Cycle Touring – What is it Really Like?

Find out if cycle touring is right for you

Wondering what cycle touring is really like?

We spent two years cycle touring 16,000 km in 22 countries around the world! We’re not done with cycle touring yet — we just have to find the time for our next two-wheeled adventure.

If you’ve never been on a bike trip before, cycle touring might sound like the world’s craziest idea. It did to us, too, before we set out. But we experienced struggles, challenges, triumphs and so much joy, plus we learned so much about the world and ourselves along the way.

We created a journal entry for every single day we cycled! So if you’re wondering what gear you need, or what you’ll eat, or where to get water, or what it’s really like to travel by bicycle, dive right in.

Come along with us on our adventure and find out if cycle touring is right for you.

Choose a destination below or start from the day we left home.

If you’re already sold on bike touring, use our bike touring packing list to get started with your gear.


woman with bicycle loaded with leeks in pingyao china

China: Beijing to Xian →

Beijing, The Great Wall, Pingyao, & Xian

misty qinling mountains in china

China: Xian to Chengdu →

Qinling Mountains, Southern Shaanxi, and Chengdu

stephen on a small boat in the yangtze

China: Leshan to Wuhan →

Sichuan, Hubei, and a Yangtze River Cruise

China: Guangzhou to Vietnam →

Cycle Touring in the Pearl River Delta

China: Hong Kong →

Experiencing Hong Kong Like The Expats Do

China: Shanghai →

Experiencing Shanghai Like Expats

best travel experiences

Cambodia →

Eco-Tourism, Isolated Islands, and Astonishing Angkor

Indonesia: Bali →

Blissful Beaches, Tranquil Temples, and Terrible Traffic

Indonesia: Java →

Hectic Highways, Heavenly Backroads, and Jaw-Dropping Jakarta

travel slowly

Laos →

Mountain Villages, Sophisticated Cities, and The Iconic Mekong

Malaysia →

Balmy Beaches, Brisk Mountains, and a Sultry Jungle

monkey in lopburi thailand

Thailand →

Monumental Temples, Sizzling Cities, and Inestimable Elephants

Vietnam →

Wondrous Ha Long, Bustling Ha Noi, and Isolated Annamites


The Baltics →

Scenic Cities, Killer Camping, and a Sandy Spit

Croatia →

Adriatic Islands, Historic Cities, and Inland Lakes

Germany →

Endless Cycle Paths and Diverse Berlin

biking on eurovelo 6 hungary

Hungary →

Charming Villages, Fertile Farmlands, and Brilliant Budapest

Italy →

Hill Towns, Heavenly Food, and Adriatic Beaches

Poland →

Lovely Lakes, Piles of Pierogies, and Heart-Rending History

Russia →

Ferry to St. Petersburg: A 72-hour Visit To Russia

Scandinavia →

Summer in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark

cycle touring in slovakia tatras

Slovakia →

Stunning Stiavinica and Majestic Mountains

herder huts valika planina

Slovenia →

Meandering Rivers, Idyllic Plains, and Hot Springs

North America

Canada, Sunshine Coast

A bike tour on BC’s beautiful Sunshine Coast

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