Resources & Advice
For adventures of all kinds — even cupcake bakers
I get a lot of emails asking for advice, and my answer usually boils down to the following:
The very best adventure is inherently unimaginable and fearful because it is outside the realm of everything you believe possible and comfortable. This is the good news. Not only is the world a constantly changing place, but we can actually change it — we can create the adventure we are looking for and become more than we thought possible. Therefore, I need give you no advice except, If you have the passion and the courage — you will find the way. ~ Scott Stoll
Since the world is a constantly changing place, my main advice is pretty simple -- Enjoy the journey. That may sound simplistic and easy, but how many people really enjoy their journey through life? Also, remember someday you'll be living a "regular" life again, so enjoying the journey will mean everything, and simply achieving some monumental goal or notch on your belt will mean almost nothing. That being said, here are a few useful stepping stones:
The most important aspects when planning your travels, in order of importance:
Bicycle Traveler Magazine
Here is a really great magazine that you can download for free. The photographs are truly spectular. And the stories are truly inspiring, featuring stories by people living great lives on the bicycle. This will entertain serious bike tourers and armchair travelers alike. Get yours here: www.bicycletraveler.nl.
The Bicycle Touring Survival Guide
Falling Uphill is about the inner journey we all travel through life; but if you choose to make a real adventure by bicycle this is the guide you want once you start pedaling. It has a lot of info that I wish Iknew, and even teaches you how to grow a garden on your bike. Best of all, Scott played a very small part to inspire and edit this book, along with a lot of other notable cyclists. More info.
Just getting started with bike touring? Wondering what bike and gear to buy? Find out in Bike Touring Basics with this free 66-page eBook. I read this and thought it was a great how-to bicycle tour introduction, with fantastic pictures. In fact, I can't believe they are giving it away for free! Oh! what we authors do to find an audience! More info.