The Benefits of Bicycles – Why You Should Choose a Cycling Holiday This Year

Hands up, who needs to get fit? Whose idea of exercise is a quick dash for the bus to work or walking up two flights of stairs rather than using the lift once a day? OK, twice at a push. The annual holiday comes around and we head for the beach and bars, coming home a few pounds heavier and deciding to join a gym soon – ish.

It doesn’t have to be like that.

Combine a rejuvenating holiday with a spot of exercise and you’ll come home feeling better than you’ve felt in years.

Not convinced?

Try getting on your bike this year – here are six reasons why you should (plus some safety tips).

 

Bikes Are Eco-Friendly

cycling holiday for freedom and fitness

A cycling holiday can give you freedom, fitness and take you to a whole new level

Getting on your bike is one of the most eco-friendly holidays you can take. There’s no fuel required and it’s much easier on your budget. Go green and glide serenely past all those traffic queues.

Bikes Are Great for Exploration

Aside from burning off more calories, a holiday on two wheels (or more if you opt for trikes and tandems) is the ideal way to explore somewhere new. Coasting through the countryside you’ll learn much more about the people, heritage, traditions and culture of your chosen destination than you would on a cramped tour bus. Cycling gives you an exhilarating sense of freedom and plenty of fresh air.

With a Bike You Can Plan Your Own Itinerary Easily

Free of traffic congestion and tour times, the adventurous traveller can plan their own itinerary from start to finish. If you’re wary or if this is the first time you’ve done anything more than lie on a beach then opt for the services of a guide. Most reputable tour operators will offer both options. You’ll still have a flexible itinerary but you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you won’t be getting lost in a foreign land.

Enjoy Nature More On Your Bike

From towering mountains to verdant rainforests and gleaming sands, a biking holiday gives you the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with the local wildlife and natural world. When did you last truly take in your surroundings, marvel at burgeoning plantlife or savour a sunset? You can stop at any time while you’re cycling and immerse yourself in your surroundings.

Safety Tips for Cycling

No matter how experienced you are or how deserted your chosen destination, take a few precautionary measures and observe essential safety tips. These include checking your bike thoroughly before setting off for the day – every day – and wearing a good quality bike helmet. OK, it’s not exactly high fashion but if you do take a tumble you’ll be grateful for it. Always check the weather forecast before you set off and be prepared for all eventualities. Depending on your location, don’t forget sunglasses, sun cream, waterproof clothing and insect repellent! Oh, and padded cycling shorts if you’re on a long trek. That’s one piece of kit you won’t regret taking.

Flexibility

Lovers of extreme sports can combine cycling with other activity holidays such as white water rafting, abseiling and water-skiing to name just a few. Before long, even the beginners out there may be eager to try out more challenging terrain – and there’s plenty of it about.

Something for Everyone

Cycling holidays offer something for everyone and are great fun for couples, families or solo travellers.

Whether you’re a novice or an ardent cycling fan there’s a holiday to suit your needs. If you’re seeking inspiration to get in shape, training for a race or simply in search of the freedom of outdoor life, adapt your holiday to suit.

The great thing about cycling is that

  • it’s weight bearing (there’s no jarring impact as there is with jogging)
  • it burns more calories than strolling along a beach.
  • you’ll return home energised, toned, raring to go and quite probably planning your next trip.

A cycling holiday will take you to a whole new level, quite literally at times.

 

Kate Smedley looks at cycling holidays to improve fitness and see the world.

 

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Comments

  1. I love how cycling is getting more and more popular these days. If you look at many less developed countries, everyone rides bikes as their main transport. As a country gets more developed, we all move towards motor vehicles. Then after much congestion, pollution and stress, we seem to start reverting back to bicycles. :-) I think it’s a good trend.

    • Mind you Sam… look at many modern cities and towns and we see that they are (slightly) proactive encouraging cycling to be the norm. Take a look at Amsterdam as an example. Cycling is quite the norm over there and there isn’t any other city that promotes and uses cycling as much as they do. And it works too.
      And there is no reason why cycle taxis ( like rickshaws) couldn’t be used too.

      • Yes I agree. Vancouver is another city that I think is doing a good job of encouraging cycling. And I’ve seen better bike lanes being developed in a number of US cities, which I think goes a long way for encouraging bicycle transportation.

  2. HI Kate, more people need to cycle while on holiday! There are some excellent bike trails near Disney. A great way to get some sightseeing in and stay in shape!

  3. Sam totally agreed with you on that. In this world with increasing tension on climate change cycling isn’t just a fun thing or workout. It should be encouraged to use this as the common medium of transportation. I’m glad to see that the tendency toward cycling is growing gradually.

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