“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”
— Ernest Hemingway
Reasons why your next trip should be by bicycle
1. For the sake of slow travel
Interacting with a village shopkeeper, lingering over a fresh meal and a good glass of wine, experiencing a changing landscape — We believe travel should be about being in a place, not just passing through it. And there’s no better way to engage with a new land and culture than from the bike saddle.
Traveling by train or bus can be like watching a beautiful movie going by your window, but biking that same landscape puts you in that movie. You have to get out from behind the windshield and your camera’s display screen to really experience a destination.
2. For the feeling of “earning” your destination
Cycling to your destination each day creates the best kind of souvenir, a lasting sense of the road you traveled and the places you visited. A way to capture the spirit of your destination rather than record a new race time.
3. For an organized, worry-free adventure
International travel typically takes one of two forms — highly structured group tours where every moment is planned from dawn to dusk, or entirely do-it-yourself experiences. But a class of travelers has emerged that wants more flexibility and immersion than typical group tours offer, but still maintaining a level of support and planning.
Bike tours offer that balance of support and freedom to explore. Your accommodations and luggage transfers are arranged, and a route and day-by-day itinerary are planned. Guided bike tours offer more structure, riding with a group and with most meals planned. Self-guided bike tours have more flexibility in your daily schedule. But both provide experiences you don’t get from the window of a train or rental car.
4. For its broad appeal
This best-of-both worlds approach to travel seems to have appeal to a huge array of travelers. We have clients on family trips with their children up to octogenarians celebrating birthdays and anniversaries! Groups of friends, extended families, bike and ski clubs, honeymooners — there is a route in the world that’s right for you!
On our blog
- Why you should do your next tour by bike
By BikeTours.com President and Founder Jim Johnson
This is one reason I prefer to explore a country by bike: chance encounters that just aren’t possible when you travel by faster means. As one writer once put it about traveling around Europe, “If you travel by car, train or bus, it’s like watching a beautiful movie pass by. If you travel by bike, you’re in the movie.”