Few thoughts about travelling
I. Travelling by bike is awesome. Not only because I like to cycle, but because I actually pass the country and not transport myself among few dots called tourist attractions. From my experience, the most interesting situations happened on the road somewhere “in between”, the situations which would never happen if I took a backpack and go to a local bus or train.
II. When you cycle you have to split your time among four activities: cycling, meetings, resting, sightseeing. For me, this is the right order. I enjoyed cycling itself, but what I remember the most are not cycling moments but random meetings. I took a rest when I had to or if I really enjoyed the place where I was, e.g. Fairy Meadows, Wakhan Valley or Danube Delta. I resigned quickly from sightseeing. I could always go to famous tourist places in the future (I think retirement age is good for that) and I did not enjoy it.
III. What I liked about my trip at the beginning was that almost no one knew about it. After some time, I started writing a blog and post on Instagram. I quickly resigned from the first and reduced number of posts on the second. If you want to earn money on travelling, first of all: good luck, second: you are obliged to let the world know. But if you want to enjoy your life, there is no need for that. Instead make a small diary, 3minutes per day no more. Make it personal and focus on what you experience instead of constant sharing. I write a blog after getting to Poland and I will present the trip in a few places. Maybe I lost some details, but who cares.
IV. If you pick a bicycle for travelling, get rid of a speedometer on your handlebar. Mount the distance counter somewhere to know how long you travel, but do not focus on things like average speed or daily distance. It will make you enjoy less and resign from many pleasant situations. Also, do not focus on making a nice footprint on the map. I made few strange things on the map: by resigning from Qolma Pass in China and cycling down to Kashgar, I made a small loop: for a week in Tajikistan I was passing 100kms from the place where I was in China. I could not even think how much I would regret taking this part (Karakorum Highway in China and the highest passes of Pamir Highway) out of the trip. I made a similar thing in Europe: instead of cycling on a boring highway across superhot Turkey, I took a ferry and spent the time chilling out on the Bulgarian coast and making a loop in Ukraine, which interested me much more than Turkey. On the map, it looks weird, but again: who cares?