On April 10th 2017, Sam will set off on the trip of a lifetime in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. The route takes him through 35 countries, across 5 continents and covers approximately 52,000km. During the three to four years that the trip is expected to take, Sam will be raising money for Unicef UK, a charity that works tirelessly for children across the globe.
You can learn more about the trip and follow Sam's adventure on his website : www.pedalingtheglobe.com
With a daily budget of just £10 for the whole trip, Sam will be wild camping and cooking by the roadside for himself each night. Sam's raised the funds himself for the trip, so everything you donate through this JustGiving page goes straight to Unicef and helps towards our ultimate goal of raising £50,000 by the end of the trip. However, if you'd like to buy Sam a coffee you can donate directly to him via PayPal at the website.
Right now, millions of children are in danger. They face violence, disease, hunger and the chaos of war. Unicef ensures more children get life-saving food, vaccinations, education and protection than anyone else. Today, children in places like Syria, South Sudan and Yemen are caught up in violent conflict, with millions forced to flee their homes. In 2015, Unicef responded to 310 emergencies in 102 countries. Please donate what ever you can to my fundraiser for Unicef UK. With your help, we can build a safer world for children.
A few words from Sam
I’ve been obsessed with travel for my entire life. Some of my earliest memories involve poring over maps and travel guides and losing myself in dreams of distant lands. Fuelled by the pictures in guidebooks and the exotic names of far-flung islands, I spent my childhood exploring the coastline and parks around my town and arriving home well past my curfew. Most of my peers hoped to become footballers and rock stars, while I dreamt of exploration and getting lost in foreign countries.
At the age of 24 and bored with my life in small-town England, I found myself craving a challenge. After quitting my job and selling everything I owned, I bought a campervan for £1,000 and hit the road in October 2011 with £500 in my pocket and no real plan other than to see as much of the world as possible.
Since then, I’ve criss-crossed Europe in search of new climbing destinations, whether in the hills and mountains of the Alps or on the sun-kissed sea cliffs of Spain and completed a two-year lap around Australia, all while living out of vans that I converted myself for less than a few thousand pound each. Five years, three campervans and thousands of miles across two continents later, I am ready to take on a new challenge.
In April 2017, I set off on the trip of a lifetime — one of the hardest trips I’ll ever take — swapping four wheels for two as I attempt to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. Why? I’m an avid climber, trekker and mountaineer, and am ready for something new. I’ve been a climbing instructor for 10 years and always enjoyed the freedom of cycling. Plus, I’m still obsessed with travel and intrigued by the people who share this beautiful planet.
Whether its a pound or a thousand - I'm very grateful for your support!
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
I'll be updating the blog section of my website, along with adding pictures and a video diary, whilst I'm away so be sure to stop by and see where I am. If I happen to cycling near to you then let me know, it would be great to meet up.
How to donate to Unicef:
Donate easily and securely via this JustGiving page
Text PTGT50 £3 to 70070
Fancy giving Sam a pat on the back or buy him a coffee?
You can also give to Sam directly. Each day Sam will be camping and cooking for himself so if you want to buy Sam a decent coffee (coffee made in the same pan as the previous nights pasta cant be brilliant to be honest) then you can donate directly to him via the Paypal button on the website. All donations through Paypal go straight to Sam, not Unicef.
You can also donate on his personal Gofundme page where 10% of all donations will go to Unicef.