Dean Nicholson, a 31-year-old Scottish traveler, has embarked on a one of a kind quest last September 2018 to see the world in his bicycle seat. Starting the lifelong ride from his hometown, Dunbar, Scotland, this Scottish man has grown tired from his day to day job as a welder. That is why he has decided to change his whole lifestyle over and finally began this quest, to ride around the world, alone.
The trip went great while he kept on posting several pictures of on his social media accounts. He traveled south, passing through eight different countries, and his quest seems to be going great until his plans had to change ultimately.
Passing the Bosnian border into Montenegro, he unexpectedly heard a desperate meow near him. After noticing the tiny kitty asking for help, he has decided to stop for a minute to pet the cute thing before embarking once more. However, the kitty appears to have other plans. She immediately showed her affection to Dean and wouldn’t leave his side. And that is when his plans to travel the world alone have stopped. Even though Mr. Nicholson did not plan to take her at first, he soon fell in love with the kitty as well and has eventually, decided to take her along his quest as well. His plans may have changed, but no one can argue that it just became a whole lot cuter and heartwarming.
Knowing that since they were in the middle of nowhere and the kitty was indeed crying for help due to hunger, this kitty’s previous owner had intentionally dumped her there. Dean, with his kind heart, took the poor kitty to the vet and named his new partner after one of the characters in his favorite movie ‘The Lion King,’ Nala. And now, they are currently on this journey together.
Because Dean originally planned this quest to be done alone, he had to be creative to find a place for his new partner. He customized his front basket, clearing out some of his digital equipment to make some space for Nala to fit. Sitting in the front of the bike and leading the way, the stray kitty before has now come a long way alongside Mr. Nicholson.
Nala has quickly shown her true nature being beside her new owner that wouldn’t leave her. She has a loving personality and adventurous soul, she also loves to travel as she is just super relaxed and showing no signs of discomfort even though they travel long distances. In other times, she comes out of his customized box to sit on top of Dean’s shoulders. Her cuteness has also attracted the people’s attention along with their quest to cycle the world and frequently been asked to take a picture of her.
The two of them eventually became inseparable. Traveling from one town to another, exploring places they have never been into before, these two has enjoyed the company of one another through the good and the bad. Dean’s original plans may be to go through this solo, but I can assure you that he has not regretted his decision even one bit. You couldn’t have a better travel companion than the cute Nala!
Mr. Nicholson didn’t want to put their journey on hold even though it is at the end of the year. Therefore, they had to travel through the rain and cold, which eventually proved too much for poor Nala. She developed a chest infection that derailed their quest for a bit. At that moment, the Scottish man finally realized that his new feline partner means more than his mission, that is why he has decided to stay in a hostel for several weeks as they wait for her recovery.
With Dean’s affection and great care, cute Nala got well pretty quickly, and they set off once again. But this time, he has made sure to customize her box, even more, to make it waterproof. The infection on Nala may be a hard time for both of them, but it has strengthened their one of a kind bond stronger than ever before.
Come to think of it; it is just so amazing how quickly our plans can change when we meet the right companion. At first, Dean Nicholson planned and started his journey with the sole reason to travel the world in his bicycle, alone. However, after meeting the lovely Nala, he has grown to care more about her and their growth together rather than his journey. Now tell me isn’t that just cute!