Have a question for us? Feel free to ask it in the comments! Below are some common questions we get.
“How far do you cycle every day?”
In the beginning we will take it easy to warm up our bodies. Later, we hope to average 90-100 km per day. Sometimes less, or more, depending on physical shape, weather, elevation and road conditions.
“What route are you taking?”
Currently the route through Europe is not decided, but we will take the ferry to Denmark and start heading towards Austria. After Europe, the plan is Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China. From here the alternative is Myanmar onwards to Thailand, otherwise Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore. Nothing is set in stone though.
You can see the actual route here!
“Where do you sleep?”
In our tent, usually 5 minutes into the nearest forest off any road. We might use Warmshowers to meet other cyclists, and stay with them if it fits our/their schedule. Daniel has previously hosted some funky people through this community before! Sometimes people you meet on the road invite you to stay, or if we’re tired we will take into a hotel/guesthouse or similar if we need a proper break.
“How much does it cost?”
We have a food budget that we will try to hold at 10€ per day, per person. We cook most meals on the camping stove, with simple food/groceries bought from super markets. Further away from Europe you can eat at local courts/restaurants for cheap, which is convenient. So depending on which part of the world we are currently in, the monthly budget will vary between 200-400€. We’ll try to keep a track of our costs. We have been saving money for the past year, and sold most of our belongings before we left.
“How do you plan such a trip?”
You read up on other cycle tourer’s blogs for information, inspiration and advice. Caravanistan is an amazing resource which is necessary to read up on when traveling through Central Asia as rules are ever changing there. It contains various essential information regarding visas, embassies and border crossing situations. There are some large Facebook groups as well where people discuss and help each other. You don’t need much planning outside of visas, as this is the kind of trip where you learn a lot through the experience. The most important things you need is a bike, dedication and will. A good daily routine is good too! 🙂
“Is it safe?”
Yes, although it’s less safe than not traveling at all. As long as you are aware of possible risks, stay updated on news and act accordingly, the biggest hazard of all is traffic. People are generally very curious and friendly towards you wherever you are in the world, as long as you abide by local customs and travel with an open mind! Don’t let your preconceptions of the world hold you back.