Flights and Hotel in Athens for TBEX

hotel in Athens

Having just booked flights and a hotel in Athens, I thought I would write a quick update. As I may have mentioned in a previous blog post, this October, I am attending the TBEX travel bloggers conference in Athens. Held bi-anually, with one staged in the Americas and one in Europe, my first experience was in Dublin last year. I came away from there very impressed with the organisation of it all, and filled with new ideas about how to develop this travel blog. The Guinness wasn't bad either! I am happy to say, that almost nine months later, many of those ideas I developed have made their … [Read more...]

Best Foods for Bicycle Touring

best foods for bicycle touring

It has to be said, that bicycle touring makes you hungry! The bicycle may be a machine, but your body is the engine, and that engine needs fuel. The best foods for bicycle touring need to replace those lost calories quickly, be relatively light weight, and keep well on the road. In the case of cyclists on multi week/month/year trips, they also need to be cheap! Its hardly surprising then, that the same foods crop up again and again in the panniers of bicycle tourists around the world. Before I go any further, I should mention that I am a strong believer in a balanced diet, and also eat … [Read more...]

New Airport Security Measures

new airport security measures

Last week, the implementation of new airport security measures were announced. Unsurprisingly, this was greeted with a huge collective groan from tens of thousands of people who are due to fly out on holiday this summer. After all, getting through security screening is already a hassle, without new airport security enhancements such as this being added. So, how are these new rules likely to affect you? Who announced the New Airport Security Measures ? The new measures were first announced by Secretary Johnson of the United States Department of Homeland Defence on the 2nd of July. In a … [Read more...]

Rohloff Hub – Why Choose One for Bicycle Touring

Rohloff Hub

I've been asked quite a few times why I decided to choose a Rohloff hub for bicycle touring. Sometimes, it is from other bicycle tourers who are considering buying one themselves, and other times, it's from non-cyclists who can't quite believe that I spent that much on it! Believe me, it was not a snap decision. I spent a long while weighing up the pros and cons of choosing a Rohloff hub for my expedition bicycle before parting with my hard earned cash. Before we go any further, I need to mention that I've not always used a Rohloff hub. My previous journeys such as cycling from England … [Read more...]

Planning for the Cycling Trip Around the World – Brief Update

Dave Briggs and friends

It's been a while since I wrote of my progress in planning the next cycling trip around the world, and I thought I would post a brief update. In a way, I suppose it also acts as a six monthly review, the last one of which I did around the new year - A Quick re-cycle of 2013. So, what have I been up to, and how have I been getting on? Planning my Cycling Trip Around the World - Update Most of my planning for the trip, has taken the form of either saving money, or acquiring new items of gear, something which is hard to do at the same time! During the six months since Christmas, I have … [Read more...]

Cycling England to South Africa

bushmen

In 2006, I began an amazing trip cycling England to South Africa. This 10 month adventure took me through countries such as Syria, Sudan and Tanzania, as I cycled across Europe, the Middle East and then East Africa. During this time, I had some incredible experiences, met countless friendly people, and cycled by the odd elephant and giraffe. Back then, although Daves Travel Pages was online, travel blogging was really still in its infancy. I updated every week or so as I was cycling England to South Africa, but it was written more with family and friends in mind. As such, my travelogues … [Read more...]

Bicycle Touring Tips

Bicycle Touring Tips

The bicycle touring tips listed below, are the result of quite a few years spent cycling around the world. During this time, I've had my fair share of joys and disasters, tricky situations and sublime experiences. It's been an incredible learning journey, and one that continues almost every time I get on the bike. By sharing some of the things that I have picked up along the way, I hope to make life a little easier for other cycling tourers. There should be something of use here for everyone, whether you are planning a weekend tour, or a more ambitious around the world cycling adventure. … [Read more...]

Tecknet iEP1500 Power Bank Review – Bicycle Touring Gear

Tecknet iEP1500 Power Bank

Recharging tech gear when bicycle touring can sometimes be a bit of a pain, and so I bought the Tecknet iEP1500 Power Bank 15000 mAh External Battery Backup in order to provide a solution. The idea of a power bank external battery, is that it acts as a portable charger to USB powered devices when there is no access to mains electricity. Exactly what I was looking for. The Tecknet iEP1500 isn't just limited to bicycle touring of course. Hikers, campers, festival goers, and even conference or event attendees will all find a use for it.   The Tecknet iEP1500 Power Bank So, let's start … [Read more...]

Reasons to Use a VPN When Travelling – Hotspot Shield

Anything for a WiFi signal

For those in the know, the reasons to use a VPN when travelling are pretty obvious. Not everybody is in the know of course, and Daves Travel Pages is here to help! So, if you have ever wondered what a VPN is, how to use one, and why, this is just what you have been looking for. What is a VPN? Let's start with the basics. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a way of connecting securely to the internet via a private "tunnel" through the web. This is the most secure way of connecting to the internet, especially by WiFi when travelling, or even when at home for that matter. Taking … [Read more...]

Brooks B17 Saddle for Bicycle Touring – The Perfect Fit

Brooks B17 saddle

The Brooks B17 saddle is ideal for bicycle touring for a number of reasons. It is well made, hard wearing, easy to maintain, and most importantly comfortable! The reason for this, is that although there is a short breaking in period, after a while, the leather saddle from Brooks effectively moulds itself to the shape of your butt. This ensures a perfect fit, which is vital for those long hours spent in the saddle when bicycle touring. I've not always had one. In fact, it has taken me two cycling expeditions of over 15000 kms each to get around to finally owning a Brooks! And why is … [Read more...]