Travel stories that inspire us

“Anticipation and reminiscence are two often overlooked aspects of our travels-the forgotten bookends of our journeys.” Chris Carruth

Welcome to the story circle. From a hearty tale of mountain biking through Scotland to a bike and boat adventure in Croatia, these stories will help you anticipate and remember your own journeys.

Here’s a selection of first-hand accounts that showcase the joy of traveling by bicycle, including some of our most recent stories shared through our #WhyIBikeTour campaign (see more here!).

Some are videos, and some are published stories by professional journalists, our own travelers, and our staff members.

We hope they’ll spark your wanderlust like they have ours!

Read all of our inspiring #WhyIBikeTour stories on our blog. And don’t forget to share yours! Tag us at #WhyIBikeTour and @biketoursdotcom on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Or e-mail your stories, photos, and videos to us.

Published travel stories

Why you should travel blog your next trip (even if you’re not a blogger)
Great article on why (and how!) to capture your travels in the moment:
“Many non-bloggers don’t realize that you can blog without it being a big deal–you can do it just for fun. Because you can’t film every minute of your voyages (nor should you try), but you can make a commitment to sit down every evening (or wake a few minutes earlier every morning) and get down your still-fresh memories from the day before while you are traveling.”
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I biked through Tuscany and it was one of the hardest trips I’ve ever taken — but it was totally worth it
A clients tells her about the highs (literally) and lows of her bike tour in Tuscany:
In the wise words of Ernest Hemingway “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.” He’s right. I definitely remember every single hill. But I also remember that frog shaped fountain, and how San Sano might just be one of the most insanely beautiful villages I have ever seen, and how it felt like we had time traveled into the Middle Ages.
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We are so lucky: Cycling in the southern Dalmatian Islands 
A client tells about her club’s trip to Croatia:
Our long-awaited late-September boat and cycle trip through the southern Dalmatian Islands was to begin the next day. After two previous European cycle trips on our own, Cheryl and I had invited members of our outdoor club to join us in Croatia this year. We’d hoped for half a dozen. When the boat sold out 11 months ago, we had 17 in our group. Fantastic.
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Staff trip diary: Wilderness Mountain Biking in the Scottish Highlands
Travel advisor Richie Daigle blogs about his incredible experience mountain biking in the Scottish wilderness:
Wendell Berry once said, “Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.” This sums up exactly how I felt as we set out.
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Namaste, India
Marketing coordinator and resident Asia specialist Lindsay Nash writes about her incredible cycling tour in India:
Maybe this is why India is so special. The hundreds year old red sandstone of the Red Fort and the translucent white pearl of the Taj Mahal are special. Of course. And the white flowing lungis, prayer calls and shadowy minarets at the beautiful Jama Masjid mosque in Old Delhi sends my soul flying with its birds heavenward toward Allah. But it is India’s vast diversity that makes her beautiful. A song from a siren that casts a spell on anyone who glances and gets locked in her eyes. For they are bulbs of great happiness and sadness, victory and loss, growth and destruction, wealth and poverty, but most importantly, tolerance and acceptance.
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Share yours

Want to share an account of a bike tour you’ve done? Weave the tale of one great travel memory? Publish a photo album or video? Tag us at #WhyIBikeTour and @biketoursdotcom on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Or e-mail your stories, photos, and videos to us.