TRAVEL FOR AID launches the project “From Vietnam to Italy by bicycle to help disabled children”


The non-profit humanitarian association TRAVEL FOR AID launches the project “From Vietnam to Italy by bicycle to help disabled children”. Cambodia, April 2009 The initiative is under the patronage of public and private institutions and organisations who gave their moral support to the project. The journey that Matteo Tricarico undertook consists of covering 30.000 kilometres from Vietnam to Italy solo by bicycle. The itinerary will connect dots made by various schools and institutes for disabled children visited along the way. The initiative is in partnership with humanitarian and non-governmental organisations operating in the field of education for disabled children with projects currently running in the visited counties. The aim of the enterprise is to raise public awareness on disabled children’s education and to promote a fund-raising campaign run by partners NGOs for specific projects in visited counties. More info on the project are available at The Challenge.

TRAVEL FOR AID is a non-profit, apolitical and non-religious humanitarian association. The Project “From Vietnam to Italy by Bicycle to help disabled children” It aims to spread culture to its members and the general public by organizing charity and sport events or any other activity to attract people’s attention to the problems of those who, by birth or by tragic accident, live with a physical or mental disability. Furthermore, the association intends to stimulate its members’ and the general public’ creativity with conferences, debates and stages aiming at offering alternative possibilities to vulnerable social groups living at the margin of society.

Diary Vietnam-Italy

Bali Indonesia, June 2009

Bali Indonesia, June 2009

In this humble diary, I try to report what it happens to me during this long journey, looking at events in an ironic and sarcastic way, joining to the chronicle historical, cultural and economical facts of the visited places or whatever it is worth to be told.

I am also uploading on line PHOTOS and VIDEOGALLERIES

Diario di viaggio in italiano.


01-23 Jan 2010 Vientiane (Laos) – Mai Sai (Thailand)

Vientiane, Laos 5 Jan 2010

PATHEIN, Myanmar 12 February 2010, 19:50 – On January the 5th 2010, I left Vientiane behind my shoulders with mixed feelings: sad to depart a place I love so much, but also happy with the desire to continue this adventure after having spent Christmas time in bourgeois softness, meetings with friends, ethnic meals and nostalgic souvenirs of past times. While crossing the Friendship bridge connecting Mekong riverbanks between Laos and Thailand, a scary thought my crossed mind, it was the incertitude of what it was awaiting to happened to me in those unknown lands of north Siam. 


December 2009

– 01-31 Dec 2009 – Siem Reap (Cambodia) – Vientiane (Laos)

November 2009
– 09-29 Nov 2010 Pattaya (Thailand) – Siem Reap (Cambodia)
– 30 Oct 08 Nov 2009 – Batambong (Cambodia) – Bangkok (Thailand)

October 2009
– 27-29 Oct 2009, Phnom Penh-Battambong (Cambodia)
– 9-12 October 2009, Saigon (Vietnam)-Phnom Penh (Cambodia)


Diary of previous journeys by bicycle from Saigon to Bali (18 April – 3 June 2009)

– Diary Saigon-Bali by bicycle – part 1
– Diary Saigon-Bali by bicycle – part 2
– Diary Saigon-Bali by bicycle – part 3

Matteo’s travel expenses, as well as the project itself, are completely self-funded.

Lake Toba Indonesia, May 2009

Lake Toba Indonesia, May 2009

    1. The fund-raisingcampaign is run by the partner NGOsthemselves for their selected projects. Donations can be made through their website. See page Partner Associationsfor the most updated list.
    2. Direct donation sthrough this website, will be devolved to the center for disabled people visited by Matteo that is in greatest need of funds.
    3. Subscriptions for membership to the association Travel For Aid for this year are open now. The membership fee is symbolically of 10 Euro.

      The fee can be payed by bank transfer to the association account hereafter with the cause: MEMBERSHIP 2010 or by Paypal and major Credit Cards.

      Please send an email to with the details of your payment including your name, postal address and e-mail.


Empty place for sponsor’s logo on bicycle cover-bag

  1. Other kinds ofsponsorships with return of image are contemplated, such as the sponsor’s logo on the cover-bags of the bicycle or banners on the front page of this blog. Contact usfor further information.
  2. Other forms ofsponsorship in kinds will be considered case by case.

NB: Upon request, the Travel For Aid can produce a tax-deductible receipt.

  1. Paypal and major Credit Cards
  2. Travel For Aid Italian Bank Account
    BANCA DEL MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA branch of Manfredonia
    IBAN     IT 35 G 01030 78450 000000556655
    BIC       PASCHITM1FG4