1 – Choosing a Location
The location of your trip is all important, a cycling tour round the villages of Holland is perfect, whereas cycling around Alpine hamlets might not be everyone’s idea of fun. Even within the same country, some places are far more bike friendly than others. If traveling abroad, it is likely that a support vehicle will have to be hired to carry people’s luggage. Unless of course everyone agrees to travel light and carry it.
Maps will be needed both in the planning stage of the trip, and for everyone else once the cycling starts. Fortunately most people’s phone is a great source of information, and things are improving all the time. You will need to work out how far you will be cycling each day, then arrange hotels along the route. It is also important that you check the laws in whichever country you visit. For example in Spain, you have to wear a helmet, at all times when on a bicycle.
2 – Choosing the Type of Cycling
Whether you are planning a mountain bike trip, a gentle cycle round country lanes or a road tour, you need to make sure that everyone is in agreement. In so many countries now, cycling has become a very popular pastime. No matter what type of cycling you opt for, there will be companies who specialise in hiring the right kind of equipment.
It is also important to decide whether you really want to go at it alone, or whether joining in on an organised tour is for you. Self supported tours are fine, but there is much to plan and organise. By joining a cycling tour you get the benefit of guides and hotels etc. already being arranged. You do however, lose the freedom of doing your own thing.
3 – Pick your Transport Carefully
Traveling to and from your chosen location is an all important part of the trip, and depending on whether or not you will be hiring the bikes, it is imperative that you get this right. Train travel in most countries allows for cycles to be taken along. If traveling abroad, support vehicles may be the solution to all problems. With modern carrying racks, many bikes can be safely carried on most vehicles.
4 – Extra Curricula Activities
Find out what, if any, night time activities are happening in the area where you are staying. Leaving things to chance could see you with a group of disgruntled people on your hands who are ready to enjoy themselves, with nowhere to go. This may well affect your choice of hotel. A pleasant hotel bar is often all that people need after a hard day in the saddle.
5 – Extra Touches
It is important that everyone within your group is physically capable of making the trip. With this in mind it is worth planning exercise schedules in advance for all concerned. This can either be in the form of short cycling trips on a weekly basis or just a matter of joining a fitness or aerobic club and enjoying regular workouts.
6 – Choosing Accommodations
There are many options for choosing accommodation that need to be considered when considering the level of budget for the overall group. The first and most obvious option is hotel accommodation.
Hotel Accommodation is in abundance on many price comparison sites, but sometimes you already know where you want to go based on recommendations from other cyclists who have visited the area where you wish to travel. It is always best practice to contact the hotel directly to see if you can get your own discount for your group booking.
Recommendations from other cyclists are most helpful in deciding your accommodation, as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere!
You can view many of the most popular hotel booking service providers on the Hotels Section of DIYHolidays.com.
Private Properties are also another great way to rest up after an enjoyable day of cycling. There are many fabulous private luxurious villas available for short-term rentals. Some of these villas are like those in which you would imagine movie stars living in. These will have features beyond your wildest imagination, including private swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a room for everyone in the group!
The cost of renting these villas can be surprisingly affordable when you divide the cost up among the members of your group. There are many websites that provide these options for you, but you can see them all in one location on the Private Properties Section on DIYHolidays.com.
B&B’s are also an option to consider as this might suit a smaller group traveling, especially if you are heading to an area that can be quite expensive for accommodation. This can also be an adventurous option as you are dealing with local people presenting their local hospitality, and local knowledge. You can also view a multiple of service providers offering B&B accommodation from all over the world on the B&B Section on DIYHolidays.com.
Hostel’s are also a cost effective option to consider as these can provide private rooms or dormitories that just might suit the number of people traveling in your group. Hostels are also a great way to make new friends as they are a preferred choice for many an international backpacker on a worldwide adventure!
You can view a multiple of service providers offering Hostel accommodation from all over the world on the Hostels Section on DIYHolidays.com.
7 – Keep your Group Informed
It is always best to inform the people in your group of exactly what costs are involved, what is included in the trip and what, if any, discounts you have managed to squeeze out of service providers.
Collecting the money can also be challenging as this can sometimes create difficulty especially when deposits have to be paid. This is where you avail of the services of GroupandPay.com.
GroupandPay.com is a hugely popular online platform that is free for organisers to use when informing the group of what has been arranged for them and also provides an easy hassle free for collecting the money. It prides itself on being very user friendly.
Then, when all is done and dusted, don’t hide your light under a bushel, you are taking the responsibility for organising the trip, take the pats on the back, when they come your way.
Watch this video to see how it works!
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8 – Travel Insurance
Many people overlook this, but it is so important especially if traveling abroad. Group insurance policies for cycling trips are readily available and do not have to be expensive. The peace of mind that it brings is worth it, especially for the organiser. Many companies specialise in this kind of cover. There are many service providers listed here on the Travel Insurance Section on DIYHolidays.com for you to choose from!
9 – Get inspiration for Planning your Group Cycling Experience?
Check out the Cycling Section on DIYHolidays.com as they inspire individuals and groups to travel, especially around their interests and hobbies.
Here you will see other cyclists recommending places to go. You also see them sharing their experiences through videos, photos, and blogs. You can participate in live surveys, or ask questions and partake in live discussions. You can also view all the most popular online golfing stores from all over the world, all in one location, and you can even play online golfing games.
And as you have probably guessed it, DIYHolidays.com is a sister company of GroupandPay.com, so we are all about Inspiring Individuals and Groups to do more Traveling and enjoy more Social Engagement!!!
10 – Tell us about your Experiences and Offer Recommendations
If you have created a group travel experience for your fellow cycling buddies that turned out to be an awesome experience, then don’t keep it to yourself, tell us about it in the comments section below.
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