Do you want to make the impossible, possible?
Do you want the story of your life to be the one you write yourself; not the one scripted by the ‘norms’ of what we’re told ‘should’ be the life we live?
I dreamed of cycling around the world.
And I’m doing it!
I’m not a professional cyclist; I’m not an athlete.
I’m the same as you. Just an everyday guy, doing his everyday thing.
My everyday is living my dream, making it true. My dream. The very same one everyone thought was crazy; that everyone thought I’d talk about, but never do – but I did.
Want to come along for the ride?
Five years down the track, living my dream (& some nightmares along the way too), I’ve decided to make people (like you), part of the ride. If you want.
Whatever you’re able to give, if anything, I hope by following me on YouTube and Facebook, you’ll see how you will have helped me keep going, and be inspired to realise your own dreams along the way too.
Pay as much or as little as you can. Pay nothing if you can’t. But keep reading and share if you’re inspired.
I have only one milestone goal and that is to cover my day-to-day needs (which are very simple): my food; water; shelter; to fix my bike occasionally; and the visa costs to enter each country. The basics to keep me cycling around the world. This is it.
Anything more would be incredible, and which I’d funnel into sharing about my adventure – books, documentaries, that sort of thing. But I want to keep this simple.
Travelling simply, is simply enough.
Who the hell is that guy?
I’m Ricardo Martins, a 32 year old Social Scientist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I started first cycling across South America.
That continent took 4 years! Afterwards, I published a book in my native Portuguese and people liked my story. This is nice. I became quite in-demand as a motivational speaker — also very nice. But nicer still, soon, my book, and a documentary that’s been in the works since, will be translated into English!
I set out for the world’s other continents in April last year, kicking off in Africa.
And Africa, my friends, is not for beginners!
In nine months, I had my things stolen – twice (!) – and I didn’t have much.
I was robbed of the necessities that keep me moving.
When I paused to replace what was taken, the house I was living in burned down! An accident, but more of my things gone, this time to fire.
But, they say these things make you stronger. Yes?
They are blows, but they won’t end my dream! They are merely part of my story. But I must move on. Soon!
What is the Bamboo Trip project?
At the moment (February 2017) I’m in Zanzibar (Tanzania), having already crossed half of Africa. There are many stories to share! There’s a project with my university on urban mobility and cycle tourism around the world; a documentary on each country I’ve been; a YouTube channel; a travel blog; pictures; and a lot more to come!
I am far from the tourist-schlep. I cycle inside where many never venture, where real-life is happening.
Sometimes in the middle of nowhere; sometimes across war zones; sometimes struggling to breathe in heaving, thriving metropolises; sometimes in monumentally raw nature.
I beat with the pulse of the people I meet – simple, smiling, gracious people, who share with me such kindness, I know the world is still good and great and will survive this crazy time. Even when it all goes pear shaped.
I’m just one man, seeing the world and its humanity (and maybe some other things besides), from the seat of a bicycle. A bamboo bicycle!
Come along for the ride.
Are You Doing Rewards n' Stuff?Yes, I’m doing rewards – or inspirations I like to call them – a nice way to discover realities from places perhaps unknown to you.
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My content is open to everyone, even if you’re not able to contribute money.
My journey is about sharing. Even here. So feel free to share this if reading about my dream means something to you.
And, you can ask me for any reward – I will give it, even if you can’t.