It's official! I will be cycling from Greece to England, beginning in May this year! With less than a month to go before I start turning the pedals, check out why I am doing it, where my route will take me, and why I think bicycle touring is the best way to travel.
Cycling From Greece To England
If you are a regular reader of Dave's Travel Pages, you will already know that I have a passion for bicycle touring. (My previous cycling trips have included cycling from Alaska to Argentina, and England to Cape Town). You may also know that I have been living in Greece for just over a year. That I should now want to cycle from Greece to England probably doesn't phase you much. You may even be asking why I haven't done it earlier!
If you are a less frequent reader though, cycling from Greece to England might sound like a bizarre idea. It's quite a long way after all, and it's not exactly flat. Who in their right mind would want to do that, and why? Just who is this crazy Englishman? I hope to explain all that and more…
About Dave Briggs
First of all, let me introduce myself. Just in case the title of the blog didn't make it clear enough, my name is Dave. I am English, aged 44, and currently living in Athens, Greece. (If you would like to find out more about me, you can check this article out – About Dave Briggs).
Why Bicycle Touring
I realised almost 15 years ago that bicycle touring was the best way to travel and see the world. It lets you move through a country at a pace slow enough to experience everything around you, and yet fast enough to cover reasonable distances in a week. Bicycle touring takes you off the beaten track, and lets you explore areas few other tourists ever get to see.
It's a great way to meet local people, to make lasting connections, to taste the food, and to gain a deeper insight into a country. Bicycle touring is environmentally friendly, economical, and also a great way to keep fit. It is both challenging and rewarding.
Would You Go Bicycle Touring Across Europe?
Are you sold on it yet? I hope so! You see, the whole point of this blog, is to provide travel inspiration. I want to show you that there is an entire world of wonder just outside of what you think is your comfort zone. That countries you would not normally think of visiting are just as fascinating as mainstream tourist destinations. In fact, this blog shouldn't be called Dave's Travel Pages, it should be called “Hey, you can do this too!!“.
Apologies if this all seems like a bit of a rant, it's just that as you may tell, I am quite passionate about it. I strongly believe that if more people travelled and talked to one another, the world wouldn't have half the problems it has now. Anyway, here's the information you most likely came here for, which is about cycling from Greece to England.
Cycling From Greece to England 2016
I plan to start my trip on the second weekend in May. I have already worked out a rough route, and have estimated that it will take me around 73 days to cycle from Greece to England. The route I will follow passes through Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Belgium, France, and finally England.
During the build up to departure, and then when I am on the road cycling from Greece to England, I will be regularly updating the blog and my social media profiles. If you would like to follow along (and I would LOVE it if you could!), here's how.
Keep in Touch
1. The easiest way to keep informed about the cycling trip from Greece to England, is by signing up for my newsletter. See the red bar at the top of the page? Pop your email address in there, and you will get an email notification every time I update the blog. Easy!
2. The second easiest way, is to bookmark this website and/or page. I will keep updating the blog and this page as I produce new content relevant to cycling from Greece to England. I will explain more below.
3. Follow Dave's Travel Pages on Facebook. – I will update my Facebook page once or twice a day, with links to new blog posts and photos from the road.
4. Instagram – If you love photos but can't be bothered to read about the trip, then my Instagram account may be better for you!
5. Twitter – My twitter account provides general travel inspiration. As well as finding updates about my trip, you will also find plenty of other travel stories, tips, and guides there.
6. Youtube – I intend to create a short Vlog every day during my trip. I am not sure I will be able to update the account itself every day, so a week may go by, and then I will upload 7 videos all in one go! Subscribe to the channel, and you will receive notifications when a new Vlog goes live.
Blog Posts on Cycling From Greece To England
Here is a list of blog posts that I intend to write both building up to the trip, and then when I am out on the road. As a new blog post goes live, I will update this page with a link out to it. Even now, I recognise it as being quite a tough schedule to keep!
Choosing a Cycling Route from Greece to England – The resources I used to begin planning my cycling route through Europe.
The Stanforth Kibo+ Bicycle – Stanforth Bicycles from the UK have kindly loaned me a bicycle to test out during this bicycle tour. Read about the bicycle I will be using when cycling from Greece to England.
Bicycle Touring Gear List – Read about the bicycle touring gear I will be taking with me
Planned Bicycle Touring Route From Greece To England – Discover the route I will be taking, and how I went about planning it
During The Cycling Trip
Bicycle Touring in Greece – Cycling from Athens to Messolonghi
Explore Parga in Greece from Acrothea Hotel – What to See and Do in Parga
Cycling in Greece – Cycling from Messolonghi to Ksamil in Albania
Bicycle Touring in Albania – Updates on my experiences cycling in Albania
Bicycle Touring in Montenegro – Updates on my experiences cycling in Montenegro
2 days in Dubrovnik – What to see and do during 2 days in Dubrovnik
Cycling in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Updates on what will be a very short cycling trip through this country!
Cycling in Croatia – Updates on my experiences cycling in Croatia
Cycling in Slovenia – Updates on my experiences cycling in Slovenia
Big Berry Campsite Review – A luxury campsite in Slovenia has kindly offered to host me for a couple of nights in exchange for an honest review
2 Days in Bratislava – What to see and do during 2 days in Bratislava
2 Days in Budapest – What to see and do during 2 days in Budapest
Cycling the Danube Trail in Reverse From Bratislava – I will follow the Danube cycling path from Bratislava into Germany
Cycling in Germany – Updates on my experiences cycling in Germany
Cycling in Belgium – Updates on my experiences cycling in Belgium
Cycling in France – Updates on my experiences cycling in France
Cycling in England – Updates on my experiences cycling in England
Post-trip Blog Posts
There will be a few of these I am sure, but I will think about them closer to the time!
Note – During this time, my #museummonday project to visit and write about every museum in Athens will sadly be on hold. This will resume when I return in August though!