In September 2019, Dean Nicholson had one goal – to cycle across the globe solo, and he began his long journey riding from his hometown Dunbar, Scotland. The 31 years old Scottish traveler was tired from his nine-to-five job as a welder so he wanted to change his lifestyle and see the world from a bicycle seat.
He traveled south, passing through eight different countries and sharing his wild adventures online. However, when he was crossing the Bosnian border into Montenegro, his plan had to switch a little bit.
When he was going up a steep hill with loud music on, he noticed a tiny kitty with a desperate meow behind him. He decided to stop for a second to stroke her a move on. However, the kitty immediately showed him some affection and she couldn’t leave his side. Nicholson didn’t plan to take her at first, but he ended up can’t resist her lovely eyes. Let’s be honest here, who could?
As he knew that her previous owner intentionally hadn’t wanted to have her anymore, and they were in the middle of nowhere, the kitty was desperately hungry, he had to take her with him. After a trip to the vet, Nicholson named her Nala, after one of the characters in his favorite movie ‘The Lion King’ and took her on his journey.
At first, Nicholson didn’t have a place for kitty so he had to be creative. He made some space in his front basket, clearing out some of his digital equipment and carefully placed her there. In that way, his new companion was granted the best seat in the front and had the honor to lead the way.
Nala quickly showed her loving personality and adventurous soul. She loves traveling and is super relaxed and chill showing no signs of discomfort traveling long distances. Sometimes she jumps out of the box and sits on Nicholson’s shoulder. She attracts everyone’s attention and they always ask for a picture of her.
The two of them became inseparable, traveling from town to town, exploring new places, abandoned villas, and hidden beaches, with Nala being on his shoulder through the good and the bad. Nicholson surely couldn’t imagine a better travel companion!
At the end of the year, Nicholson didn’t want to put their journey on hold, therefore, they traveled through the rain and cold, which caused Nala a chest infection. At that moment, the Scottish traveler realized how much he doesn’t want to lose his little feline so he decided to stay in a hostel for several weeks and wait for her recovery.
With Nicholson’s great care, Nala got well pretty quickly and they set off once again, however, this time with a more secure and waterproof setup for Nala. And of course, their bond became even stronger than ever.
It’s crazy how quickly your plans can change when you meet the right companion. When Nicholson first started his journey, he only had one vision in his mind : traveling the world with his bicycle. However, after Nala’s encounter, he cares more about her growth than his journey. And this is just too heart-warming!