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Top 5 Reasons to Travel by Bike

Brice, the author

Traveling by bike is to take the slow road. This shouldn't be seen as something negative but as something to embrace.

As a cycle tourist, I can enjoy the journey itself.

In fact, the journey itself is many times more important than the destination.

Cycling through Costa Brava in Spain, the vineyards of Tuscany, the coffee fields of Colombia, and Canada's rugged west coast are just a few of the trips I've taken by bike.

It's not always easy, but the challenge is part of the fun.

If you haven't considered traveling by bike in the past, I'll give you five reasons as to why it's fantastic.

5. It's Scenic

Yes, you see the same scenery from a bus, but you don't get to live it.

When you're on the saddle of a bicycle, you can breathe the fresh air, hear the birds, admire the creek, and feel the wind.

These are visceral sensations that don't happen when traveling by any other form.

4. You Meet The People

When cycling, you have to go through every little town. On top of this, you usually stop in these little towns to refuel.

These little breaks allow you to meet the locals, eat their food, and talk with the people who often don't see tourists.

Also, as a cycle tourist, you are much more likely to be welcomed. When you pull up on a bike, you are many times seen in a different light.

You're not the guy that's coming to the country to see the Eiffel Tower, sit in a tourist cafe, go to the Louvre, then fly home; you're there to drink the wine, see the countryside, smell the lavender, then take pictures of the Eiffel Tower and go home.

This is especially true in cycle mad countries like France, Italy, and Colombia! I'd highly recommend riding all three.

3. You Can Eat Whatever You Want

When cycling, food is your friend. It's the fuel that keeps your motor running.

You also burn crazy amounts of calories pushing your iron horse up mountain passes and into headwinds.

Therefore, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you have a free pass to try all of the local cuisines that you can fit down your throat.

I specifically chose Spain, France, and Italy for one trip in large part for this reason. Eat up. Your legs need the nourishment.

2. It's Great Exercise

I don't know about you, but I get lazy when I'm traveling (without my bike).

I am out of my normal routine back at home, and I don't take the same care of my body as I would back in Canada.

Well, traveling by bike gives you a built-in exercise.

This doesn't happen with planes, trains, and automobiles (great movie.)

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1. It's Fun!

I love being on my bike. The beating of my heart. The pumping of my legs. The wind against my skin. The sweat on my brow. The spandex. All things to love about cycling!

Combine this with the adventure of travel, and you have a great combination.

So there you have it. Travel by bike. It's a great way to see a new place and savor everything there is to offer, instead of rushing through.

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Saturday 12th of January 2013

I would love to travel more by bike. When Nathan and I met a few years ago it was his dream to bike down to Spain - maybe we'll do that some time.. :)


Thursday 10th of January 2013

Thanks all for the positive feedback! Happy cycling.

Ian of Borderless Travels

Saturday 29th of December 2012

Thanks for the motivating post! I'm hoping to do some bike travel in the near future, I just have to wait until the snow melts up here in Canada :)


Saturday 29th of December 2012

Did Santiago da Compstella pilgrimage some years ago in MTB, couldn't agree more with your article. And one more reason is to be able to share one's experience and trip on Utagawa VTT (in French but I guess you have some similar sites in english) and check for next trip while you're at it. :-)

Elle of Solo Female Nomad

Saturday 29th of December 2012

Could not agree more about the resons on why to travel by bike. After discovering my passion for cycling I have wanted to get into long distance cycling. Their are many excellent cycle routes in Europe, namely the Eurovelo. This could mean that you can follow a cycle path from nothern europe all the way down to the Meditteranean. I would like to do the route along the Danube, to Turkey. Great post!

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