BBC Radio Cambridge
His first book, The Four-Letter Countries, brings us the story of his amazing 85,000 mile journey around the world. This hilarious - and at times terrifying - account of his travels is widely acclaimed in the national press and The Alphabet Traveller is encouraged to do more.
And so he does. This time he sets off to explore The Ten-Letter Countries, a daunting expedition to some of the most extreme and remote corners of the planet ... but with ample reward for good behaviour.
He heads to Bangladesh in search of the elusive Bengal tiger but disaster strikes quickly and much worse is soon to follow. After a bungled attempt to break into a Luxembourg jail he sets off to cross the Stans of Central Asia by horse, jeep and bicycle only to stumble upon the world’s most notorious heroin trail. Assaulted by customs officials and hi-jacked at gunpoint he escapes across the mountains and makes it safely over the Steppes in a Lada full of vodka. To a land of oil, pelicans and naked men beating themselves with branches.
He follows the Silk Road and the spread of Islam to the deserts of Mauritania and makes the rail journey of a lifetime through the mountains of tiny Montenegro. In the sparkling Indian Ocean he uncovers the sinister side of the seductive Seychelles, finds himself at the helm of an aircraft over the islands of Mozambique and takes a razor attack in his stride to enjoy the wacky wildlife of magical Madagascar…
An astonishing story, The Ten-Letter Countries is an insight into the history, geography and politics of twelve fascinating countries through the eyes of The Alphabet Traveller.
David Jenkins hitchhiked to France the day he left school. He has waited tables in Switzerland, sprayed crops in Israel, scrubbed urinals in Australia and crewed yachts around the Pacific. He became a teacher in Rio and a professor in Japan before starting his own business - delivering newspapers across Africa.
Now known as The Alphabet Traveller, David trots the globe visiting countries according to their spelling and writes accounts of his incredible adventures.
His other interests include Rod Stewart, crocodiles and Manchester City.