If you’re the kind of person who likes to do things just that little bit different from the rest, you may want to check out taking a cycling holiday. That might just seem a lot of work and bother for many good folk, but rest assured, the effort will be well worth it. And most people who try it one time, do it again and again as the enjoyment of seeing somewhere from a completely different viewpoint than the usual tourist 4 wheel route makes all the difference.
Let’s see why this kind of holiday is really catching on nowadays and why people are giving it a try:
You’ll get to see things a lot more up and close
On a cycling holiday, you’ll get to see parts of a country that is basically unseen by people in their cars and coaches. You can easily stop when and where you want to and easily get to places where the 4 wheel kind of vehicle simply just can’t. You’ll be rarely going fast enough for the world to flash by without you taking notice of the finer details. And naturally, you will notice the ups and downs a lot more – but there’s no race going on and it’s not necessary to rush, you can just take every pedal stroke at your own leisurely pace.
There’s an abundance of time to chat
Cycling holidays with a partner or friend is great, as you can take all day long to ramble not only in cycling but in conversation also! And should you feel that you want to go it alone, then it’s more than likely that you’ll come across plenty of inquisitive local folk along the way, who are keen to hear about your trip and tell you about their own adventures in life. You just don’t get that kind of feedback sitting on a beach all day.
See another side of a foreign culture
Many holidays abroad are all about sunbathing, nightlife and partying, and OK, that’s what those kind of areas are geared up for. But for an increasing amount of alternative travellers, their quest has become having the chance to spend some time really getting to know a different culture and way of life. Be it cycling in Holland, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, and France or elsewhere, you will have lots of time to see a side of a country rarely seen by other travellers. Just sampling the local cuisine at places well away from touristy areas will give you an insight into another culture which others will never see.
Mentally you’ll get really strong – and physically too
The pace may indeed be gentle – but that doesn’t mean that at times you won’t have to go up a hill or two! The thing is, that at the end of the day, your mind and body will be in better shape than when you set out.
Now you can see why these kind of holidays have become so popular, and definitely will become more so in the future. Get on that bicycle and enjoy!