Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East?

When Rebecca Lowe set off solo from the UK for Iran by bicycle, her friends thought she had taken leave of her senses. But although she had to endure gropers, extreme heat and heavy-handed police, most of the people she met were a long way removed from stereotypes [read more…]

In pictures: How one woman cycled from London to Iran

Rebecca Lowe’s friends thought she had taken leave of her senses when she set off on an 11,000km, year-long cycle from the UK to Iran. Her article for the BBC News website attracted a huge amount of interest from readers. Here she tells the story of her journey in pictures [read more…]

I cycled to Iran and found a warm, hospitable country – but women’s rights has a long way to go

‘Iran is a prison,’ the woman told me as she showed me around her small, sparsely decorated flat. ‘Women have no value here. I desperately want to leave, but I can’t.’ [read more…]

Cycling the Middle East: the kindness of strangers and the desperation of refugee camps

I’m very much of the Ranulph Fiennes school of thought: “plod forever” and take one step at a time. I began my trip on 29 July last year from my flat in London. I’ve now made it to Jordan, via France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Turkey and Lebanon. [read more…]

The virtues (and hardships) of travel journalism.

Six months ago, I was a full-time journalist in the City, doing a job that I loved. I specialised in international justice and the law, and enjoyed considerable freedom to choose my own stories and travel [read more…]

I Biked Through Albania. Alone. As a Woman [read more…]
Many people in the West have Iran pegged as a ‘hostile country’. But here British adventurer Rebecca Lowe reveals that when she visited Iran last year as part of a journey by bicycle across Europe and the Middle East she discovered a people genuinely curious about Britain [read more…]
This podcast features Rebecca Lowe, a journalist from London who is cycling around Europe and the Middle East [read more…]
‘I Quit My Job To Ride 11,000 Across The Middle East’ [read more…]
Rebecca Lowe is Turning Wheels and Shifting Focus
English journalist Rebecca Lowe set off on a cross country bike ride with a difference in July 2015 [read more…]
One bike, three continents, twenty countries and eleven thousand kilometres to ride [read more…]

Al-Sudani newspaper

Al-Tayyar newspaper

Assayha newspaper

Sudan Daily newspaper

Britanska novinarka, ki bo na kolesu skušala predstaviti drugo plat Bližnjega vzhoda
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Londra-Teheran In bici contro i pregiudizi. Il diario di Rebecca: “L’Islam non è fanatismo”
Ha attraversato venti Paesi e raccontato con le foto le vite di chi ha incontrato [read more…]
Egyedül, nőként bringázott végig a Közel-Keleten
Rebecca Lowe egy évig járta kerékpárral a Közel-Kelet országait [read more…]

GoPro film: the final straight

Watch the final few miles of my journey as I enter Tehran at 10pm on 20th June (with a flat tyre and no lights!), following an exhausting 150km slog through the desert in 48C heat. I’ve finally made it, by god!