Skip to main content

‘I like biting off more than I can chew!’ Laura Bingham on cycling across South America penniless.

British adventurer (and accomplished knife-thrower) Laura Bingham spent six months cycling 7000km across South America without money to not only test the limits of her mental and physical endurance, but also to test the kindness of strangers of whom she’d be replying upon for food and shelter. An enormous, daunting challenge which took Laura through the Amazon jungle, the desert, over the Andes (3 times!) and across the spectacular Bolivian salt-flats. As with all awesome adventures, Laura’s challenge was fraught with difficulty and even disappointment, but did she quit? Nope! Learn how and why, listen now:

Topics Discussed:

  • Laura’s adventurous roots & why she wanted to pursue a career in travelling.
  • Sailing from Mexico to England with two strangers & a cat.
  • Why Laura wanted to cycle across South America without money.
  • Why Laura partnered with Operation South America.
  • How Laura prepared for her 7000km cycle.
  • How she disregarded others’ doubts.
  • The benefits of Bikram Yoga.
  • Why she wanted to cycle alone & how she dealt with the frustration of not being able to.
  • Difficulties faced when asking strangers for help & overcoming disappointment.
  • The trauma of Ecuador versus the generosity of Paraguay!
  • How she fuelled her body for the 7000km journey.
  • The difficulty of parting with her guide.
  • Why she wants to empower woman to undertake adventures independently.
  • What the six-month adventure taught her & what’s next.
  • Being married to fellow adventurer, Ed Stafford.

Subscribe and never miss a show!

Off the Ropes Available on iTunesOff the Ropes Available on Stitcher

Episode resources:

Laura Bingham official website

Operation South America

Motivational Madness

Follow Laura Bingham on TwitterFacebook & Instagram

People Mentioned:

Steve Backshall
Helen Glover
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Ed Stafford
Ness Knight
Mennonites

If you enjoyed today’s show, you should subscribe to our bi-weekly non-spammy newsletter. Look out for Wise Words Wednesday (accessible not waffly advice on how to live optimally) & Friday’s notification of our latest podcast episode. Scroll to the bottom of this page and sign-up (we pinkie promise not to flog your email address to rogue overseas’ agents eager to sell you their counterfeit wares).

In need of some inspiration and advice to get your life off the ropes? Have a listen to these awe-inspiring souls:

Record breaking ultra-marathon runner, Mimi Anderson
‘The cold is your warm friend’, ‘Iceman’ Wim Hof
Guinness World Record holding Atlantic rower, Sally Kettle
James Ketchell – Ocean rower, Everest climber & round-the-world cyclist

Prefer your inspiration on the page? Have a read of our most recent posts:

The No-Secret Secret Recipe to Success
Death by Stuffocation
Adventure is the New Black!

Can you support our quest to reach more ears worldwide and encourage as many people as possible to live off the ropes; a life lived optimally, despite obstacles and free from restraint? A simple share via the social media icons, or a review on iTunes would be very much appreciated.

Happy adventuring!

Victoria xx

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *