Becki, Matt and Theo are an adventurous family of 3 who dream of travelling the world, living simply and exploring the unknown. Soon they’ll be setting off for the first leg of their bicycle adventure, a ride across Canada from Calgary to Vancouver. Although the trip’s yet to get underway, their blog is chock full of information and inspiration for planning a major bicycle tour.
Anyone considering a long-distance bicycle tour will want to read Becki’s thoughts on the reasons we travel. Here’s what’s covered in Why Travel?
- Is it Safe?
- What about Theo? (the couple’s toddler)
- Can you afford it?
- What about your responsibilities—the job, the house?
- What about when you come back?
- Rose-tinted glasses?
Here’s a short snippet related to a balanced view about bicycle touring:
Don’t get me wrong, I know that this tour isn’t going to be all sunshine and life-altering experiences. There will be tough days. There will be days when we’re so exhausted or in such pain we can’t even face the idea of sitting on a bike ever again; when rain, wind, or sheer sub-zero temperatures make cycling a chore rather than an exciting prospect. I don’t doubt there will be illness, or injuries, or issues with the bikes; days when Theo will test our patience or things don’t go as planned. But actually, I’m looking forward to those experiences also. Because not only will we be challenging and pushing ourselves beyond the boundaries of where we thought we could go, we’ll be learning to work together as a team- as a family. We’ll need to support and encourage each other, to communicate better and build upon each other’s strengths.
Another good post for anyone agonizing over leaving a career to set off on a bicycle tour is Cutting Ties: the decision to leave work.
Toddler on Tour off taking for a family bicycle touring adventure and you can get in on all the fun without having to change a single diaper or deal with the demands of a two-year old. Follow along as they cycle the Americas– Mom, Dad and toddler in tow.