There’s been a slight change of plan.

I’m still in the UK, and an unexpected (but non-life-threatening) health issue needs to be resolved, meaning that I’m likely to remain here for at least the next four months. Needless to say, this was a difficult realization, but it has countless silver linings.

My health will be my priority for the foreseeable future, but I’m also looking forward to rediscovering the highways and byways of the British Isles (I’m sure I’m not the only one who, after long absence from the motherland, feels the urge to go and explore her own backyard as thoroughly as she did the plains and passes of Asia), making a brief cameo on the London courier circuit (starting tomorrow; lock up your daughters), and taking some time to reflect on (and write up) the experiences of the last couple of years.

I will be back on the road sometime, but I’m not yet sure when, and I’m not yet sure where I’ll be starting (Alaska? Vancouver? New York?), or which direction I’ll be going, which gives me a heady sense of freedom and potential. Curiously, I think I’m at my happiest when planning is kept to a minimum.

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  1. Posted April 15, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Well rock and roll, glad you are still kick’in it, happy at home. I have been meaning to write you. I got an e-mail about you and the WoW (WomenOnWheels) Wall. She wrote to say that your story in particular encouraged her to live out her dream of cycling UK to China via Iran and Pakistan. Thanks for being an inspiration. Feel better, stay well. Loretta

  2. Don
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Good to hear some news and I hope you are well on the mend. Will you continue to blog about your explorations in the UK? It would be interesting to contrast with your experiences abroad. Then again, you may want a complete break for a while! Either way, good luck with your recovery and future (minimal) plans!

  3. Posted April 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    It’s good to hear from you. Hope the health resolves itself speedily and with minimum fuss. If your meanderings take you near us, you know that you’re very welcome to come and stay :)

  4. Posted April 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Emily, I landed up here from Backpackology. I’m so thrilled to read about your adventures. I know I’m being selfish, but hope you continue writing and regaling us with your experiences. Keep safe and wishing you a speedy recovery :)

  5. Kira
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Wishing you speedy recovery. It’s always a pleasure to read your blog, whatever the turn of events. I’ll look out for you on these here London streets!

  6. William Jefferies
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink


    I hope you are ok. Good to see you writing and posting again. I really enjoy both how you write and what about. I don’t remember how I stumbled on your blogs but I’m very glad I did so.

    Eat lots of cake and get well soon.

    William + Yasmin

  7. andrea demsic
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Hello Emily,

    good to hearing from you! Hope you regain your health very soon again so that you can continue with your adventures. All the best for you and many greetings!

  8. John
    Posted April 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Emily I wish you a speedy recovery your blog has been a great inspiration for me in helping realise my own dreams of touring. If you decide to any more talks (espec in the midlands area) keep us posted.


  9. Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Miss Em! Sending you heaps of sushi loving from here! We talk about you all the time and are devo’d to hear about bloody buggery health issues. Please fix quick! We have a date dontcha know! It involved Mexico and Corona and maybe a worm or 2……
    Hope you make a speedy recovery darl. Know that we are thinking aboutcha all the time.
    While we get ready to fly to Vancouver on 1st July and start our travels, we are referring to your advice and getting all giddy on the preps!
    Love to you bella donna!
    Stay well and stay in touch!

  10. Ted
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Hi, I just found your blog. Its amazing what you have been achieving. You are an inspiration. I have so many questions for you! Hopefully if you write a book with your experiences many of those questions will be answered. However, I was wondering about a couple of things: how do you manage issues such as safety? you are, after all, a woman travelling solo in some dangerous parts of the world. The other is question is, do you have a particular airline or agency you book your flights or hotels with to make your life easier? I mean like Travel Republic or similar? how do you manage to arrange so many things when you are far from home and in places with hardly any internet connections?
    I hope you recover soon. Looking forward to reading more posts about the UK

    • Posted May 11, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your comment. In response to your questions:

      1. I manage my safety the same as I would anywhere else – by being aware of the dangers, and by avoiding high-risk situations. Most of the time travelling alone isn’t any more inherently dangerous than staying at home – in fact, sometimes it’s safer, because everyone assumes a solo female is particularly vulnerable, and wants to protect and help her. I know of male cyclists who’ve been robbed and beaten up, and female cyclists who have come to grief even when travelling with their husband or boyfriend. So far I’ve been fine, and fear and danger have been a much smaller part of my experience than I assumed before I left.

      2. I don’t often take flights or stay in hotels, and I tend to just go for the cheapest option, whatever I’m doing. I used an agency to apply for my Iran visa (it’s compulsory), and the rest of the time I manage things myself, and get information from travellers’ forums, other people’s blogs, etc.

      3. Internet connections are surprisingly frequent these days! I’m also able to email from my Kindle, which has been extremely useful. Most of the time I just have to be organized, and make sure I sort out all my admin on my days off, so that I can enjoy myself when I’m on the road, but occasionally I’ve had to ask friends or family to sort something out for me, if I can’t get to a computer for a while.

  11. Qudsia
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    you have been missed. glad to know you are well and lots of good wishes for your health.