Trip Planning: How Do You Do It?

16.December 2013

Cycle Touring, Our Journey

 

Trip Planning

As the New Year bears down our upcoming cycle tour gets closer and closer. Yay for that!

Come January we are going to be hip deep in trip planning and figuring out all the things that we need to get done before getting on that plane on April 8th. There are itineraries to be figured out, gear to be decided on and found, and accommodation options to be researched. We’re definitely much looser in our trip planning than we used to be, but that doesn’t mean it can all be left to chance, or to the last minute; we have some work to do!!

It’s interesting trying to pull together an activity based trip; I don’t just want to know about travel in Luxembourg, I want to know specifically about cycling in Luxembourg. In fact I don’t just want to know about cycling in Luxembourg but also in its neighbouring countries of Belgium and France. It means searching for different sources of information and pulling it all together myself, or finding the Holy Grail in a source that discusses travel and cycling in Belgium, Luxembourg, and France (and Germany, and Poland, and…).

So I’m turning to:

  • Guide books such as Lonely Planet and Frommers
  • Big travel sites like TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree, and Boots’n'all
  • Travel blogs – lots of searching for ‘cycle travel blog’, ‘cycle touring blog’, ‘cycle touring Europe blog’ and a bazillion other combinations
  • Magazines – okay, really this is probably just a ploy to read the celebrity gossip magazines while perusing the magazine stand :)
  • Friends and family – some of my friends have cycle toured, some have even blogged about it = great, personal resource!

How do you go about trip planning? What resources do you use?

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12 Responses to “Trip Planning: How Do You Do It?”

  1. Ali Says:

    I don’t have a clue how to plan a cycling trip, but after this weekend I can certainly tell you that Poland is CHEAP! Good luck with the planning, I’m sure you’ll be fine. It might be easier in a lot places to wait until you get there to talk to other people and find out where the good trails/routes are, who knows. What about contacting the tourist boards of the countries and/or cities you’re thinking of going to and asking what info they have about cycling in their area?
    Ali recently posted..Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg – More Than Just Model Trains

    • Gillian Says:

      That’s a great idea about the tourism boards Ali. We hope to have plenty of chances to talk to people as we’re planning on using WarmShowers while there (like CouchSurfing for cyclists) – that will probably be one of the greatest resources. I’m glad to hear that Poland is on the less expensive side – that’s a nice surprise!
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  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Says:

    I’ve stopped planning haha! I used to make my own guide books before a trip and now I just go with the flow! :)
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  3. Kasia Says:

    Hi, I just came across your post. Luxembourg is great for cycling, lots of nice routes all around the country. You might find some inspiration on our community site, http://www.cycleluxembourg.lu. We post lots of write-ups about routes people have done individually or group rides we’ve organised.
    I normally use this site for planning rides: Luxembourg’s National Cycle Route Network (http://www.pch.public.lu/reseau_routier/pistes_cyclables/cycle_routes/index.html)

    Good luck!
    Kasia recently posted..15.12.2013 – Holiday cycling in the city!

  4. Corinne Says:

    I think you’ve picked some good countries for bicycling. Not sure of the name, but in the north of Holland there is an art park to ride through. I’ve always wanted to do it. In Germany, we live on the Main River, and there are always bike tours doing a long stretch of it. It’s flat and easy and has plenty to see. Can’t wait to read more! Enjoy!
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  5. Olivia Says:

    I usually to very little planning! This time has been different since there’s uni stuff to sort out, but normally if I have a visa and a place to sleep that first night then I’m happy! I always have vague ideas but never actually plan anything til the last possible moment. Sometimes that means I have to skip something that requires prior thought, but even so I prefer it this way.
    Olivia recently posted..My 2014 travel plans

  6. Unity Finesmith Says:

    Hi Gillian – thanks for your comment over on my blog at http://cyclopolitan.com

    Yes we are planning to get to London on the 5th just ahead of you but before we head off to Europe on our bicycles, we will be visiting a bunch of family and friends as we are originally English before living in New Zealand for 21 years. So we won’t actually leave for Europe until the beginning of May … partly because Europe is pretty cold until then. This is also the reason we are heading south to start with but we plan to go north as the weather warms up a bit and Belgium and Germany are definitely on our itinerary!

    Anyway, nice to ‘meet’ you and perhaps we’ll bump into each other on the road!
    Unity Finesmith recently posted..Bromptons for bicycle touring in Europe

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