What one puts into their travel prep is returned multi fold.
Trips are only a tad better than the pleasant time spent in preparation.
Locals are exponentially more receptive, the smaller the group.
Case in point. Sitting solo at an outdoor restaurant table in La Paz, Baja - a pick up truck parks nearby with a dog in the bed. The couple are waiting for take out. "Can I pet your dog?" I ask in Spanish. " Certainly, " they reply. They too are riders and are in the process of planning a trip to Alaska. We talk strategies and past bike trips. Next thing I'm invited to dinner.
Excellent company and meal.
Bring wine or beer depending on your host.
Bike travel is not cheap. But guest houses, couch surfing, camping and sex Motels extend one's accommodation budget. Fresh markets and street food offer the best cheap eats.
The library for travel adventure, history, culture, highlights and short language courses. You Tube for 'frosting on the research.'
While not a bike rider, this woman knows how to travel and maximizes budget. Her name is Jane Weber and she wrote, "The Traveler's Travel Guide."
With our messed up social attitudes, work overcame play. ,😢
A Pilgrimage gives travel purpose.
So what interests you, pilgrim? Find your passion and go for it.