When we think of going on an overseas holiday it is usually all about the nightlife and the main tourist attractions, but there are many other ways to have fun as well. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation, you might want to try a cycling adventure. Don’t worry whether you will be able to cycle up hill and down dale, because mostly the trips are not in steep country. On a cycling tour you can often cheat by being taken to the top of a mountain by vehicle and just riding down, along with your guide.

Cycling adventures are for kids, adults and seniors. Even babies can participate so long as Mum or Dad take the handlebars, because there are bikes with baby carriers and seats so the whole family can enjoy their ride. You can stop on the way there or back for a meal, depending on what time your tour leaves.

One of the best ways to see any country up close and personal is to cycle around it. A bicycle doesn’t go too fast to see the scenery and you can stop whenever you like for a breather or to take photos. You can cycle slowly through villages and stop to say hello to the children or simply enjoy the culture. It’s a great way to get out of the hustle and bustle of major cities and see the true heart of a country, rather than the touristy side of it.

You can cycle through amazing rice paddies and coffee plantations, along bike tracks in the country and through many scenic places you’d hardly notice if going in a car. In fact, many bicycles are electric ones, so you don’t have to exert yourself much at all. You can be picked up from your hotel and the cost includes the use of a helmet.

You must be able to ride a bike; this is not for people who have never ridden before. Cancellation policies usually state that you may get most of the cost back if you cancel a week before your booked tour, but if you only cancel two days before, it is not refundable. Two days before and you will be refunded 50% of the cost. This seems pretty fair and is the cancellation policies of many places.

Once you’ve been on a bike tour of any country you’ll very likely want to go again. The trouble is there is just so much else to do. The main thing to remember is to enjoy your time there doing what you love best, but also accepting a few other challenges to see what else you might enjoy. It’s all lots of fun and you will be sorry when departure day arrives.

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