1. What camera do you use?
I use two cameras; a Sony Alpha 7sII and a Sony Alpha 7RIII. You can find the list of my gear here.
2. Who takes your photos from a far distance?
I take all of my photos myself by using a tripod and a camera intervalometer. I sometimes have to spend hours to get the right shot. Occasionally, I also use a drone to film myself. There is no one else traveling with me.
Watch this Youtube video to see how I capture cycling photos of myself.
3. How do you afford your travel expenses?
I worked for over ten years to save money for my travels. But I ran out of funds during the first few months of my trip through the Americas. I took loans from friends and carried on. During my journey, I sold stock photos as well as prints, postcards and t-shirts online, wrote articles for cycling and travel magazines, did freelance work (building websites), received honoraries from travel presentations, accepted gifts from kind people, and did odd jobs for free stay and food. I also had to start a crowdfunding campaign which helped me cross the finish line. Despite all these, I was barely able to support myself. There were times during my journey when I was not able to afford a hotel room or a pizza. I am still figuring out how to make my travel sustainable. The sponsors I had for the last tour only provided me with gear and support, but no financial reward.
4. Can I travel with you?
I appreciate your desire to travel with me. However, due to the nature of my journey I like to travel alone. Having said that, I might announce group rides in the future where you can take part.
5. I want to travel abroad. Can you help me with the visas?
I can not tell you how to get visas. The visa process for each country is different and they keep changing. You must contact the embassy of the country you intend to visit. My initial tours were on a Pakistani passport and I planned and acquired all visas for the Germany – Pakistan tour. Now I have a German passport and that makes it a lot easier to travel. How I got the passport? I lived and worked there for more than a decade. Out of 43 countries I have cycled until now, I have travelled half of them on a Pakistani passport and the rest on German passport.
6. Can you give me your number? I want to talk.
I appreciate your desire to talk to me, but I am cycling in remote areas, stopping in random villages and towns where internet/cellular coverage is not always available. I try to post updates whenever I can. It is best if you contact me via Facebook or send an email.
7. Where can I meet you?
Keep an eye on my Facebook Page. If I announce an event close to your location, we can definitely meet.
8. Can you help me in planning my next trip?
Please understand that you must do your own research on the countries and routes you wish to travel. Learn about legal requirements, political and security situation of the area, understand cultural sensitivities of the people, research the best possible route, have some basic idea of budget and use all this information to plan. It is an essential part of the journey. Use google; learn from other people’s experiences. Contact me if you have any specific questions about the areas I have already travelled.
9. How much did your travel cost?
I spent about 5500 Euros during my previous 6-month tour from Germany to Pakistan. I don’t have the exact details about my trip through the Americas yet.
10. Where can I get your photos in full resolution?
If you would like to purchase a high-resolution version of a photo which you have seen at my website or Facebook page, please message me with a link to the photo. You can pay via Paypal or via bank transfer (EU/Pakistan).