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How To Plan Your Next Cycling Adventure | GCN's Bikepacking Tips

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Published on Nov 28, 2018

We've been lucky enough to go on some awesome bikepacking trips this year to both Morocco and Iceland. Si takes on board what he's learnt from these rides to give you his guide to planning your next cycling adventure...

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Inspiration
One of the best bits of planning is getting inspired. Research, daydreaming. The whole of the world is at your fingertips and you can explore anywhere with the click of a mouse. We're not sure we can tell you how to get inspired, but videos, Instagram, websites are a good place to start.

Budget
The next thing to think about is budget. When bikepacking, the good news is that a trip can be pretty cheap. If you plan on setting out from home then all you really need is a bike and some luggage but Head further afield then you will need to factor in actually getting there too. However the cost of living at your destination of choice might be different too so Perhaps you’ll spend more on flights, but save on food and accommodation.

Route
So you’ve got the time, you’ve got the money, now the really exciting bit, route planning. Google maps is a good place to start, particularly if Google street view is available. It’s an option in a surprising number of places and it will give you a flavour of what to expect. Traffic levels, scenery, even climate.

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