It’s full of surprises, super friendly and welcoming, and not as intimidating for a solo woman traveller as one might expect, so it’s definitely at the top of my list. You can read more about my adventures there in my latest book, Revolutionary Ride.
I love America for a road trip. Especially if it’s your first time, do the west coast – something like Highway One through California. Americans are up there with Iranians as the most friendly, hospitable people. People are very open, very welcoming and it’s a great place to be a woman on a bike – there are loads of women riders and a big culture of female bike clubs.
A real highlight for me – wonderful riding, great food, really friendly people and lots of fascinating architecture and design. I’m really into ceramics and tiles so I loved all of that too.
A diverse and very interesting country. Buenos Aires is an amazing city, really cosmopolitan. There’s a brilliant flea market too. I shop all the time when I’m away – cram stuff into my panniers, then have to send it all home. Oh, and I love the horses, and there are a lot of handsome gauchos!
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I had a really wonderful time in Angola. I went after the big civil war, which had just ended after 27 years, and people were so lovely, so warm and happy to see foreign visitors again. I remember an old man hugging me in the street and saying, “I’m so glad you’re here.”
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– TEXT BY HANNAH STUART-LEACH
This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.