Traveling to different countries is a truly rewarding experience, but have you ever considered how it would be like to do that on a bike? This is not some silly challenge, as many actually do travel through multiple countries on their bike. It may seem daunting but those who do it, claim that it’s worth it. So, here are some pros and cons, or mainly things you should consider before you decide to embark on a cycling adventure.
Traveling on a bike is hard but rewarding at the same time
If you spent 10 or more hours on a bus or a plane, you know just how uncomfortable it can get. Think about it, this is just sitting and doing nothing and it’s still hard in a way, imagine how you would feel if you have to actually make a journey on a bike? Well, that’s not entirely true. Here you get to dictate your own pace, take breaks, or pictures, stretch your legs, and enjoy the scenery.
Sure roads get difficult when you have to ride uphill or headwind, but at the same time, there are things to look forward to, like an upcoming downhill or tailwind ride. However, you are on the bike and traffic can get dangerous, so you need to be careful at all times, and it can be stressful.
It’s a budget-friendly and unique experience, but it’s also dangerous
If you are on your cycling tour you are not in a hurry. You get enough time to enjoy the sights, visit monuments, and you get to camp outside. This is truly a unique way to travel, and it’s something you can be proud of, considering it’s not an easy feat by any means. Even while you are on the road you get to experience alternative pathways, and also encounter other cyclists who are touring the world in the same way. Lastly, it is one of the most budget-friendly ways to travel, as you are not paying for travel expenses, and mostly stay at B&B places if you are not camping outside.
However, it’s not all fun and joy, and anyone who travels like this will tell you this. It’s very demanding and exhausting at times, but that’s not really the main issue as you should not travel like this if you don’t feel like you can make the journey. Another reason is the weather, as it’s not always going to be sunny. Scorching heat or heavy rain will definitely be a problem.
You should also remember that you are on a bike, and dogs will chase you, which is not a comfortable situation by any means. Let’s not forget that you have to hydrate a lot, and it’s easy for you to ingest bacteria from water in a foreign land, which can mess up your stomach, so you’ll be making frequent bathroom breaks.