What better way to experience the world than riding it on two wheels? Here are seven essential tips if you’re planning to cycle your way through your travels.
Prepare for the weather
Depending on where you’re headed, there’s going to be weather conditions that you may not be accustomed to, and they become a whole new challenge when cycling. Hot weather can tire you out much quicker than usual and leave you dehydrated and tired, whereas storms and even snow in some locations pose a threat to your safety. Make sure you’re aware of the local climate, and work your day around it. Consider going for a ride early in the morning to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Look out for traffic
It goes without saying that in a lot of countries, the rules of the road are not as strict as they are at home. Although riding on the roads is never guaranteed to be completely safe, you need to be aware that there may not even be rules when it comes to cyclists in some countries. Avoid busy traffic and dangerous junctions, and have a brush up on the local laws before you travel.
Eat well and healthily
When you’re on holiday, you’re going to let yourself go. Why not? Just be prepared for the toll it may take on your body if you’re not eating as healthily as usual. You may feel sluggish and less energetic, so consider a balance that doesn’t restrict you from any treats during your travels, but keeps you in top shape at the same time. Consider packing healthy snacks too – as advised by The Healthy Man – these will provide a nutritious burst of energy when it’s most needed!
Know where you’re going
Although it sounds like a no-brainer, it’s always tempting to head off the beaten track with the allure of some beautiful trails across the world. Make sure that you always know where you are, and consider mapping out a route if it doesn’t already exist so you’re sure of where you’ll be ending up. Although it might detract from the sense of adventure, a GPS will help you track your movements wherever you are.
Drink lots of water
It goes hand in hand with your eating habits, really, but drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated and energised when cycling. As previously mentioned, the heat in some countries will beckon for you to keep as well-watered as you possibly can, so keep a couple of bottles with you wherever you’re going. Try not to drink from the taps, though – tap water in other countries can sometimes pose a risk to your health.
Pack the necessities
If you’re a dedicated cyclist, you’re going to want to pack all of your essentials. TINZ has published a handy guide suggesting some of the things you’ll not be wanting to go without when riding trails on your travels – repair kits and safety gear are all absolutely vital when cycling in areas you’re not used to. There’s nothing worse than being stranded in an unknown location without the tools to fix your bike!
This might be the most important tip of all. Wherever you go and however much cycling you do, make sure to savour every moment. Riding around the world offers so much in the way of beautiful sights and thrilling adventures, and you’ll likely not forget some of the trails you discover. As long as you’re absolutely prepared and know what to do, you’re going to have the time of your life.
PS: This is a guest post written by Ivy Oliver. Hope you found it useful.