Every year, millions of people take the vacations they deserve. Going on vacation is a great way to relax, see new places, and reset your mindset so you’re prepared to come back to work more productive and more focused than before.
However, most people don’t get as much value out of their vacations as they could, either because they make impulsive decisions or because they keep working and get distracted, despite claiming to be on leave. We can’t help you with disconnecting from work, but we can help you get more out of your vacation with one simple tip: consider renting a bike on your next vacation.
Why is renting a bike so potentially beneficial?
For starters, renting a bike is easy. Historically, all you had to do was walk into a local bike shop or rental place and pick up a bike of your choice. But these days, it’s even easier. Mobile bike rental shops are becoming more popular, offering bike rentals with free delivery or making the rental bikes highly accessible. You don’t need to drive to a specific place. Instead, the bikes are made immediately convenient for you. Because of this, there’s no reason not to rent one.
It’s Good Exercise
Next, biking is good exercise. While riding a bike, you’ll be forced to maintain your balance while pedaling forward for miles at a time. You’ll give your lower body an excellent workout, you’ll increase your heart health and lung capacity, and you’ll burn plenty of calories in the process.
Most of us, when on vacation, take the opportunity to indulge ourselves with extra food and drinks and ongoing relaxation. But it’s important to get at least some exercise to counteract the negative effects of those lifestyle choices and to feel better in each moment. Biking helps you get some of that exercise without ever having to set foot in a gym.
It’s Convenient Transportation
Bicycling is convenient transportation. Many people find it more convenient and accommodating than other forms of transportation, such as renting a car or relying on buses.
- Reliability. Bicycling is highly reliable. There’s always the risk that you’ll get a flat tire or encounter some other gear failure, but you won’t have to worry about a bicycle being behind schedule, nor will you have to worry about the bicycle breaking down because it was poorly maintained.
- Maneuverability. Bicycles are also more maneuverable than most other forms of transportation. During a traffic jam, you might be able to weave in and out of different Lanes to avoid the holdup. in some areas of the world, you may be able to ride on both roads and sidewalks. No matter what, you can definitely get closer to your destination then you could with a car – and you’ll enjoy plenty of parking spaces as well.
- Flexibility and freedom. Riding a bike gives you much more flexibility and freedom than other forms of transportation. You don’t have to wait for a bus to show up. You don’t have to adhere to a long rental agreement. Instead, you can travel wherever you want, whenever you want.
Renting a bike is also highly inexpensive, especially when compared with other forms of travel. Depending on the bike you get and where you rent it, you’ll likely end up paying far less than $100 per day for the rental. You also won’t have to pay for fuel, insurance, parking passes, or other incidental fees most of the time.
It Provides You With Other Recreational Opportunities
Riding a bike isn’t just about transportation, of course. Renting a bike on vacation can provide you with other recreational opportunities while you’re enjoying yourself, such as:
- Trail riding. Take your bike on a local trail and take in the scenery with a laid-back, relaxed ride. It’s the perfect opportunity to get in touch with nature or see some of the most important attractions in a given area. You can also use this as an excuse to hold a small picnic.
- Mountain biking. Some people want something rougher and more exciting. If this sounds like you, you can consider renting a mountain bike and tackling more challenging terrain.
- Group rides. If you’re more interested in social opportunities, you can use your rented bike to partake in local group rides. Because you all share at least one thing in common, it’s easy to make new connections and possibly make some new friends during your vacation.
Vacation bike rentals aren’t for everybody. Some people aren’t equipped to ride a bike comfortably. Others are concerned about potential safety issues – which become even more magnified in countries that don’t support bike riding through infrastructure.
Still, for most people and most vacations, renting a bike could be exactly what you need to have more fun and truly relax.