A bike trip is one of the best ways to explore new places. Going on a cycle tour is a life changing adventure; especially if you are biking through different countries. I recently went on a bike trip from England to Italy.
There is no better way to spend your holiday than to cycle across Europe. I had an opportunity to go across the Alps, France, and Switzerland during my tour. The most memorable moments were when I passed through captivating food producing regions.
Cycling through Europe was very rewarding for me but it took a lot of preparation. This kind of trip demands great preparation. Most people assume that the cycling is the most challenging part of the trip. On the contrary, there are other factors to consider if you want to complete the trip successfully.
If you want a successful trip, you need to have the right type of bike. Its wheel size should be appropriate for long distance cycling. Pack the right clothing depending on the season you will be biking. You need to have the right kind of bike shoes. Other items you need to pack include cooking gear, tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, and bike gear.
It is also important to have essential paperwork to make your tour easier. Learn about biking safety and basic bike repairs that you should be able to carry out on your own. Biking is a physically demanding activity and this means that you have to be in good shape to handle the demands.
Camping is one of the most common lodging options for bikers on long distance tours. However, it is better to find a warm bed to sleep in at each stopover. This may prove a challenge because you are in a different city every day. In spite of the difficulties, there are ways to make sure you have a place to sleep in every city you go through.
Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook will come in handy when you are looking for lodging. Some of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers may reside in the city you are going through. It is easier to get reliable and affordable lodging when you have a contact in a particular city. Your contacts can direct you to cheap lodging places and some might offer their own homes if you are lucky.
The internet has made it easy for travelers to get lodging through sites likes couch surfing. This is an online community where members offer lodging to each other.
You can use the site to find a member who lives in the city you intend to go through and make arrangements to stay at their home. Bikers can get a spare room, floor, or couch to sleep on during their tour using this site. You will get lodging for free; but you can compensate your host for the food they offer.
If you would like to have some comfort during your trip, and you're not concerned about money, you can always rent a hotel room. I did this mostly when no other option was available. Problem with hotels is that if you don't book a room in advance, you may end up spending a lot of money in the end. It's good to review your trip, day by day, and to see which days you will have to stay at a hotel and book in advance. I usually use an internet service like Venere.com or Booking.com.
Sometimes it happened that my lodging was canceled one or two days before arrival, and I didn't have the time to go around town searching for a hotel. This is also when these website come in real handy, because you can book a room in a matter of minutes.
So in the end, I would like to point out few things you should always have in mind. Safety is number one! Don't go putting up a tent wherever. Have in mind that certain places may be very dangerous and even life-threatening. Be well informed. Take some time and learn about your destinations.
This will not only enrich your experience, but it can also be very helpful and sometimes crucial for your safety. Have fun. Never forget that having fun is the main reason behind your trip. Enjoy the cultures, meet people and just let yourself have fun. It's not about who reaches the destination first, it's about who has the greatest trip!