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Saving up money is the first step in most adventures including bicycle tours.  It is a test of patiants and resealance.  I believe if you can not pass this test of saving money while your are working then many other aspects of bicycle touring will not go well.  A sucessful bike tour has little to do with speed and fitness but rather adapadability, tenacity, quick thinking, and yes, patiants is needed over and over again on the road.

It is a mistake to think that the most inportant aspect of preparing for a long tour is riding and fitness.  You can get in shape once a long tour is started by starting with ridiculasly short days and slowing increasing the distances bicycled.  I believe the most important preporation for any long tour is to save up before you stop working and go.  The more sucessful you are at this the longer your trip can be.  Most of the skills needed in long term bicycle touring can be learned on the road, this is not rocket science, but saving must be accomplished before you leave and still have a job. 

It is only natural to decide to go on a long bicycle tour and dream and study maps, guidebooks, and blogs.  There is nothing wrong with planning and dreaming but if you really want to make it happen the process of saving must be addressed.  Putting money in a piggy bank is the casual approach The unpopular question must be asked "What do I have to give up and sacrifice in order to save money, earn more money, or both." 

Obvisoully, you must live on less than you earn but saving for a big trip takes more planning.


All of these facts aside I think the biggest secret to extended travel is being able to think and plan five years in advance.  I can remember three years before departing on our trip telling everyone on a bicycle club ride that we would be leaving on a multi-year bicycle tour.  They looked at me like I was crazy.  If you have five years you can save for extended travel or anything else you want if you have a decent job or find a way to live rent free.  We did it with a combination of both


earn more or spend less



live rent free or move into a cheaper place


dont go into debt


avoid monthly payments


Another good piece of advice, for saving money, is to ditch the car if you can.  Even without monthly payments, cars can be expensive.  Gas, oil, and when the dumb thing breaks down it can eat up your travel funds.  I did not always follow my own advice here but if you live near you place of work you should think about it.  Bicycle commuting is easier than it sounds, drastically improves your health, and gives you a real sense of independence.  Touring bikes make great commuting bikes.



The other side of the coin is we keep our expenses to a minimum

We freedom camp, cook our own meals,



/; Budgets Health Insurance reacurring expenses phone internet water free camping

the cheaper the trip the more you have to carry


reacurring cost pre paid cell skype internet tv


Round-the-World Air Tickets

Tips For Saving for a Trip

Ways To Save Money Saving For A Trip


Travelling is, for many people, one of the best things you can do with your time and money. True, you don't have anything tangible at the end of it all except some photos and a few hideous trinkets and souvenirs, but if you feel that your life could do with some great experiences rather than material possessions, you'll find it easier to discipline yourself and save up for trips abroad. However, trips are expensive and they require a lot of money up front - it can be hard to save cash with every day temptations all around you.


Ways to Save Money

Saving money for a trip is an art form. It requires making little sacrifices almost every day, but there are ways in which you can cut down on spending without making your life unbearable - by spending the money you have more wisely. Work out what it is that you spend most of your disposable income on and what you'd be prepared to sacrifice for your trip. You may find that there are ways in which you can save money without compromising your lifestyle too much.


  • Material possessions - Whether it be clothes, CDs and DVDs, electronic gadgets or anything else that's always available, remember, they'll still be there when you get back. If you spend your money on rare and collectible items then maybe you won't have this luxury, but most items you can get along without, at least temporarily.
  • Going out - How many times do you go out and spend the equivalent of your daily holiday budget on an uneventful night out? Try to pick your social events more wisely rather than going out on a whim. Socialising at home is all the rage nowadays, didn't you know?
  • Day to day costs - Think about your regular outgoings and whether or not there's anything you can do to reduce them. It could mean doing your shopping in that slightly further away yet cheaper supermarket, or cooking more often instead of ordering in. Check out insurance quotes on your car or home to see if you could be paying less. Do the same thing with your utilities suppliers, mobile phone company, cable and internet provider, even your credit card issuer. All of these things could be done in a day and save you a lot in the long term.
  • Distractions - Try to find ways to fill in your time that cost little or no money. One very productive way to spend your time is to research your destination - this will help you not only make more out of your trip but also save a lot of money while you're there too. Another way to fill in time and save money is to work overtime or take a part time job thus killing two birds with one stone!


Mind Tricks

Temptation is a terrible thing and we all know that when faced with it, our minds can play remarkable tricks on us - so fight back! If you're out and about when the shops are open, leave all your cards at home and make sure not to carry much money with you. Make it inconvenient for you to access your savings at short notice - you can do this by setting up a regular monthly payment from your current account into a savings account. You could even try putting a photo of your holiday destination in your wallet or purse so that it's staring you in the face when you're about to spend money you shouldn't!



The more wrapped up you are in your goal, the easier it will be to save the money. If you see it as a chore to make sacrifices and forget why you're doing it, you won't get very far. Read up as much as possible about where you're going and what you're going to do - feeding your imagination as you go along. The more you're focused on the trip the more immune you'll be to temptation, while at the same time you'll be increasingly psyched up to really make the most of your time away.

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