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Boost Your Career With A Bike Tour

Posted October 24th, 2009

Andrew speeding byQuit your job and hop on a bike.

Just try saying that out loud. It can be a terrifying idea, the first time you consider it. But after a week of diligently writing and re-writing my CV in preparation for a return to the workforce, I’ve come to the conclusion that a big bike tour is just the thing to make you stand out from the crowd of other job hunters.

Think of all those skills you learned while trying to find a place to wild camp in the middle of a city. Or how about attempting to communicate with the family who took you home for the night but spoke no English? And that’s before you write your killer cover letter. More…

Dutch Bike Stamps… Wowee!

Posted October 24th, 2009

Only in Holland...

We think it says something about the Dutch and their obsession with bikes that today we went to the post office to mail some Thank You cards and found the perfect stamp…

If someone had tried to make a stamp for us, it couldn’t have been more ideal. Two globes for wheels and even a rack on the back. A country that values bicycle touring enough to put it on a stamp – we like this place already! We were so impressed with the stamp, that we didn’t mind waiting 20 minutes to buy a few. About 30 people were in the line ahead of us, an it’s not even Christmas yet…

fietsfabriek-stamp_0_0Of course this isn’t the first bicycle stamp to come out of the Netherlands. In 2007 a stamp featured the Bakfiets – a special cargo bicycle, most often used to carry kids and groceries. You see them everywhere here and if you’re 4 years old, it seems like a luxurious way to travel.

Have you seen any bicycle stamps where you are? Send us a picture and we’ll share them here.

Facts And Feelings From A World Bike Tour

Posted September 23rd, 2009

We love numbers. Throughout our trip, we’ve logged thousands of them. How far we went. How much we spent. How many nights in our tent. And you must love them too since a lot of questions we get are about ‘how many’ or ‘how long’ so while we’ve been preparing for our move to Holland and running like crazy all over our little corner of Canada we took the time to condense our 3 year world bicycle journey into the crucial stats, plus a few of our favourite moments from the trip:

  • Kilometers pedalled: 47,849kmOur bikes overlooking the Queen Charlotte Sounds
  • Number of days: 1,102
  • Daily expense total: Nearly €24,000 over 3 years (or €0.50 per kilometre)
  • Extra expenses: About €12,000 for plane tickets, insurance, vaccinations and other necessities
  • Countries covered: 30 in total – Canada, Britain, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America
  • Tenting nights: 475
  • Free camping sites: 219
  • Hotel rooms: 300
  • Longest day: 162km coming into Montreal
  • Average day: 73.05km (more…)

Thank you! And a peek into the past

Posted September 14th, 2009

DSC_9993.JPGWow.

We are truly overwhelmed at all the kind comments that have come our way in the past few days since we posted about finishing our circle around the globe. We feel so lucky to have made friends — virtually and face-to-face — through so many people because of that wonderful thing called the internet.

Your words have encouraged us countless times on the road and now again as we face that scary thing called reintegration. A massive THANK YOU to everyone who’s followed us this far.

As for what’s next, we’re not quite ready to say yet. We have a million ideas and every day is a case of ‘let’s do this!’ and then ‘no, let’s do that instead!’ but when the time is right, we’ll let you all know where the TravellingTwo are off to next. This website will not fall dormant. We have a redesign planned, about 100 new things we’d like to add and we just have to find the extra hours and internet time to do it all! Oh, and did we mention we’re off to Germany for a family vacation in October?

DSC_0016.JPGUntil that flight to Europe (you know you’re hooked on travel when you think you need a vacation from your vacation), we’re going to soak up our last few days of cycling along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, over some reportedly very big hills but with a bowl of excellent clam chowder awaiting us about 4 days down the road. The weather is great for September and we’re going to enjoy every moment of beautiful riding.

As for you, maybe you’d enjoy a little look back at one of the more challenging and colourful weeks of our trip in a ‘Week in the Life Of’ column that we wrote for our friend Nora and her Professional Hobo website. Learn what happened when we froze during cold nights in Syria and how we almost didn’t recover our bank card from a Turkish ATM: A Week in the Life of Friedel & Andrew

Wild Camping in Ottawa

Posted September 8th, 2009

It’s so hard to find a place to pitch your tent for free in big cities. So many people. So little space. Fortunately we were able to find the perfect free camping spot in Ottawa. Flat. Green grass. Centrally located. What more could you ask for??

Smile!

*For those who don’t know, this picture was taken in front of Canada’s national parliament buildings…