So often when traveling, there never seems to be enough time. People tend to have an itinerary which includes sightseeing from morning to night. It’s natural to feel the pressure. You’re only going to be there a short time so you want to see as many sites as you can. Often this leaves you feeling rushed and stressed. You weren’t able to take time to enjoy anything.
Whenever possible, we’ve made it a goal to travel green and to immerse ourselves in the cities we visit. This includes seeing sites in an eco-friendly manner and frequenting locally owned eateries. We have found an easy and enjoyable way to travel green is is by exploring cities on a bicycle.
But we always had the same questions. What were some interesting places to go and things to see that the people who live there enjoy? They’re not spending all their free time at the popular museums and monuments. So where do they go? And what would be the safest route to get there? Where are the best places to eat? What types of cuisine is the area known for?
We’ve enjoyed biking through many cities in Europe and Asia. We’ve rented bikes at a local shop and then armed with maps, navigated our way throughout several destinations, feeling good we were traveling green and supporting the local economy. Bike shop employees are great for recommendations and can help you decide where to go and what to do. We like biking and walking around towns to get more of the true local perspective. We can take our time much more so than if we were on an organized tour.
Bicycle tours when on vacation
Cycling tours can be a great way to explore a new city, and they are definitely eco-friendly. And you can learn a lot. However, we when we went on bike tours organized by tour operators and agencies, we didn’t feel like we were immersed in the local culture. It certainly was more authentic than touring on a bus or trolley, and of course, you get the benefit of exercise. Biking is a much more fun and active way of visiting places. It is much more affordable as well.
It’s important for you to decide if you are more comfortable on your own or if you feel better with an organized bike tour — be it a group tour or the tour guide and only your group.
More cities are creating a cycling infrastructure with safer and more bike lanes and laws. (Learn about our vacation bicycling in Vienna.) They are continuing to expand their reach as cycling tourism becomes more popular. Many countries already have a cycling culture and have built safe cycling infrastructure into their road systems. And the great thing is there are plenty of locals there who are passionate about cycling.
Feeling a part of the town you are visiting
No one wants to look like a tourist when traveling. It’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and to be safe when traveling.
Popularity of cycling tours
Using a bike to get around town is an earth-friendly way to truly experience a new area. Enjoy cycling the streets while interacting with locals and dining on the city’s not-to-miss cuisine. Cycling tourism is a unique way to explore which may well become your favorite way to explore.