Usually, when we prepare for bicycle trips, we don’t plan our route in too much detail. Plans will always change along the way and it’s easier not to become too tied down to a certain route or time-frame – this gives the opportunity to follow recommendations of others or visit places that catch our eye along the way. Having said that, because this trip involves so many different countries we have had to do a certain amount of planning to ensure that we are prepared for visa applications and disease vaccinations.
Our plan for this trip is to use only surface transport. Usually around-the-world cycle trips will involve a few flights – in the case of our route this would be to get from Singapore to Australia, Australia to New Zealand, New Zealand to America, and then America back to Europe – but as we don’t fly we have instead decided to replace these flights by catching container ships or hitching a lift on a yacht (we’d love to hear from you if you have any tips on this!). Other than that we intend to cycle the whole way – with the possible exception of China where it can be difficult to obtain visas for cycle tourists and so we may have to hop on a train for that section.
The route shown on the map, from west to east, is very rough but gives the general idea of what we have in mind. Once we have started our trip we will be using Pebbls to keep you updated with our progress.