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So, you want to cycle around the world? Really? You don’t want to sit on a plane and visit some faraway place and brag to all your friends that you’ve been there? That’s the spirit!
We, human beings, are explorers. We love seeing and experiencing new things. Unfortunately, most of us forgot that because of our busy schedules. So, if you’re planning on traveling the world on a bike, we salute you. Before you start your trip though, there are three essential things you should do.
Get a bike
Some would say that it doesn’t really matter which one, but it does. You need a bike that’s comfortable and durable. You won’t get far with a bike that’s uncomfortable and breaks down even on a straight road, so pick a bike that suits you.
Quit your job
Unless you’re a freelancer, you’ll have to quit your job. Traveling around the world on a bike is not easy – you’ll need a few years to do so. So, write a letter to your boss and your loved ones and tell them you’ve become a free spirit and that you won’t be back for a while.
Overthinking things is never a good idea. You need to stop having second thoughts. Strap a sleeping bag and a tent on your bike, take some food and water with you, and slowly pedal away from home. If you want, snap a couple of pictures of your home and neighborhood before you go, and in a couple of years, when you return, you’ll be able to notice what has changed while you were away.
Don’t research too much – The truth is, you could spend months figuring out different paths, gathering information about border crossings, seasons, equipment, and visas. Or you could just, you know, go!
Figuring things out on the road can be stressful, but it can be fun too. You’re going on an adventure, so don’t think too much, and don’t try to learn everything you can before you go. The best part of this adventure is getting to know different cultures, and, of course, yourself along the way.
Save money – Unfortunately, we live in a world where you cannot do much without money. Before you go, put some dollars in your bank account, because you’ll need it for repairs and food. However, try not to rely too much on it. You certainly have some skills, so try to find some work along the way.
Equip yourself – In order to survive, you need to have the proper equipment. Now, it’s true that you could spend hundreds of dollars on the lightest tent possible or some waterproof pants and shoes, but why would you do that?
Grab a tent from a charity shop, equip yourself with Topeak tools, and buy only comfy clothes, it doesn’t matter how they look. You need to feel comfortable in them while riding, who cares if they’re orange or bright green?
Don’t plan a route – You should know your final destination (that sounds scary), but don’t spend too much time in front of a map. Where’s the fun in that? The beauty of a bicycle trip is in the freedom it offers, so don’t be afraid to take a wrong turn here and there. Why? Because there are no wrong turns. Just relax and let your feelings guide you.
Don’t set an end date – Riding a bike around the world is not about racing. It’s about challenging yourself and experiencing new things. Those who are in a hurry often fail to see the beauty that surrounds them. Don’t be that person. Take your time and enjoy your trip.
In the end, the most important thing is to allow your journey to grow in exciting and previously unimaginable ways. So quit being stubborn and insecure, grab that bike from your garage and start cycling!