I trained as a journalist and now work as a ghostwriter and copywriter.
My overriding ambition as a child growing up in London was to travel. My school careers teacher tried to hold me back when she told me that 'travelling' was not a career. But I moved to New York City aged 20 where I worked on the lower east side for five years, and I've been travelling ever since.
I have visited many African countries, mostly travelling solo on a Triumph Tiger.
My first major overland trip became African Brew Ha-Ha.
My second took me to Ghana, the subject of The Black Stars of Ghana.
The third journey took me around Lake Victoria on a boda boda, which will become Empire Road (due 2013).
I blog about Africa, motorcycles and tea at www.abhaha.com I can also be found at www.alanwhelan.co.uk and www.inkwellpr.co.uk
Alan Whelan sets off on a motorcycle adventure into the heart of West Africa. On this, his second major solo African trip, he meets witches, fetish priestesses, custodians of the slave trade, and the only white chief of Ashanti who confirm that - if Ghana is an indication of progress - the future of the continent is bright.