Richard Meredith is a former national newspaper journalist and business magazine publisher who took to writing adventure travel novels when he found himself at a crossroads in life.
His first book, One Way or Another, came after what he called 'A Gap Year for Grown-ups' in which he visited six Continents on a restless odyssey that brought him into a catalogue of scrapes and misadventures.
Undaunted, he then took a family hatchback from the UK to South Korea in Which Way Next on a hair-raising journey that included an unscheduled drive through Afghanistan's Khyber Pass just weeks after the US invasion.
Like this latest trip across the new Asian Highway, Richard tries to harness publicity from his adventures in generating funds for charitable causes. Over the last 20 years he has helped to raise more than $600,000 for sick children, orphans and those in danger.
He has also published an anthology of his experiences as an author to help new and aspiring writers.
When not travelling, Richard lives in a century-old, former farm-worker's cottage in Buckinghamshire, England, with a pub at the end of the lane.