Reasons to Travel by Bike

A bicycle tour wasn’t the most obvious choice for me. I haven’t ridden a bike in years, I get lost ridiculously easily, my skin burns quickly, and mosquitoes (and sometime other bugs too!) love me. Nonetheless, after considering various options I decided a bicycle tour is the best choice for me. Here are some of the reasons why!

 

It will force me to slow down

I just know that if I traveled a different way I’d be the person hopping from one place to the next in an effort to see everything, but not really seeing anything in the end. I could definitely get in the mindset of going as far as possible each day if I’m on a bike, but my body still has limits and if I set a maximum amount of time I’m allowed to ride a day being on a bike should stop me from going too fast.

 

It’s cheap

Even though it takes longer than other methods of travel, between making my own meals, (mostly) free transport, and wild camping whenever I can the per day cost is much less. Of course, it’s possible to spend more on a bicycle tour if you want to eat out and sleep in hotels. It can adapt to any budget!

 

I’ll see so much more

Although I’m going to try to see many major cities even though they can be tricky to navigate by bike, I prefer more rural places and on my bike I will get to see so much more of that. I’ll pass through those quieter places where everything is a little bit slower away from the chaos of the city, and see the different landscapes all over the world, each one beautiful in its own way.

 

It’s healthy

I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to my health, but I probably should while it’s still good! If I travel by bike I get the bonus of exercise, and I’ll have to make sure to eat somewhat well to keep my strength up. And not only is it healthy for the body, but it’s also good for the mind!

 

There’s something new to discover every day

Granted, this is probably true of any type of travel, and can even be true if you don’t travel, but travelling by bike I won’t always know what’s going to be in the area. Maybe I’ll find a nice tranquil spot where I can read for a while or an interesting museum in some small town.

 

Finally, the most important reason:

Because I want to

There could be 1,000 good reasons to travel by bike, but none of them would matter if I didn’t want to. When I was first deciding that I wanted to travel around the world I spent a good amount of time considering different travel styles and their pros and cons. Eventually I decided that a bicycle tour was the best option for me, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best for everybody! There’s a travel option out there to suit anyone, and the important thing is that if you really want to travel you try to make it happen. What travel method do you prefer, and why?

2 thoughts on “Reasons to Travel by Bike

  1. Hi Rebecca! Where in the world did you do a bicycle tour at? I have read into bicycle touring in South East Asia, am very interested, but not sure how physically draining it is (or even if I can keep up with a group)!

    Anyway, I love bike riding, so I think it would be awesome to travel by bike one day 🙂

    • Hi Tee! I haven’t done any yet, this is just why I’ve chosen to. In 3 years I am going on a long world tour! 🙂

      Southeast Asia sounds awesome! I hear a lot about people going on motorbikes around there, and a little about bikes. I think you can totally keep up with a group; most tours that I’ve seen rate the physicality for you so pick the one that sounds about your speed, or contact them with more questions if you’re still worried. You can also do a tour on your own and go at whatever pace you want! (within your visa.) I prefer it, personally, but to each their own. 🙂

      I don’t know how many cycling blogs you’ve found (probably a lot if you somehow managed to find mine) but I have a few that I follow and really like, some of whom have gone to Southeast Asia. They’re pretty much all solo or paired up, though. Let me know if you want them and I’ll drop you an email!