Plan Your First Cycle Touring Adventure

Emily Woodhouse Big Adventures, Practical Advice

So you want to have a go at cycle touring? Excellent! You’re not alone, but many people fall at the first hurdle. It sounds like a great idea, but you just don’t have a clue where to start.

If you’re the sort of person who’s scared of over planning (or can’t be bothered to read this article), there’s a short and easy answer. Pick a start point, grab a bicycle and a tent/money. Go. It can really be that simple. The rest will sort itself out.

For proof of this, check out my trip cycling from Cambridge to Plymouth via Switzerland on a tandem bicycle. We literally just booked the ferry and bought maps of Holland.

If you read that paragraph and thought, “But what about…” then here’s a comprehensive list of things to consider, when planning a cycling adventure slowly.

1. Picking the location

  • Communication
  • Season
  • Safety or Political Concerns
  • Visas

2. Planning the Route

3. Where will I stay?

  • Camping in Campsite
  • Camping Wild
  • Hotels, Hostels and Everything Between
  • Stay Indoors for Free

4. What to Bring

  • How much money?
  • How much training should I do?
  • Should I get Insurance?

For answers to these questions and more advice, see my article on Outdoor Revival or ask me anything in the comments below. What do you want to know about planning a cycling adventure?