For years, Hauke Glässing had dreamt of taking his motorcycle on a long tour to explore new countries, preferably far from the traditional tourist routes. His luck was in. His boss understood this wanderlust and granted him a six-month sabbatical to ride from Singapore to Munich. With the department able to fill in during his absence, Glässing set off with his girlfriend for the long trip home. Riding a BMW F 800 GS and BMW F 700 GS – “both modified and very reliable” – the pair travelled across Myanmar, India and Nepal, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey and the Balkans. They experienced some extreme situations on the way, including the devastating earthquake in Nepal. But at no point during their exhausting journey did they lose heart: “The most overwhelming experience was the incredible hospitality we encountered everywhere we went,” says Glässing. For their part, the couple collected donations in kind, which they handed over to SOS Children’s Villages along their route. Glässing says he will always have fond memories of his trip – and he encourages others to follow his example.