10 Benefits of Cycle Touring In Europe to Inspire Your Trip

  1. It will make you smarter

Exercise is scientifically proven to stimulate your brain [1]. You will meet many more people, come across tonnes of incredibly beautiful landscapes and cultures. This will fill your mind with lots of stimulating information.

2. It will make you fitter

Cycling 8 hours a day with a bicycle loaded with kit will make you fit. [2] Cycling is an excellent exercise, fantastic for cardio.

3. You will discover one  of the most politically advanced areas on the planet

Europe is a relatively small area with a huge diversity of different countries with their own cultures, that co-exist in relative peace (since the last world war). What Europe has achieved has never happened before in the history of the world, and you can go and explore it.

4. It is safe

Europe, compared to some parts of the world, is a very progressed place with good safety record and lowering levels of crime. There are many new long distance cycling routes that allow you to get off the road. The cycling culture in Europe is well progressed (think Tour de France, Amsterdam). 

5. Its easy to get hold of spares and repairs

Bike culture is widespread in Europe and in most cities and towns you will find bicycle shops that stock modern bikes and Shimano components. If you have any problems with your bike, its likely you can hop on a bus and get to a bike shop quickly.

6. It is easy in terms of currency

The Euro means that you can travel around plenty of European countries and only need to carry the one curency which is convenient and saves money on conversions.

7. Europe is a great stepping stone to get used to life on the road

Combining all the benefits above, means that you can travel around Europe without any experience, make tonnes of mistakes and enjoy yourself, but gain plenty of knowledge that will provide a foundation for travelling further afield to more adventure places. This is one of the reasons why I wrote 2 books- one about Europe and the other one about my travels in Pakistan, Iran, India etc, because the experience was completely different.

8. Plenty of people speak English in Europe

English is widely spoken in Europe so language is less of an issue.

9. There is a huge amount of variety in temperature, climate and geography

From the hot summer in Spain to the arctic circle in Norway, the plains in Hungry, the French Alps or Romania mountains, you have a huge amount of variety of Nature to explore in Europe.

10. There are tonnes of travellers and a great travel network in Europe

The infrastructure is well advanced in Europe for travellers. Public transport is generally very good, flights are cheap, people expect tourists but understand not to bug them. 

Overall the benefits of cycling in Europe are great. Check out my book to read more. 

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