For the longest time, I almost feel like this has been my well-kept secret of exploring a city — riding a bike.
Growing up my dad taught me how to ride a bike that was WAY too big for me. I remember it being a red bike, that I was probably 6 years old and the bike being 5 times my size. Somehow somewhere, it did the trick and I learned how to ride a bike. However, as I got older my bike riding fun kinda faded away probably because I started driving a car. I guess I can also blame it on LA, there weren’t too many places to ride a bike growing up. BUT I brought the trend back into my life in the last 10 years and I just love it!
How I Fell In Love With Bike Riding
I took a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii probably 10 years ago and discovered my passion for bike riding again. I had been to Hawaii a few times and every time I went, I always wanted to do something I’ve never done before. I got to a point where I’ve literally done ALL of the attractions in Hawaii and was trying to be creative about my time spent there. I decided to randomly rent a bike for 2hrs and road it for miles all over the city. I felt so free and alive! Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with renting bikes in different cities around the world.
I don’t know what it is about riding a bike that just makes me love life. I guess it makes me feel FREE and like I’m flying, with my hair blowing in the wind, it’s kinda like having a mini convertible lol. I just think it’s a very freeing experience.
I later decided to do this in many cities around the world including Israel, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Cuba, Tokyo, Santa Barbara, even Venice Beach in LA and most recently in Tulum, Mexico, and more. I even attempted to make a vlog in Tulum while riding a bike, which didn’t turn out so well, but I tried. (check out: Tulum Mexico Travel Vlog / When Your Trip Doesn’t Go According To Plan!)
Most recently, the bike trend is coming back in the last few years more and more. A lot of cities are bringing back the bike trend and I just love it! More cities are making street roads bike-friendly, even the city of LA which is worldly known for their auto-transport method of getting around.
Funny enough, this whole past week I have been wondering if I should take the plunge and buy myself a beach cruiser bike. So when I was asked to partner up with Donkey Bike I was pretty excited because I’m really passionate about riding bikes and even more so, exploring a brand new city with it. I think it’s a great form of staying fit while traveling and a great way of seeing a city. You can stop wherever you want to take a photo, visit an attraction or take a break.
I seriously love this idea because it saves you the time of trying to find a place that rents out bikes in a foreign country where you might not know the language.
Bike rentals in Barcelona, for example, is seriously perfect. There is so much to see and do in that city but at the same time, it’s also a pretty big city to fully explore by foot. I spent 5 days in Barcelona and it still to this day one of my favorite cities in the world. I spent A LOT of time walking and taking the buses places, I really do wish I had rented a bike because it’s perfect for a city like Barcelona.
I hope you enjoy your travels and really do consider renting a bike and exploring a city with it.
*This is a sponsored post brought to you by Donkey Bike. As always, my opinions are of my own.