Cycling holidays are growing in popularity. It is a great way of keeping ourselves fit and healthy and is good for the environment by reducing our transport emissions. Of course it also gives us the chance to see and explore the world, learn about other cultures and come face to face with nature.
The health benefits of cycling holidays
Cycling is a great way of improving levels of health, fitness and wellbeing. It is a great way to exercise and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Cycling holidays along with other types of adventure holidays are a fun and beneficial way of having a break with all the family.
We all know that cycling regularly can help you lose weight, get into shape and tone up, but it is also good for strengthening bones, muscles and joints. In fact it gives you a whole body work out. Cycling holidays are a good way to exploit the benefits of riding a bike and if you stick to paths and tracks are also safe and traffic free. The peaceful and serene atmosphere can also be good for your mental health and help you relax.
The environmental benefits of taking a cycling holiday
When you set off on a cycling holiday you are not only helping yourself, but also the environment. Without the need for pollution creating cars and buses, you are able to transport yourselves between destinations, which is great news for the atmosphere. Noise is kept to a minimum when travelling on a bicycle and there are zero carbon emissions resulting from cycling.
This is also good for the places that you visit, meaning that local communities are suffering no ill effects of tourism. Sticking to dedicated and recognised cycle routes and trails will limit damage to the local environment and natural habitats too.
What to expect from a cycling holiday
A cycling holiday will let you travel at your own pace whilst exploring and travelling to a host of exciting destinations. A major benefit of a cycling holiday is that you can often venture into parts that you would not be able to if travelling by any other mode of transport. Routes taken by those on cycling holidays are often off the beaten track and in rural settings and locations. This enables you to get close to nature in a safe yet natural way.
Depending on your destination, cycling holidays abroad could bring you face to face with wildlife on your adventure holiday. You could find yourself mountain biking through the wilderness or visiting vineyards on a slow paced break.
A biking holiday is a safe and fun way to explore for all the family. Not only can you travel to some far away shores but also know that your holiday is benefiting your health and the environment. You will return from your holiday feeling refreshed and safe in the knowledge that you have limited damage to the atmosphere by choosing a green way of travelling abroad.
Shannen Doherty writes regularly on holidays abroad for a range of travel websites and blogs. Shannen appreciates the benefits of cycling holidays abroad and has a passion for adventure holidays in general. Photo by Weisseespitze