An Interesting Time To Move To Greece

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It looks like I have chosen an interesting time to move to Greece! With the general election sweeping out the old order and ushering in the new, there is a strange mix of hope and uncertainty in the air. Can the anti-austerity party Syriza deliver on their promises? Will Greece default on debt payments if they can't renegotiate them? If they do, will they be forced out of the Euro and revert back to the Drachma? More importantly (from a completely selfish point of view), what does this mean for one Dave Briggs and his plans to move to Greece in a couple of weeks time?!? An Interesting … [Read more...]

Move To Athens – Some Travel Preparations

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Well, it looks like I have already broken my New Years resolution to post travel blog updates every two weeks! Such a good job that I didn't do anything stupid, and try to give up drink for a month! Anyhow, I think I have a reasonably good excuse for not posting new blog updates recently, and that's because I have been preparing to move to Athens. (If you want to read the backstory behind why I am moving there, then read here - Change of Travel Plans). Arguably, as I have been preparing for an around the world trip for the last four years, you would think that I would be a little ahead … [Read more...]

A Cycling Fitness Plan for Bicycle Touring – Do You Need One?

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Whilst bicycle touring may not be a sport in the traditional sense, it is a method of travel which requires a degree of physical exertion. Each view from the top of a mountain is earned the hard way ,and every mile that passes does so with the turning of pedals. The great thing is though, that almost anyone and everyone is capable of doing it. You don't need to be an elite athlete, or be some sort of superman. People of all shapes, sizes and ages embark on bicycle touring vacations and long distance expeditions in their tens of thousands every year. To get the most out of a bicycle tour … [Read more...]

Travel Plans Now Slightly Altered – Let’s Go To Athens!

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The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. That line comes from a ¬†Robert Burns¬†poem (yes, that's right folks, Dave has read a poem, don't faint from shock). It basically means that even the most carefully thought out plans might be altered in some unpredictable way, and yep, that's just what has happened to me. I have to say, I didn't really see this one coming either. So, let's put you in the picture. As you are probably aware, my travel plans have been for quite some time now to cycle around the world beginning in May 2015. The kit is bought, funds are in place, enthusiasm levels … [Read more...]

Daves Travel Pages: Recycling 2014

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2014 is almost over, and didn't it seem to fly by! Is it my imagination, or does each year that passes seem to go quicker and quicker? The period between Christmas and New Year's is a good a time as any to pause and catch my breath though, and so it's time to reflect on the year that was. With a few trips abroad, a cycling holiday, product testing and website development, it's been a busy one at Daves Travel Pages. Here's some of the highlights. Daves Travel Pages Blog Development Lets start off with the blog development. OK, this might not be particularly exciting to you, but it has … [Read more...]

Countries I Have Spent Christmas

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There's only a couple of days left now until Christmas, and this year, I am spending it in England with family. I'm really looking forwards to it, but I did start thinking back to some of the countries I have spent Christmas in when travelling. It's always a little bit strange when you are in a foreign country over the holiday period, and some of the countries and situations I have found myself in have been stranger than others! Sweden - Way back in 2002, I lived and worked in Sweden for a while. Looking back now, I can say that I am glad of the whole experience, although at the time, I … [Read more...]

How to Cut Costs On A Bicycle Tour

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Long term travel comes in many forms, but few can match bicycle touring when it comes to making a budget stretch further. It's mainly due to the simplicity of touring itself - Sleep. Eat. Ride. Repeat. (Actually, you should probably put a few more 'eats' in there, but you can see where I am coming from). Transport costs, the bane of other modes of travel, are totally eradicated. 6-8 hours of cycling a day removes the desire and in most cases the ability to go partying every night, and who wants to buy material possessions that you have to lug around with you in the panniers day after day? It … [Read more...]

Topeak Mini Dual DXG Pump – Bicycle Touring Gear

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A bicycle pump is one of those essential pieces of cycling equipment that no-one should cycle without, whether on a quick jaunt to the shops, or a cycling expedition around the world. Choosing a good pump for bicycle touring then, is perhaps one of the smartest things you will do when preparing for a long distance cycling trip. A suitable pump needs to be well made, durable, up to the job, lightweight, and none too bulky. Ideally, it should also have a pressure gauge, so that tyres can be inflated to the correct pressures. Enter the Topeak Mini Dual DXG pump then. A compact and affordable … [Read more...]

Should You Wear a Helmet For Bicycle Touring?

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Few things are more divisive within cycling circles than whether or not you should wear a helmet. This isn't just on a person to person level either, it's on a national level. In countries such as Australia and New Zealand, wearing helmets is compulsory for cyclists. In other parts of the world such as the Netherlands, they shake their un-helmeted heads in bewilderment at the very idea. Just why is the world so divided over something so seemingly simple? After all, in theory, it only makes sense to use one. I think it's because most folk get hung up over the word 'compulsory' when it's thrown … [Read more...]

Cycling Route Through Europe – The Problem With Choosing One

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If you are a regular visitor to Daves Travel Pages, you will probably be aware by now that I am planning to cycle around the world beginning in April of 2015. If you are not a regular visitor, well, now you do know! Of course, its all very well saying that I will cycle around the world, but sooner or later, I will need to come up with a route. The world's a big place with many roads to choose from (preferably unsealed for that added sense of adventure!), and whilst I might not want to plan too exact a route, a rough direction would be nice! The Problem With Choosing a Cycling Route … [Read more...]