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

What about getting ill?

Let me explain my theory. When cycling around the world, a cyclist’s body comes into contact with new bacteria gradually. That means there are few shocks to the system and consequently few bouts of traveller’s diarrhoea and vomiting. Added to this, the cyclist who feeds himself properly and gives himself adequate time to rest will have superior fitness and immune system to those making a similar trip by backpack simply due to the regular, controlled exercise he participates in daily. In short, I think a cyclist has less chance of falling ill than regular travellers.

As far as more serious diseases go, I have all the recommended vaccinations and they seem to have worked so far. In the early months of my trip I developed some nasty blisters on my legs which forced me to rethink how best to feed myself and I’ve certainly had my fair share of bumps, cuts, bruises and grazes. Overall though, I’d say I get ill far less often nowadays than I did when I lived in the UK.