Nicolai Bangsgaard: Cycling Around the World and the Global Triathlon Challenge

When we think of travel, we often envision planes, trains, and automobiles whisking us away to new destinations. But what if we slowed down? What if the journey itself became an integral part of the experience? This is precisely the philosophy that Danish anthropologist and adventurer Nicolai Bangsgaard embodies.

In the latest episode of the Seek Travel Ride podcast, I delve into the world of human-powered slow travel with Nicolai, who has cycled through 83 countries, covering an astounding 120,000 kilometers. His story is not just about the miles; it’s about the moments, the connections, and the deep insights into cultures and communities that only such immersive travel can afford.

Adventurer and anthropologist, Nicolai Bangsgaard sitting in his tent while cycle touring from Denmark to Singapore

Nicolai’s latest endeavor, the global triathlon, is a testament to his unyielding spirit. Cycling from Denmark to Singapore, kick scooting across Australia and New Zealand, and running across the United States, he’s redefining what it means to explore our planet. It’s a journey that challenges the body, enriches the mind, and nourishes the soul.

But it’s not just the grand scale of his adventures that captures our imagination. It’s the small, unexpected detours, like being rerouted over two mountain passes in China, or the warmth of strangers offering a melon in the middle of Uzbekistan. These experiences, shared with such eloquence and reflection by Nicolai, remind us that the world is a kinder, more connected place than we’re often led to believe.

As you listen to Nicolai recount the highs and lows of his travels, you can’t help but feel a stirring within—a call to adventure, to step out of your comfort zone, and to see the world through a different lens. His journey is a powerful reminder that the most rewarding paths are often the ones we pedal, kick, or run on our own.

If you’re yearning for inspiration or just a break from the everyday hustle, this episode of the Seek Travel Ride podcast is your gateway to a world of adventure. Tune in, and you might just find yourself planning your own slow travel odyssey. After all, as Nicolai says, “Leave the fear at home.” The road awaits.

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You can follow Nicolai’s adventures via his instagram account – @nicolaibangsgaard on facebook via : Nicolai Bangsgaard or his personal website

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