How to travel the world by bike for free (almost)

Information’s, advice’s and knowledge about cycling long distance. With or without a Touring bike.

How to Cyclo travel all the world by bicycle with the smallest effort, in a minimalist way.

To get as far as possible (= everywhere), With the smallest effort (= almost for free)

Technical, financial, legal and practical matters

CYCLING: HANDY OR NOT?

I was afraid that traveling by bike would limit my traveling possibilities (for example take a train or a plane) and I decided to not start with the bicycle from home.

Then I have noticed that is quite easy to get a bicycle in any city I traveled, what I did was just getting  a bicycle (recycled) customize it a bit (side bags, basket and phone holder) and use it for all kind of traveling or daily transportation.

Whenever it get damaged, stolen or I want to do some part of the trip with other transportation means (for example if I need to take a plane ticket to get a visa), I would just sell (or give away) the bike and get a new one as soon as I can.

Now I enjoyed cycling so much that I am deciding to travel solely by bicycle.

I am not pro-flights, because airplanes pol;ute a lot, but if you really have to take one, try SkyScanner.net to find the cheapest tickets.

SLEEPING PLACES

Any place can be a sleeping place:

In case of troubles:

  • Firefighting stations;
  • Churches;
  • Hospitals;

In extreme situation:

  • Public Toilets;
  • ‘Squattable’ buildings;

NightSwapping

  • NightSwapping – An unique concept that gives you both benefits of Airbnb and Couchsurfing. Hosting/surfing community, where you can also have an entire place independently, based on night credits instead of money.

Hospitality communities:

  • WarmShowers – Cyclist Oriented (many information’s and feature for Bicycle Travelers)
  • BeWelcome – Open, non profit hospitality community
  • CocuSurfing – For profit hospitality exchange
  • TrustRoots – Hitchhikers Hospitality Community
  • Rainbow Gathering – More than a hospitality community, a worldwide family

 Volunteering Work/Accommodation exchange (20hrs of work/week = food + accomodation):

  • WorkAway – The most well organized and structured website for work/accommodation
  • HelpEx – Many volunteering opportunities, just the site interface is not too cleaned up
  • Wwoofing – Organic Farm Volunteering, the first travel work/accommodation exchange community
  • HelpStay.com – New platform where volunteers and hosts can match, the staff of the website will manually add your add once you send it to them.

 Renting an affordable place:

  • MeshTrip.com – Search engine for instantly bookable private accommodation
  • Airbnb.com – Rent from locals, biggest online community; mostly for few days, but often you can negotiate longer stays and prices and get great deals!
  • HousingAnywhere.com –  Sublets, 50% of the first month costs is paid as fee (Officialy for students)
  • Roomorama.com – Similar to Airbnb, but smaller community, site with less features
  • EasyRoommate.com – House sharing and renting ad; mostly for few months at least
  • HostelBookers.com – Cheapest Hostels Worldwide
  • HostelWorld.com – Biggest Hostel website

GETTING FOOD

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

Take as little as possible, you can always take more remember: less is more (in Theater, but also in Traveling & Life).
A small list of what to put in your bag:

  • Bicycle (doesn’t need to be am expensive one)
  • Chromebook (for about 100 euros)
  • Android smartphone (that can run the last Android version)
  • Mini Sleeping Bag
  • Micro Sleeping mattress
  • Small backpack (max 50 L)

HEALTH

Unfortunately health care is not always free, if you are a EU citizen you have to be considered as a local in all EU states, there is an Android App that gives you all info.

  • Google Map is a good tool to find health services around, but make sure they have several positive reviews. Remember to leave reviews after your experience.
  • WhatClinic is a great portal to find good doctors.

NAVIGATION AND ROUTING

Basic ‘Natural Navion’ skills can help a lot in case of emergency (for example finding the north).
naturalnavigator.com is a really good website featuring all informations about the topic.

COMMUNICATING

  • Internet Sim Card – It’s vital -or really practical- for you to have data internet connection if you are traveling light-weight, to have easy access to: maps, accommodation website, getting information in real time about where you are…
  • WiFI Hotspot apps
    WiFi Map Pro – Maps with location of hotspots (and passwords) – For download offline you have to pay
    FreeZone – This app makes a sound whenever you connect to a free hotspot

GET INFORMED AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE

WikiTravel (Alternative ‘touristic’ information’s)
NomadWiki (Knowledge about traveling nomadism)

LANGUAGES AND LEARNING

MONEY & GETTING ITEMS
Cash wiki (informations about how to earn some money)

Search ‘fleas market’ on Google maps (often you get items almost for free)

LEGAL MATTERS (MOSTLY IN EUROPE)

This is the hierarchy of whom to present your complain (or issue) in case the Police didn’t take care properly of it (or of you). Every time you are not satisfied by the authority whom was taking care of your complaint, you can can escalate it to the higher ranking institution:

  • Chief of the Police Office (where you presented the first complain)
  • Regional Police Office
  • Federal (or National) Police office
  • Police Ombudsman
  • City Ombudsman
  • National Ombudsman
  • European Ombudsman (not in all countries you will find those offices, names may vary)
  • Contact Mass Medias

TECHNICAL – bike repairing, etc

  • How to have a temporary bicycle workplace on the road using a bus stop … coming soon….

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