Posts tagged international
Get to Know Your Hesitation: Overcoming Fear on Your First Bicycle Tour - Alissa

"A long trip might seem overwhelming… but could you just pedal your bike down a road for a while? Yes, yes you could. And then you could do it again, and again, and again..." - Alissa Bell, of ExploringWild.com


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Sarah Maddock: the First Woman to Cycle from Sydney to Melbourne in 1894... and the Modern-Day Woman Who's Following in Her Tire Tracks.

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, an Australian named Sarah Maddock rebelled against cultural norms to become the first woman to ride from Sydney to Melbourne. This summer, a woman by the same name invites other cyclists to join her in a commemorative bike tour.

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Global Cyclist, Nomad, & Mother - Rachel Yaseen

Rachel is a cyclist, trekker, chef, scuba diver and yogi. But she’s also a mom. In this interview, we explore the balancing act of self-sacrifice and self-realization. “At one point I realized that to be the best mom I could be, I had to be true to myself,” writes Rachel. “I had to show my son what that looked like. “

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“The Phantom Man” - Laura Killingbeck

After frightening experiences in both solo hitchhiking and cycling, Laura's no stranger to fear. But the ‘Phantom Man’ doesn’t keep her from exploring. “I don't think every woman has to bike across the world,” writes Laura. “But I do think that every woman who wants to, can.”

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Bicycle Touring Solo in Morocco - Kathryn

Kathryn's most recent solo bicycle touring adventure was in Morocco. Understandably, she was nervous. She said preparing for the unknown was the hardest part: “Before I left, a seasoned solo traveler friend told me she'd never go back to Morocco alone again," admits Kathryn. “Yikes!”

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"Make 'em Comfortable" - Kathryn

After four years of solo international travel, Kathryn knows how to read people. She’s ridden her recumbent tricycle through more than a dozen countries, and has learned along the way that strangers are just friends she hasn’t made yet. “Everyone I see gets a smile and a wave,” she tells me. “You gotta make people comfortable, so they don’t see you as a threat. If they’re calm and happy, I’m calm and happy.”

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"They Call Me 'Brave'" - Kathryn, on Solo International Bicycle Touring

After retiring at age 57 from a lengthy career at Xerox, Kathryn backpacked the Appalachian Trail, where she earned the moniker "Bag Lady." Her trail name stuck, even when she left the hiking path and picked up a recumbent bicycle instead. Kathryn’s been cycling around the world for the last four years, and her journey is far from over. “I love a good challenge,” she says.

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Australian Artist Hand-Illustrates Bike Touring Maps

Alex Hotchin, an illustrator from Melbourne, Australia, has taken map-making to a whole new level. With her whimsical sketches and attention to tiny details, she draws maps of the terrain she crosses by bike: from Europe all the way to Southeast Asia... and beyond. 

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"The World Is Our Oyster" - Rachel

"There's a tremendous difference between being alive and truly living," said Rachel in Part One of her interview yesterday. For Rachel, adventure is a key ingredient to her happiness and growth. But life on the road isn't always easy, especially for a young woman traveling alone. I was curious: how does Rachel cope with fear, in the midst of the unfamiliar? 

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Travel Goddess - Interview with Rachel

Rachel has spent more time traveling than anything else. She hasn’t lived in one place for longer than a matter of months since she left home at the age of seventeen. But for people like Rachel, home is a state of being, rather than a place.

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