Updated: April 22, 2020
My name is Mark Wallace. I’ve been exploring the world full-time since 2014. I’m single, I have no children, and I work as a photographer as I go. I’m currently traveling on my 2016 BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycle, named Shifty Drifty.
Shifty and I have traveled across every continent except Antarctica.
In The Beginning
The trip on the motorcycle started in February 2016, but the story begins a couple of years before that, in Kochi, India, December 2013. That’s the place where I decided to give away as many possessions as possible, sell my house, and travel the world.
I saw a lot; South America, Europe, India, Nepal, SE Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. I traveled by plane, train, tuk-tuk, bus, and automobile. As exciting as the trip was, I still heard the call of the wild. I wanted to see more and be closer to nature and the cultures I was visiting.
After much thought, I decided I would fulfill a life-long goal: I wanted to ride a motorcycle around the world – solo.
Six Continents: one bike
I rode from April 2016 until May 2018 and was able to ride Shifty across six of the seven continents – sorry Antarctica – and I’m still riding today.
The journey has been fantastic so far but, once again, there’s so much more to see. I had to skip much of North Africa, severe weather caused me to turn back in Mongolia. The Middle East, China, and Japan remain unexplored.
The ride continues…
Why Ride a Motorcycle?
I’ve been around the world before, but I traveled much of the distance in an airplane, bus, or train. Cities and people go whizzing by at hundreds of miles per hour, and you’re isolated from the environment. A motorcycle gives me the freedom to travel to more places, see more things, and experience the climate in a tangible way.
How long will this trip take? I don’t know. I’ve made a general list of all the places I’d like to go to and the things I’d like to see. It may be three years, or five. I don’t know. The journey is more important than the timetable.
I might be riding by myself, but I’m certainly not doing this all alone. There is a vast community of adventure travelers in the world. Thousands of people are taking similar trips at this very moment. I’m in contact with many of these people and will be joining with them at different parts of my journey.
In addition to connecting with other travelers, I meet locals in each place I visit. If you’re reading this right now, you’re already part of the community. Leave a comment on this page so I know who you are and where you’re from. We might meet one day. Maybe we’ll share a meal, or perhaps you’ll join me for a few miles along the journey.
I am not on vacation. I’m creating videos during the journey. I’m still hosting Exploring Photography on AdoramaTV. I’m writing articles for magazines and blogs. I do photography and travel workshops whenever possible.
I intend to share my travel experiences with you. Although I have years of world travel under my belt this journey is a new experience for me. I’m not sure what to expect, and that’s what makes it exciting. This blog is an ongoing project. I’ll be adding pages, creating new sections, posting photos, and doing everything I can to share my experiences with you. Come back often.