In March 2012, I left my home in Gloucestershire, UK, to cycle around the world. I have no idea how long this will take ...

Why are you travelling alone?

I cycle solo because I crave freedom in travel and another person usually restricts that freedom. I want to be able to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in an instant, to be able to stop cycling when I feel tired or grumpy, to eat at the street-food stall of my choosing. I am comfortable spending time with myself and privacy is important. I have been known to lock myself in several kindly Iranian’s toilets just to get a few moments peace from their good-natured questioning.

Despite all that, I have cycled with others in the past. Travelling with others is sometimes more enjoyable, cheap and sensible, but I wouldn’t say that’s often the case.