Ultra-long distance road cycling: around the world in 80 days

Mark Beaumont from Scotland has ridden his bicycle around the world in less than 80 days. Even Jules Verne, whose book was the inspiration for the target of 80 days, envisioned that engine-powered vehicles would have to be used for the feat. Mark Beaumont had a support crew with him all the time, so he didn’t have to carry anything on his bike, but he had to pedal on average 390 km / 240 miles, and about 16 hours a day.

Mark Beaumont cycling in Australia Read the story “Ultra-long distance road cycling: around the world in 80 days”

Travel photo gallery: Andorra on the Pyrenees Mountains

Andorra is a small, beautiful country on the Pyrenees Mountains. The capital Andorra la Vella is located in a valley at about 1000 meters / 3280 feet, but there are higher mountains around the city as well as valleys at lower altitude than the capital. If you approach Andorra from France and drive from the border along the main road to the Spanish border, you will cover 50 km / 31 miles fabulous scenery in Andorra.

Andorra is located on Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.
Andorra is located on Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.
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The longest hiking trail in the world opened in Canada

Canada is one of the largest countries in the world that stretches about 4800 km / 3000 miles from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast. When a coast-to-coast hiking trail was recently created in Canada, it became the longest trail in the world: 22 000 kilometers / 13 670 miles long.

Canada, photo by davebloggs007 Read the story “The longest hiking trail in the world opened in Canada”

Everyone who travels must rely on offline tools for their computing setup

Everyone who travels – tourists, professionals, digital nomads, remote workers – rely on their computing devices to be in touch with the home base or to get their work done. One key thing people take for granted at home – Internet access – is not always available on the road. Once a traveler realizes what it really means to be disconnected for a few critical hours or perhaps for days, it becomes obvious that the whole computer setup must be prepared for travel. The setup relies on offline tools.

Beach in Salou, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain Read the story “Everyone who travels must rely on offline tools for their computing setup”

Opel and Vauxhall introduced a campervan model based on the Vivaro van

It is fairly common and also economical to remodel a campervan out of an ordinary van. You need a van that has enough space for beds, and the rest of the required facilities depend on personal taste and needs. VW Transporter is regarded the most popular van for campervan conversions, but there is plenty of room for other brands to target people who are getting into vanlife, or simply want a car that doubles as a recreational vehicle and as a transporter of people and cargo.

Opel Vivaro Life campervan beds Read the story “Opel and Vauxhall introduced a campervan model based on the Vivaro van”

A night at the races: camping on a mountain for the Tour of Spain

It is one thing to stay a night at a camp site where all the services people usually need are available, and completely other thing to camp on a mountain with thousands of people without any facilities. If it is camping on a mountain in order to watch a bicycle race, it can be a lot of fun. We camped a night on the famous Alto del Angliru near Oviedo, northwest Spain to follow a stage of the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a España) road cycling race.

horses at Angliru mountain in Spain, Asturias Read the story “A night at the races: camping on a mountain for the Tour of Spain”

These highways in the air are really busy every spring and autumn

It is not only humans who like to travel to distant destinations, but some animals travel long distances twice a year. I am not talking about your dog that you may take along for road trips in your motorhome, but birds that migrate every spring and autumn. Movebank has created a fascinating animation that shows the routes birds fly.

Movebank animation of bird migration routes Read the story “These highways in the air are really busy every spring and autumn”