How to cycle the world

Welcome to ‘How to Cycle the World’ with The Kindness of Strangers.
This is a new feature to our website and something that we plan to update along the road. As most of the information so far is scrunched up in some notes and in the back of my head somewhere, it may take a while before it is completely updated and makes it way to this page.
This part of the site is not for the casual reader. It’s not designed to be interesting or particularly light reading for those who don’t travel.. There’s no stories of the adventure, just more the ‘which way we went, how much did it cost and were there a lot of hills. If you’re thinking of travelling, be it by bicycle ot otherwise, then I hope you find a few tips

Cycling Tehran to the south coast of Iran

by tkos on October 2, 2012

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Cycling the south of Iran takes you to the wonders that are Natanz, Qom, Esfahan and Shiraz.. Although I’d recommend avoiding getting too close to Natanz unless you’d like to risk getting locked up by the military. Qom is the religious capital of the country and Esfahan, Shiraz and Bander Lengeh are all rich in [...]


Post image for Cycling the north west mountains of Iran to Tehran

Cycling through Iran has to be the highlight of the trip so far. It is incredible. It is the biggest cultural learning experience you can get from one country with the most hospitable people in the world. You cannot cycle more than a couple of hours without being offered water, food, a place to stay [...]


Post image for Cycling from Turkey’s capital to the Iranian border

This is where the adventure is kicked up a notch and you need to start planning your route a little more carefully. The way I see it, you’ve got three options to get to Iran. You can either go along the coastal road of the Black Sea. I’m led to believe it is a beautiful [...]


Post image for Cycling the European side of Turkey and a bit more

Cycling through Turkey is exciting. There is just no other way to put it. The food is more distinguished, the people are fascinating, the history is mesmerising and you just can’t help but get absorbed into the whole culture. As far as the cycling itself, this part of Turkey will take you through the craziest [...]


Cycling through Macedonia, Bulgaria & Greece

by tkos on September 9, 2012

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With regret, we had our skates on through Macedonia and Bulgaria, so we did not get the chance to do any justice to either of these countries. As far as Greece goes, we saw a sign at the side of the road then pointed to Greece just 2km away. So we decided to pop over [...]


Cycling around Kosovo

by tkos on September 3, 2012

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For some reason, Google won’t give road directions for the map below, but I’m sure you can figure it out by following the markers. We spent a total of 11 nights in Kosovo and loved every minute of it. We carried out our first two projects of the trip, met some fantastic NGO’s and even [...]


Cycling through Albania

by tkos on August 31, 2012

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This is where you start to realise you’ve left home. We cycled through here late August and September, only to be warned about the weather in Turkey and Iran by the time we get there. As a result, we missed out on Montenegro and Serbia. There’s a multiple of options as to which countries you [...]


Post image for Cycling from Rome to Bari via the Amalfi Coast

This route will take you passed the chaotic roads of Rome, the lost city of Napoli, a dip into the Amalfi coast and then across the middle of nowhere to Bari. Southern Italy is like a different country. The food changes, the heats gets hotter, the roads get crazier and  the Italians get bigger. Wild camping [...]


Cycling the Italian Riviera to Rome

by Brett Seychell on August 25, 2012

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The Italian Riviera to Rome amps up the cycling difficulty a notch, but just one. You’ll get to tackle a few more ups and downs along the coast and if you’re unlucky the temperature can soar to 48°C! Horns and rapid hand gestures are used a lot more, but that could have been because Kimmi [...]


Cycling from Burgundy to Provence

by Brett Seychell on August 24, 2012

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Back to back vineyards, quaint little villages and what feels like more cycle paths than roads. The bicycle is such a common past time, you are rarely alone as families from toddlers to grandparents stroll on by enjoying the sunshine and the serenity. It’s utter bliss. Have a flick through the map below and some [...]