Links

Shops

  • The shop veloplus has really everything that a cycling world traveler needs! My favorite shop overall: http://www.veloplus.ch/
  • The shop followme also has a good assortment of cycling and winter sports equipment. Because it’s situated in Germany, prices are comparibly low: http://followmestore.de/
  • I would also recommend to pay a visit to Baechli, the best shop if you look mountaining equipment: https://www.baechli-bergsport.ch/

Websites of other travelers

  • Website of Michi und Lukas, who traveled by bike around the world as they were 19! Very brave! www.veloabenteuer.ch
  • I met Emanuelle and Jonas in the middle of nowhere in Laos. It appeared that I grew up 4 km away from Jonas for years, but never met him until now! The couple traveled several places around Asia, have a look on their website: http://velonomie.blogspot.ch/

Travel – practical informations

  • Caravanistan gave me the best informations I could find for central Asia from Iran to China and it also serves as travel agency. It contains a lot of informations about Visa specifications and actual tips for travellers thanks to an animated discussion forum. http://caravanistan.com/

Applications

Maps:

  • Maps.me is the application you need! It works offline – no need of internet or simcard. Just download the system when you have wifi, and here you go, you have tons of informations about routes, attractions to see, hotels or even public toilets…and all the world is covered with only very little mistakes. A must!
  • Sygic might also be a good application. I was told you could see the denivelation, but unfortunately many maps don’t exist on it, like Iran or all central Asia, which made me use only Maps.me.
  • Google Maps is of course very recommendable. You can download some maps in advance, but this means a lot of datas and you can often have the bad surprise of a map not working anymore. I used it mainly for seeing the relief, and newly they installed a system to calculate the denivellation by bicycle! To my taste good in combination with Maps.me!

Informations:

  • Wikitravel.org is the website I used most during the trip to get quick travel informations. You learn quick facts about a country in one click, you can find tips for where to eat, where to sleep. Be careful though, the accuracy is very variable (sometimes you find a whole list of hostels, sometimes this list contains only two with the prices of 20 years back).
  • Wikipedia gives you extremly detailed informations about countries and cities. Maybe sometimes even too many. That’s why it’s mostly good in combination with Wikitravel. Also, keep in mind to stay critical, since anybody can modify its articles.
  • The guide Lonely planet is extremly famous, and for a good reason. That’s probably the most accurate paper guide you can find for travel informations (visas, buses and trains…). If you look for informations about cultures and history though, it’s really bad (as an archaeologist, I was often horrified…). For that, wikitravel and wikipedia were often way better. As paper guides, you’d also better have a look into Le guide du routard (even though the style is very old fashioned) or the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides.

Bookings:

  • I recommend strongly using Hostelword (available as app). You have all the hostels on one sight and can compare prices, and most valuable of all: see the critics of other users! It saved me many times from bad places. Consider though that they take 10-15% of commission on the price. You might make a better deal booking directly on the website of the Hostel.
  • Booking.com is one of the most valuable sites I used. While Hostelworld is better for Hostels, Booking is more useful for Hotels. Again, think that they take 10-15% commission on your bookings.
  • Agoda.com is an alternative but I never used it.
  • A comparative program for Hotels and flights you could try is Kayak, but I don’t have much experience with it.
  • My favorite program for booking flights was Skyscanner. Thanks to it I could book a flight Montréal-Paris via Reykjavik for 300 US dollars one week before flying! It was with WOW-Air, the equivalent of Easyjet for Island, but it saved me spending 1500 US dollars with companies like Swiss or Air France.
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