Why travel by bike you might ask when someone tells you this is how they plan to get around on their upcoming trip. If you’re not accustomed to cycling the thought of this might never have crossed your mind. To a cyclist, however, they know the benefits of getting around on two wheels.
“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.”
Everyone who has ever traveled before has muttered the following phrase: only pack the essentials. Easier said than done when you have a spacious suitcase or all the room in the world in your car. Well, your space is rather limited when traveling by bike. Not only are the necessities a must they are literally all that will fit, so leaving behind those extra “just in case” outfits is not a big dilemma. Only having to rely on your bike, your basics and yourself allows you freedoms that everyday travels can’t provide you.
Change in Perspective
Most of the time we’re so focused on getting from one place to the next we end up missing out on the experiences that pass us by. The rhythmic tunes of native street bands, the sweet smells from local bake shops, scenic back roads, wall murals in hidden alleyways, etc. On a bike, your senses are heightened and able to experience that which would otherwise be blocked off on planes, trains or automobiles. Enjoy the freedom to control which paths to take and when to stop and smell the roses.
Time to Yourself
There’s something to be said about traveling alone. Having the opportunity to be completely selfish with your time is quite liberating; nothing and no one, but you and the world around you. Traveling by bike allows you to be flexible with your schedule, stop when you want to stop, and allow you time alone with your thoughts without disruption. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know yourself better, both physically and mentally.
You know how you always plan to hit the hotel gym while traveling, but never actually do? Well, if you travel by bike you won’t have to worry about missing your daily workout. On-top of the necessary miles you’ll put in getting from one place to the next, you’ll be able to push your limits on new terrain. Let’s not forget the fact that cycling promotes positive mental health as well. I don’t know about you, but what could be better than stress-free travel?
Don’t knock it before you try it. Traveling by bike may be just the thing that transforms you from a tourist into a traveler. If you have traveled before by bike, share your tips and destinations with us in the comments section below.