Why I Decided to Start a Podcast...
I want to start off by welcoming all visitors to Bike Tour Adventures. I decided to start this project initially as a podcast to interview bike tourists from around the world, so that I could hear their stories and live through their experiences. However, as the planning moved forward, I decided to start a website which would include a blog, a touring tips section, and also showcase photos and videos from my own personal adventures.
Having spent the bulk of my adult life living abroad, I would describe myself as a teacher, traveller, bike tourist, and expat. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to bike tour in some really amazing places, such as: Indonesia (Java to Lombok), Malaysia, Northern Europe (Hassleholm to Berlin), Thailand (Mae Hong Son), and Japan (Osaka to Hiroshima). This has given me the chance to meet some amazing cyclists, and truly explore various cultures.
I decided to create the podcast as a means of sharing stories in a medium that is accessible to those that don’t have the time to sit and read everything that people write, such as this blog post. I enjoy listening to podcasts while biking, driving, and doing other day-to-day things, and I thought it would be really great to create a podcast that focusses on bike touring, allowing other bike tourists to share their experiences, pains, challenges, and successes.
My goal with the podcast is to engage with, and get to know, these seemingly normal people, that have decided to explore the world on two wheels and find out all about their trips, share ideas and stories that will inspire other bike tourists, or wannabe bike tourists, into embracing change and seeking new challenges. These podcast episodes can also help bike tourists prepare for upcoming challenges which they might face, and also provide a few laughs along the way.
I don’t want the podcast to be focussed on me, other than as a means of leading discussions with bike tourists so that we can learn about their motivations to deciding on bike touring. It fascinates me that people are able to drop everything and go on a long-term bike tour, and I am keen to find out what meaningful experiences they have gained along the way, and what regrets they have.
So to all cyclists out there, riding on long or short tours, this podcast is for you. I hope you enjoy what I put together. Definitely, if you have any comments, requests, or other things that you want me to look into more, drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to get back to you as quickly as possible.