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Not another world tour...

So I have been wrapping up my life in Scotland. Finishing my full time job, getting rid of stuff and telling people I am going to try cycle the world. Now I have done no planning at all. This goes against how I have operated before due to having to be well organised for my job.

From posts on here and on the facebook page I can see that there is so much expereince behind the screens.

Anyone want to share some tips, places and general advice with me? I like the idea of no plan however I am also interested to hear from you guys.

I have my last bit of work to complete and then from early April I should be free and ready to set off. I will be leaving from Scotland.

Cheers,

Paul. 

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G"day Paul

Howdy Paul

Congratulations on deciding to cycle around the world

Please if the path get you to Melbourne ,,Australia ,give me a shout.

Myself and a few friends off to a bicycle tour to ride the Nile ,.from Egypt to Ethiopia ,via Sudan and the big sahara

there is a great jouneral written by William Bennet ,who cycled the world a while ago

you can find the jounerals at crazy guy on a bike

good luck

Cheers

:-)

 

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G’day mate

Thanks Galal!

I will be in touch if and when I make it to your country!

Good luck on your travels! Just had a look on a map and looks like quite an adventure.

Cheers,

Paul.

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Hi Paul. 

Hi Paul. 

When i was 26 I left home and embarked on a 15 year bike trip around the world. Bike touring was not so common then. I certainly did not carry a mobile phone with me or have access to any social media. I made no plans. There is a great freedom to riding with no plans. There is a great freedom to carrying everything you need on your bike and being able to stop when and where you want. I camped wild, I knocked on doors and asked to put my tent in peoples gardens and on the odd occasion I stayed in a hostel. When the 15 years were up, I got a ‘proper’ job, settled down and tried that out. This lasted 6 years. Now I work 5 month in the winters and have 7 months holiday to bike tour :-) 

My point to all this is try it all. Try planning a small route, organizing sleepovers with warm showers etc, campsights etc. Then try making no plans....my usual rule of thumb is I start looking for places to camp around 5pm or around the 100km mark.....whatever comes first. Your about to embark on a fantastic journey, you have time to try it all out. It’s all good. People are kind, people are helpful and always ask. The worst you can get is a no. 

Countries I totally recommend. 

Montenegro-because it’s so spectacular and beautiful   Switzerland-expensive but oh my goodness, just stunning. Slovenia-friendly and delicious countryside Austria-if you love long long climbs (not so good for bad knees) Norway-More stunning scenery Germany,Holland, Denmark-great bike community and cycle paths and opportunities to meet like minded souls .......I could go on and on....but I’m sure you have your own list to. 

Oh and the best advice I can give. Don’t take what others say so seriously. It’s YOUR journey, YOUR path and if someone has a bad experience someplace, does not mean you will. 

May the wind be at your back, sun in your face and if your in norway, you’ll have a place to stay (if I’m not out biking)

katrine-mari

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Hello

Thank you for the message. 

15 years! That is a long time. 

I started my journey last month and cycled around Ireland and then headed to Europe. I am helping on a farm this weekend then I will continue slowly towards Asia. 

I am enjoying it so far. Norway is not on my journey but I would love to visit. 

Where do you plan to go next? 

Cheers,

Paul. 

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Hi Paul. I'm off for a 6 week

Hi Paul. I'm off for a 6 week trip through Denmark, north Germany and Holland. Then back again. Denmark is a wonderful country with fantastic old buildings and great architecture and full of artsy humans. Love it. Which country are you in now? Are you woofing? Another great way to spend cheep time in places.

Happy travels :-)

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Hello

Sounds like a nice trip!

I am currently in Germany following the Donau. I use Helpx and Warmshowers. I was helping on a farm for a few days and now I’m back on the road. 

Enjoy your trip! 

Cheers,

Paul. 

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The best touring advice I've

The best touring advice I've ever read. 

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The best touring advice I've

This was in response to Katrine's beautifully written reply...

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Ow....thanks Jim and Phoebe

Ow....thanks Jim and Phoebe for those kind words :-)