Why Bicycle Vacations? As people over 50 opt for more active and adventurous vacations, two-wheelers are becoming a preferred vehicle to see the world, both here and abroad.
A recent travel segment on Sky News went so far as to dub bicycling vacations “the new golf.”
Touring by bicycle is easier on aging joints than jogging, lets riders cover greater distances than walking and allows for a more intimate, up-close experience than riding in cars, buses or trains.
This environmentally-friendly mode of transport can offset vacation weight gain with healthy exercise and its broad appeal extends to solo travelers, couples, friends and multigenerational groups.
By definition, the term “bicycle tourism” refers to non-competitive cycling trips, ranging from daylong city tours to multi-day explorations along a route. Experienced cyclists may travel independently on self-guided tours, but most boomers opt for organized ones designed to meet their interests and skill levels. Devotees often feel as passionately about the biking experience as they do about the destinations they visit.
By Irene S. Levine
Irene S. Levine is a psychologist, lifestyle and travel journalist, and member of the Society of American Travel Writers who produces MoreTimeToTravel.com, a blog offering advice and inspiration for travelers over 50.