About the Author


the author

For John McCombe the cheapest way out of Australia in 1972 was a $180 one-way fare from Fremantle to Singapore on the small Russian cruise ship, the MV Khabarosvk. This was the start of his love for low-budget international travel, which spanned four decades and five continents, and a curiosity to observe and learn from different people and cultures, before John was invited to join this eccentric convoy from Australia to Finland, through twelve countries, over 20,000 kilometres.

From a NSW North Coast dairy farm, John’s working life has included farm work, teaching Mathematics, union advocacy, work in the mining and finance industries, with brief stints as a builder’s labourer, a camping tour driver, a ship’s cattleman, sessional university lecturer and management consultant (in between real jobs).