We're Lauren and Jay, two Americans who quit our jobs to go see the world.


Lauren remembers a time (just several years ago) when she was reluctant to give cycling a chance. "But I like taking the bus!", Lauren, a public transportation enthusiast, would say to Jay's amusement. Aside from the occasional family bike ride around the Rose Bowl during her childhood, Lauren had not spent much time on a bicycle before 2013.

Lauren's adult cycling journey began with a bikeshare day-pass that soon became a bikeshare annual membership and eventually the purchase of her very own bicycle from Craiglist (and later a local bike shop). As her confidence and comfort level and skills on the bicycle (and Washington, DC streets) grew, so did her cycling frequency and distances. She began biking to and from work (with the help of bicycle-friendly dresses and rain gear). She traversed parts of the city once unknown. She fell in love with the efficiency, accessibility, wellness, open air, vulnerability, community, intimacy, and joy of bicycle riding. Although she definitely still appreciates good public transportation, cycling has made its way into Lauren's heart (and legs!) and enriched her life immensely.

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Jay never really got to travel much as a kid. So at the age of twenty-three he took off on his trusty scooter and roamed 15,000 miles around North America, getting his first taste of freedom, two-wheeled adventure, and simple travel along the way. After summers on the trains of Europe, winters on the buses of India and Nepal, and long holidays driving around the deserts of Namibia and South Africa, Jay decided to bring his bicycle along on his next big trip, a ride through the mountains of valleys of southern Morocco, and immediately fell in love with the pace and routine of simply cycling.

A few bike tours later, and he decided to leave behind a nice, comfortable government job and a self-built, self-sustaining tiny house in Washington, DC to cycle around the world. This new lifestyle entails lots more bumpy roads, strong headwinds, and tough challenges than the old one—but also the freedom and the privilege to see some amazing places, meet some wonderful people, and spend lots and lots of time with a really lovely girl.

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Two bikes, four panniers, and lots and lots of long, dusty roads.

In the summer of 2016, we flew to Iceland with our bicycles and enjoyed a delightful month riding around the country. We cycled over a thousand kilometers and camped for twenty-six nights straight and, by the end of our time there, agreed that we wanted more of it: more peaceful pedaling through gorgeous landscapes, more sleeping in open fields under clear skies, more quiet sunsets and more friendly people and more adventure and, importantly, more time together too, living life on simpler, more meaningful terms. So we decided to quit our jobs and bike around the world.

A few qualifiers. For one, we're not breaking any world records: not the longest 'round-the-world bike ride, nor the quickest—not necessarily even a proper circumnavigation. We have neither a firm route nor a timetable, a sponsorship nor a place we need to be, and so we're comfortable just pedaling where the winds and the world and our own hearts take us. We started in South Africa in July 2017, cycled for five months to Dar es Salaam, flew to Morocco in December, moved slowly east through Europe, then flew from Istanbul to Almaty in May 2018. We're working our way through central Asia, then we'll probably journey toward eastern Asia and we'll maybe even dip down into Australia before flying over to South America and slowly pedaling north back to the States. So maybe that'll happen, but it all depends how we're feeling along the way.

Our actual route, updated occasionally. Green lines (approximately) mark our cycling route. Grey lines signal where we took planes, trains, buses, ferries, or hitchhiked, and pink lines show where we've cycled on past trips.

We're prioritizing memories over mileage, meaning that we're fine taking breaks—short weeks out of the saddle here or there, or longer stops to relax, live, or work—and we won't be too terribly disappointed if we don't come full circle but end up having a great time of it anyway. We're riding self-supported (just us, our bikes, and a few panniers stuffed with clothes and food and a stove and a tent) and we're getting by on a pretty tight budget. And while we bike the overwhelming majority of the land we cross, we're not above catching a ferry when there's water in the way, booking a flight when there's bureaucracy in the way, and hitching a ride when a stretch of road is dangerous or just awful.

We're blogging about our adventures, about where we are and what we're doing and how we're feeling, and always welcome whatever encouragement, tips, and support folks care to offer.

Questions about the trip? You might find an answer here. If not, drop us a line here.

We want to do our small part in helping shed a little light on the wonderful world of slow, simple, sustainable, and self-supported travel.

Content on this site is broadly divided into two categories: travel stories and reflections from our trip, and things we've learned that might help others get started on a trip like ours (things like how much we've spent, our pre-departure planning, place-specific information, and general tips.) There's a search bar at the very, very bottom of every page you can use to dig through the entire site and find what you're looking for.

Updates are totally dependent on our time and our internet connection. Sometimes they're frequent, and sometimes we're pretty blissfully disconnected for weeks at a time. Our writing station is a cell phone, a small wireless keyboard, and a flat surface, so while we're able to upload new, text-heavy posts pretty easily, actually editing and reformatting static pages like this one gets done less often. 

Oh, one more thing: unless otherwise noted, everything on this site is freely available for you to use under a Creative Commons attribution non-commercial license, meaning that you're welcome to copy, redistribute, and remix anything you see as long as it's attributed to Simply Cycling and not used for commercial purposes. A heads-up (or if you're feeling really generous, a small donation) is nice, but totally unnecessary. To learn more about the Creative Commons, click here.