Made in Africa, I was born in Hertford Heath and raised in a small village called Wendlebury near Bicester in Oxfordshire.


Between 2003 and February 2008 I went on a mission to visit every country in Europe. Inspired by a picture of a military pillbox (and encouraged by a £20 bet) I started in Athens in June 2003 and finished 115 beds and 152 towns, cities and villages later – in Iceland. From Tampere to Athens, Coimbra to Odessa, my mission to conquer Europe took me through 47 different countries (plus two unrecognised territories) speaking 36 languages and dealing in 27 currencies.

I took 15 trips out of the UK
Left my job more times than I can remember
Slept in 115 beds.
Visited 150+ towns and cities in 49 ‘countries’
Sailed on 13 boats, rode 52 trains and took 24 flights, many many buses, numerous taxis and the occasional trolley bus, cable car and horse drawn carriage.

I have been arrested, imprisoned, accused of drug-running, held at gunpoint, robbed, I lost at least five credit cards and I almost got squashed by a tree in Vilnius.

However; I’m still here and I’m still happy.


If you want a happy life – marry someone who makes you laugh.


Being a good person and having a good time. I walk, talk and cycle a lot. I love train journeys in Eastern Europe and take a lot of photos.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Belgium, Hungary, Slovenia, South Africa, Ukraine, United Kingdom


I’ve been working for ERTICO – ITS Europe since 2012.
In 2014 I started my own software/communications company, Veedoo Ltd, working mostly in Ukraine.
In 2015 I co-founded ITS Ukraine, an association that promotes the ITS industry in Ukraine.

As a side project/hobby I also launched and run Kyiv.Cool to promote life in Kyiv.

Contact me:

Skype: ian.bearder