Shaun Donovan was born in Cardiff, South Wales, on 9th August 1959. The son of a carpenter, he joined his father in the building trade after leaving school at the tender age of fifteen, but Shaun was soon disillusioned with the industry, and so he changed careers, working first as an office clerk, before moving into the lucrative world of sales and marketing. Being a keen motor-cyclist and also an avid travel enthusiast, Shaun spent numerous holidays riding his bike around Europe and North Africa, spanning a distance of 10,000 miles, and visiting 13 countries, along with several islands between 1981 and 1983. In 1984, Shaun married Caryl, and a few years later they became the parents of three children, Liam, Carl and Hayley. However, after being made redundant in 1991 due to the recession, and with little hope of re-employment in the near future, their marriage collapsed the following year.
In 1998 Shaun moved to the Canary Islands to live and work, and two years later he took his three children around the whole of America, and across into Canada, utilising the Greyhound Bus system to cover a total of 12,000 miles. Apart from giving them the holiday of a lifetime, Shaun also kept the promise he had made to them two years earlier, by treating them to a wonderful week in Disneyworld. In 2001 Shaun met Sally on the island of Tenerife, and in 2007 they took off on another great Greyhound Bus ride, only this time around the whole of Australia. Three years later Shaun returned home to Wales, and the following year him and his daughter, Hayley, set-off on a 60,000km (40,000 miles) jaunt around Asia, Africa and India. Shaun is currently working on his next travel extravaganza, which includes visiting a dozen countries in South America, before traversing the length of Central America -and then ending-up somewhere in Mexico?