I like to think of myself as a travel writer, facilitator of empowerment, adventurer and cyclo-tourer. I’ve always had a thing for people and for development. I grew up on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales. At six I would visit the elderly in hospital to ask about their lives, and at 16 I was raising money to send wheelchairs to children in developing countries. When I left home at 17 to join the army, dads last words were ‘don’t join a cult’. I trained as an army officer in the Australian Defence Force, before having a pivotal experience in Nepal and subsequently travelling the world. I graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in development. I have explored over 50 countries, and in recent years, many of these by bicycle. I stood on Kala Pattar for Christmas, looked at the pyramids from the back of a camel, slept in the Gobi desert watching shooting stars, walked with a blind boy along the Camino de Santiago, made cheese in the Swiss alps, peered at my reflection in the salt flats of Bolivia and eaten with hill tribes in northern Thailand. I have become more hungry for life and it’s endless possibilities with each new experience. My next big life goal is to cycle around the world.