How (And Why) To WWOOF Around The World By Bicycle

Today’s guest post is by 28-year-old Erwin Zantinga, a Dutch bicycle traveller who has spent the last six years Working Worldwide On Organic Farms (WWOOFing). Given its obvious relevance to the #freeLEJOG experiment, I asked him if he’d be interested in giving us an introduction to this now well-established world of casual outdoor…

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Here’s How To Plan Your First Overseas Cycle Tour In 6 Easy Steps

If the busyness of modern life is stopping you from getting out there on your first overseas bicycle adventure, try following these steps: Find the next available window in your calendar. Multiply the number of full days it contains by 50. Guard this window with your life. Choose a nearby country — somewhere new — and…

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How To Travel 100% Money-Free, Indefinitely

A quick search on Google reveals a number of blogs and articles entitled ‘how to travel for free’, ‘how to travel the world for free’, ‘how to travel forever’, and other variations thereof. Reading these pieces, however, usually reveals that they are not really about free travel at all. Instead, they’re…

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How Far Can You Go On A £10 Touring Bike? (Answer: A Surprisingly Long Way)

The other day I was invited to be a guest on the 2nd episode of The Cycle Show, which airs tonight at 8pm BST on ITV4 [edit: watch it on ITV player here]. (ITV billed me as ‘comedian Tom Allen’, which is actually another Tom Allen entirely. I’d just like to…

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What’s The Best Tent For Cycle Touring?

I recently conducted a survey of several hundred experienced cycle tourers, asking what they’d recommend as the best tent for cycle touring. Before I dig into the results, there’s one important thing to remember: the word ‘best’ has no meaning without context. You may be looking to spend a few hundred…

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