Africa was Ian’s biggest adventure to date. Not only that, it was the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport!

In short, Ian visited 31 countries, and travelled a minimum 25,000 miles (40,000 kms) over 13 months using transport only available to local populations. There was no back-up team to get Ian out of sticky situations.

You can discover more about the expedition on the dedicated Encircle Africa page of this website, and get signed copies of Ian’s travelogue via the shop page.