Why is Bicycle Touring the Best Way to Travel Through Europe?
Its cheaper than public transport
You get fit whilst you are travelling
Europe is very diverse so you get to see a a lot of variety of places and people
You want to visit only cities
You don’t have a lot of time
You don’t like rain if you intend to travel in the winter
It can be expensive.
Cost is a factor in Europe. It can be more expensive depending on how you choose to spend your budget
Camping is really easy
What do you need
You need some minimal bicycle repair knowledge
You need to ride a bike loaded with luggage
Make sure you have enough cash before you leave
Once you leave
You can go wherever you want at whatever speed you choose
You will spend less by organising your own trip
Choose wisely the people you travel with- make sure they are fun
Determine your budget
Decided which countries to visit
Have a loose itinerary of places to visit
Buy a bike and minimal gear, clothes and panniers to put the stuff in
Think about what you likely daily distance will be
If you need to book transport to and from your start and end points do that
Do some minimal research into accommodation possibilities
Otherwise, play it by ear
If you speak English then often many people in Europe will speak the language. Otherwise, you can get some good iPhone apps with phrase books on them,and you can get by on the basics or just with gestures if necessary.
The geography in Europe is variable from the flat lands of the Netherlands to the mountains of the Alps, respectively you will put in good distance in the former and get really fit and go slow for the latter.
Europe’s weather is variable due to its range of geographies. If you are looking for sun you will be better off heading south round the Mediterranean.
Europe is well known for its range of foods. Its a good way to splash your budget. Its possible to live cheaply by making your own sandwiches, buying bread, cheese and vegetables in local shops.