Travelling improves your mood and reduces stress. It also can temporarily help boost productivity. People who travel more frequently are more satisfied with their physical health and well-being. Traveling has the ability to take you out of our daily routine and into new surroundings and experiences and this can reset your body and mind. Some people travel for work, some travel for pleasure while for others it is just a way of life. They travel to live and to escape at the same time. There is something therapeutic about being alone and being at peace with it.
Dean Nicholson set his aim to travel around the world by cycling solo and he began his long journey from his hometown Dunbar, Scotland. He decided to change his lifestyle and see the world through the eyes of a cyclist. Nicholson was tired of his nine-to-five job as a welder, he started his travels by cycling 200 miles to Newcastle where he got the ferry to Amsterdam. He then cycled through to Belgium, Greece, Switzerland and Italy before getting on a ferry to Croatia and travelling on to Bosnia where he found his feline friend.
His solo journey to the south went smoothly as he passed through eight different countries. He was going up a steep hill when he suddenly heard a cat’s meow behind him. When he turned his head, he saw a tiny kitten chasing him up the incline.Nicholson stopped for a while to stroke the cat. Nicholson brought the cat to a vet, where he found that 7-week-old animal didn’t have a microchip.Nicholson realized that the kitten was left on the roadside by her owner and she was apparently begging for food from him.The Scottish traveller adopted this stray kitten on his travels. He plopped her in his front basket, clearing out some digital equipment to make room for his companion.
He got the animal the proper vaccinations and immunizations to cross country lines. Then he named her Nala. From there, he had to get the proper gear to bring the cat riding and camping with him across the globe. Nala was quick to adapt to her new life. Sometimes, she jumped out of her box and sat on Nicholson’s shoulder. People were thrilled to see the cat on the man’s back. And the pictures of their journey are just amazing.
The two were inseparable, as Nala clung to Nicholson’s back when he was cycling or burrowed in his armpit when he stopped to pitch his tent at night. They shared meals at their deserted campsites, as he devoured pasta and fries and she ate cat food. At the end of the year as the weather got colder, Nicholson did not want to put his journey on hold which caused Nala to catch a chest infection. She was given antibiotics, and he decided to stay in a hostel for several weeks to allow Nala to recover before he continued his journey. Soon the kitty recovered and they started to travel again. He made a water proof set up for his little companion. They had enjoyed each and every moment during their world tour.
Nicholson who frequently documents his journey on his Instagram account, however, saw a change to his plan when he was crossing Bosnian border into Montenegro.
Just as he was about to resume his journey, the cat showed her affection towards him.
Nicholson then took the cat to a nearby vet and later, adopted her as his pet cat.
He then named her Nala, after a character from his favorite movie, “The Lion King” and took her with him on his journey.
He cleared his front basket and placed Nala inside it so the cat would have the best view of the journey and also remained safe while he was cycling
It seemed that the cat had an adventurous side to her and enjoyed traveling with Nicholson despite the long distance.
Soon, she attracted everyone’s attention on Instagram as they always asked for a picture of her.
The two of them later became close as they traveled from town to town, discovering new places, abandoned villas, and hidden beaches together.
Rain or shine, Nala proved herself to be a loyal and great companion for Nicholson!
That was when he realized that he did not want to lose Nala and decided to stay in a hostel for several weeks to allow Nala to recover before he continued his journey.
Luckily, Nala soon recovered and they later resumed their journey.
However, this time, Nicholson had prepared a better and waterproof setup for Nala.
It is hard to believe how quickly your plans can change with a good companion by your side.
When Nicholson first started his journey, he only had one goal—to cycle around the world but with Nala now by his side, he cares more about her well-being than his goal.