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Laura Moss

Laura Moss spent 16 months cycling 13,000 miles around the world. She curates the Long Distance Cycling Journeys database and organises the Festival of Cycle Touring. Her husband, Tim, runs this website. Read more...


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    Vedran Devcic

    Great article Laura!

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    Ollie Slee

    Hi Tim & Laura,

    Great post, i fully agree with the choices we have in this part of the world – i have written a post just recently titled ‘Choices..’ that covers a similar subject – http://www.supersizedadventure.com/3/post/2014/01/choices.html
    I’m doing my trip on my bank overdraft, and worrying about paying it off when i return home – which defiantly isn’t a choice in most countries. Had i not had that option i may never have been able to leave. I might be broke, but i’m lucky to be broke in England.

    Biscuits make up a lot of our meals at the moment too…Look forward to seeing your posts on Iran – we will hopefully have our visa’s tomorrow.



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    John Tomlinson

    I frequently ask this question myself. Then I remember that playing golf could never be classified as wasting my life and I move onto the next hole.

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    I agree with what you write entirely, there always will be that uncertainty, but I am addicted to that feeling you get when you realise there is nowhere on earth you would rather be at a given moment. It could be the top of a snowy mountain with a snowboard, a sunrise while cycling or just looking out of a bus window at something beautiful. I haven’t looked back in dedicating my life to these moments for the last few years.

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    As far as generalisations have any use whatsoever, my experience is that people can be split into two groups: those content with life as it is, and those searching for something better — irrespective of wealth, nationality, background, circumstances, perceived ability to ‘choose’, etc.

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    Thanks for the comments guys (even John). I like your distinction Tom, although I struggle to think of many acquaintances in my generation who could be described as fully content with what they are doing right now. Perhaps that’s more of a reflection on the kind of people I hang out with.

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    I like this quote:

    “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

    – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

    When all is said and done, you will not look back and regret not having put in another year at the law firm. You will, however, have wonderful memories of an audacious trip around the world. Do not for a moment “cut it down to size” as a biscuit eating time wasting holiday. So you are privileged. So what. Your life is not less meaningful or precious, or your experiences less valuable, than a hard-working Greek or Turkish villager. Most of them wouldn’t do what you are doing, just like your friends back in London. Only a few are brave enough to start the journey. You and Tim are among the few. Carry on. The day will come when you will realize how glorious your adventure really is.

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    Laura Moss

    Thanks for your words Bill. You got it spot on – any time I doubted the sanity of my decision to quit my well paid, intellectually stimulating job, I told myself that I would not look back and remember that extra year as a lawyer as anything special. Who looks back and thinks ‘I wish I’d spent more time at the office’?

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    Will Heseltine

    Hey Laura loved the post
    It’s normal to question what you are doing at the point of doing it. However, when the trip is over and you look back on this period in your life this question will answer itself.
    To quote Oscar Wilde
    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

    Keep smiling and be in touch soon
    I’m sorry I’ve been useless with beds so at but would be good for you to meet my mate olz in the paddy fields in Thailand


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