Cereal traveller’s search for the perfect bowl of cornflakes

11th Feb 2013
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Cereal traveller’s search for the perfect bowl of cornflakes

He’s had 4,000 bowls in 60 countries but he still hasn’t found the perfect cornflake

We’re always telling you to travel the world and pursue your dreams no matter how strange and farfetched they are; well this one’s come straight from the top shelf.

Mick Hobday has been travelling for the last 11 years in search of the perfect bowl of cornflakes.

He first came up with the idea in Mexico in 2002, and since then he’s been to 60 countries and has spent £36,000 on his quest.

But after 4,000 bowlfuls he’s yet to find la crème de la crunch, and his search continues with a trip to India later this year.

Mick said: “I want to visit every country in the world and make my journey unique.

“It has not been too difficult finding cornflakes in shops around the world as they are a basic cereal. However, the quality has varied, and I am still on the hunt for my perfect flake.”

Cereal traveller's search for the perfect bowl of cornflakes

Over the past 10 years he’s munched his way across five continents, in countries as far apart as Mali, Brazil, Thailand, and Switzerland.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, Times Square in New York and the pyramids in Egypt feature among his spectacular backdrops.

His favourite time was on the Giza plateau in Egypt and his worst experience was ruining his flakes with ‘awful’ camels’ milk in Mauritania.

In fact, he has gorged himself on the cereal so much while travelling he prefers branflakes when at home in Fareham, Hampshire.

How will be know when he’s found his flawless flake? “It will be dark, crunchy, organic and locally grown.” he said.

What would your weird and wonderful passion be when travelling? Let us know by posting your comments below.

If you’re planning a round the world trip then head over to our planning section to see what you can get up to and don’t forget to use our round the world trip planner.

Pictures contributed to Solent

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