As those of you who regularly follow Travel Destination Bucket List know, I love to travel and love to cycle. To travel the world by bike, experiencing different cultures and getting up close and personal with the country side would be like a dream come true. I have had the good fortune to have cycled across Canada, cycled Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road and spent considerable bicycle holiday time cycling in Mallorca and France. I still dream of cycling around Australia and have much of the trip mapped out – a major cycle touring bucket list item for sure.
There are so many great places to cycle in this world – I am pleased to present my next list:
Bucket List #3: Cycling Destinations.
1. Cycling Holiday in Italy
I have covered the island of Mallorca, cycled in France’s glorious regions of Provence and Brittany (Paris-Brest-Paris), but I still daydream of cycling holiday in Italy. There are so many wonderful regions for cycling – I almost don’t even know where to begin! While I usually embark on these adventures without the assistance of an organized tour – I have to say – a quick internet search landed me on the Cycle Italia site – and I love their philosopy: “pedala forte, mangia bene!” (ride hard, eat well). What a great philosophy for the next cycling holiday – destination Italy! Who wouldn’t want to cycle tour through Tuscany or tackle the legendary Dolomites?
2. Cycling Holiday in Vietnam
Vietnam is such a popular cycling destination and that popularity is growing. There are countless companies offering cycling tours of all levels and distances in the area. Ride the countryside, enjoying a slower pace of life as you learn about the magic of Vietnam. Enjoy stunning vistas of rice paddies, emerald jungles and white beaches – visit ancient sites and cycle with the locals. The experience is high on my list!
CyclingTips offered some great tips for those doing it unsupported.
3. Cycling Holiday in New Zealand
Cycling New Zealand – can you imagine anything more idyllic than a cruising the South Island by bike? Touring the North Island is also becoming a popular choice. How ever to decide – better do both. The landscape and open roads, beautiful towns and a stop in the adventure capital of Queenstown – so many great places for riding. New Zealand lends itself quite well to the independent cycling tour. When living in Australia, many of my cycling friends would pack up and do a 2 week cycling vacation in New Zealand – I just never got the chance to go…
4. Cycling Holiday in The Netherlands
The home of cycling – The Netherlands – how can I not include the Dutch countryside on my list? The Dutch lowlands are touted as a cycling paradise – what a unique way to see the Dutch countryside and experience cycling nirvana. Five reasons to cycle in Holland – I couldn’t agree more. Imagine all the great photo ops for a spring cycling vacation in Holland – the tulip fields and all their glorious colour!
5. Grand Tour – Cycle Australia – Sydney to Sydney
Definitely my dream trip. I envision a 12 month trek, interspersed with experiencing the beauty of Australia as I go. Certainly one of the most challenging of endeavours as the distance, climate and terrain all play a significant factor. There will be days of stunning beauty, like the above picture – taken as we cycled the Great Ocean Road. I am sure there will be long, tough days as the cycling route covers the Nullarbor and other remote regions scattered throughout Australia. While I have done many trips alone – this will not be one of them! When this dream finally happens, I am sure it will be the most rewarding – the experience, like when I cycled across Canada, will stay with me forever.
What is your dream cycling vacation hotspot? Do you dream of a grand tour or cycling through the vineyards? Groupo relaxo as you experience the culture of the region, stopping for coffee and sea side lunches, or pelting out the miles in training camp style? Flat lands or climbing mountains? Perhaps a cycling trip around the world? Cycle touring or vacations on bikes are becoming more and more popular. I certainly noticed on my last cycling vacation to Mallorca (trip #5) that there were greater numbers of cyclists out, and it thrills me to say that there are more and more women out each year – bicycle holidays are becoming a growing trend. The Age – an Australian paper, had a very interesting article in their sports section – City Slickers – looking at the trend of travelling by bike.
A google search for “cycle touring” resulted in over 3 million hits, bicycle holidays nearly 23 million! Whatever your dreams, whatever your goals – keep the rubber side down and enjoy the ride!
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