If you’ve visited this site before, you may have noticed I strongly support and promote eco-friendly activities that bring travelers in close contact with Corsica’s natural beauty.
Hiking, backpacking, kayaking and bicycling provide a healthy way to fully engage our bodies and minds, while allowing us to visit places otherwise inaccessible by car.
For this reason, I’m happy to present to you Cycling through France, a no-nonsense guide packed with solid content and countless tips for a successful and stress-free biking adventure in France.
Think you need a load of money to enjoy a cycling vacation in France?
Then you need this guide. Whether you plan to follow one or several of the Tour de France stages or just leisurely pedal through the French countryside, this guide will save you countless hours of research and money.
Tim Marsh, its author, is not just an avid cyclist and snowboarder but also a hard-core flashpacker, who traveled from Australia carrying a DSLR camera, 3 lenses, his bicycle, laptop, iPod, and several chargers and adaptors, without losing his mind or any of his stuff.
Tim brings his intensity and attention to detail to everything he does. If he ever leads an expedition to Antarctica I want to be on his team.
How this Guide Was Born
While planning his trip to France, Tim realized there was not a readily-found, highly focused, central source of information that covered all the important aspects of traveling through France that would be useful for anyone planning a cycling trip, following Le Tour, or L’Etape du Tour and thus, Cycling through France was born!
A great deal of pedaling, research (and money) has gone into putting together this guide and Tim is currently selling it for a very low price, in Australian dollars, which makes it even more affordable to those living in North America and Europe.
Cycling through France is almost entirely content-only, apart from a few images, which are there to get you excited about cycling in France as well as break up the INCREDIBLE amount of information in the guide.
As you know, the two biggest travel expenses are usually air fare and lodging. Local transportation (car hiring) is probably the third largest expense. Tim’s guide will help you minimize these three major travel expenses by presenting the Pros and Cons of each option, to help you make the best choice for you.
Here’s a sneak preview of Cycling through France.
CYCLING Through CORSICA
I couldn’t promote a book about Cycling through France without mentioning Corsica which is after all, a department of France. And even though Le Tour has not visited the island so far, (that
may will change in 2013), cyclists come to Corsica every year to enjoy the best of both worlds: challenging climbs and highways overlooking 1,000 kilometers of unspoilt coasts.
So I asked Tim to include my rough Cycling through Corsica guide with his book, in a single package, and he agreed.
If you buy Tim’s Cycling through France through this site, you’ll also get a copy of my Cycling through Corsica guide, where you’ll find information on:
- Popular Cycling Routes
- Pros and Cons of Guided and Self-Guided Tours
- Independent Travel
- Getting to Corsica
- Gadgets and Gear
- Staying Connected
- Outdoor Gear
- Business Hours
- Getting around the island
- Information on Climbs
- Bike Hire Locations and
- Biking Tour Operators (that don’t charge an arm and a leg).
I sure wish I’d had all this information neatly arranged in one place before my first trip to Corsica.
It’s The Things You Don’t Plan for that Get You
Tim and I have made several contributions to the French economy (through a few costly errors) and we would like to spare you from making those same mistakes.
After his trip to France, Tim returned to a mobile phone bill of AUD$2100! (around USD$1680/€1260) almost entirely due to Google Map usage (while getting lost late at night in the Swiss Alps).
As a result of this experience, his guide devotes several pages to the topic of Mobile Phone Roaming and how to best avoid excessive phone charges.
Something for Everyone
Whether you’re a digital nomad or independent traveler, these guides will help save you money, time and hassle even if you don’t plan to ride a bike.
You’ll find many smart travel tips in this guide including backpack reviews, how to carry and protect your equipment (geeky gadgets), car hire versus camper van hire, shopping for food, Internet access and much more.
As a bonus, Cycling through France includes a chart (10 pages long) of Major Global Airline Routes into the EU, a very handy mini-guide for those living in countries outside the EU including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Canada, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the US. (Yes, England is part of the EU but there’s a little puddle between the UK and the mainland).
This bundle costs less than dinner for two at an inexpensive restaurant.
Buy it now for AUD$19 (Australia Dollars) and get a free copy of Cycling Through Corsica. That’s a pretty good deal considering the hundreds of dollars you could save.
What are you waiting for? It’s never too early to start planning your next trip.
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