How To Cycle Around The World

10th April 2017, Maxime Quantin and Nicolas d'Hoedt

Ever wanted to travel the World? Well nowadays there are a variety of ways to do so, whether it’s by plane or boat or even bike! Biking around the world can seem like a challenging process and in this article Maxime and Nicolas discuss their experiences biking around the world, including the locations they concurred and answers to common questions they are asked.

My name is Nico, I am from Belgium. Some years ago I decided to go discover some parts of the world on a bicycle and ever since, I keep on doing it whenever I can because found out it is a great way to travel.

I did two big bike trips in the last 5 years. For the first one I cycled from Budapest to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. Almost 5500 km completed in 3 and a half months.

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For the second trip, I cycled from Budapest to Brussels. It took me 5 weeks to cover the distance of 2200 kilometres

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In case you ever wondered what it would be like to cycle around the world, here are the answers to some of the most frequent questions I get:

1. Is it dangerous?

Well, considering that you might sometimes have to cycle on big roads with trucks, then yes. But most of the time it is totally safe and enjoyable.

Regarding thee security in the countries you are crossing, keep in mind that you will always be seen as a hero and that the local people will be rather curious than wanting to slow you down. 99% of the people on this planet are good people.

2. Isn’t it difficult?

‘Yes’ and ‘No’, it can be sometimes tiring, especially being on mountainous terrains, it challenges both your physical and mental strengths. It depends on many factors (wind, weather, types of roads, traffic, fitness level…) But believe me, it doesn’t take long before you start enjoying this and even get addicted to cycling.

3. Where do you sleep?

It is good to carry a tent, as it is not rare to find amazing camping spots or official campsites. Hotels are nice too, especially after swearing a lot due to cycling under hot temperatures. Having a shower or even a swimming pool is a fantastic feeling. You would also find many times people inviting you to stay at their place depending on the countries you are cycling through.

4. Do you do this alone or with friends?

In my opinion, I like to have a friend to cycle with, because to be able to count on someone when you might need help, as well as having a buddy to share all these beautiful memories with. Also, in case you might lose your temper in some situations, they can calm you down and vice versa.

5. How many km a day?

It depends on the terrain but you can most of the days cover between 80–100km. I personally like to stop for one day after 4 cycling days. The average distance per day for a trip including the rest days would be around 50 or 60 km.

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6. How much money do you spend?

Considering the number of days. I would say cycling is pretty cheap once you have the equipment. For example, in Eastern Europe, a daily budget would be more or less 20 euros pp and for that you’ll have nice food and a pillow. So we calculated a budget of 750 euros per month (which allows you to be comfortable), but of course it varies depending of the countries and your needs.

7. Why do you do this?

I get this question quite often, the answer is … Because it provides the best sense of freedom on would ever experience. The trip is not the destination but the whole ride. It is not going from point A to point B, it is everything that happens between. You really have the time to disconnect with the fast paced world we live in. You realise that you don’t need much. The only problems you have are to get food and wondering if you have enough water. The majority of the places you cross are just breath-taking and you get to know the nicest people on the planet and these are just examples as the list is way longer and could go on and on.

8. What’s the best country you visited?

There is no answer to that question, but personally I really enjoyed cycling through Romania and Georgia in Europe for its landscape and wonderful people.

9. What is the toughest moment you encountered?

Cycling the Desert in Kazakhstan was by far the most dangerous experience. Underestimating the desert can lead to death. But If you are well prepared it is also a fantastic experience that provides a great feeling of achievement. If you succeed, you’ll believe there is nothing that can stop you. I actually like the idea of taking risk but only if there is no other option.

10. Can I do this too?

Yes you can!

Cycling Trips are often the opportunity to experience some amazing and inspiring moments. We created a collaborative blog gathering stories lived around the World by travellers, My Travel Moment. Don’t hesitate to read some stories and share yours!

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