Top 10: Things I Miss When I’m Cycling the World

Photo of me on bicycle cycling the world.

Cycling the world on my own is every day a new experience of foreign cultures, landscapes, cuisines and languages but what do I miss most when I’m out on the road?

The Top 10 Things I Miss When I’m Cycling the World are:


  1. The People I Love
  2. Understanding what People Say to Me & Vice Versa
  3. Sleeping in a Bed
  4. The Big Fluffy Onesie
  5. Home Cuisine (Chippy Chips, Deep Fried Pizza, Broon Sauce; Golden Wonder Salt n Vinegar Crisps; Guinness; Irn Bru)
  6. The Scottish Accent & Banter
  7. Bubble Baths
  8. Central Heating & Hot Water
  9. The British System
  10. Couch & Movie

What’s the biggest thing you miss about home when abroad?  Post you comments below …

Ishbel, creator of World Bike Girl, has spent her life on bicycles, from road racing, to velodrome sprinting to cycling the world. She has pedalled across 20 countries solo and promotes commuting by bicycle. Much to the dismay of her friends, she is an avid wearer of socks and sandals.

9 Replies to “Top 10: Things I Miss When I’m Cycling the World”

  1. Love your world journeys! As a 6 continent world traveler, when I’m on the road, I love every second of every day and miss nothing. Why? Because I could always fly back to my home to enjoy all the comforts of home, but then, I wouldn’t be on an adventure. When you look back on your life, what you did, especially being a woman, you inspired countless other women and men, and, you lived an extraordinary life that VERY few ever attempt. Pedal on in good health and high spirits, Frosty Wooldridge

  2. For me it would be (and I’ve left my country exactly once, looks at feet in shame) I’d have to say I missed Australian divers’ attitudes.

    Nah, just kidding! Miss Australian road traffic? Never, they’re sociopaths here!

    Seriously, I have never felt safer (once I figured the system at intersections) on Hanoi’s streets, unlike Melbourne. (And Melbourne is the best Australia has to offer cyclists!) I suspect it’s the Buddhism (nobody wants bad karma) and that fact that most are on 2 wheels (even if motorised mostly, nobody wants to go down) that makes riding through an intersection a lot safer than it actually looks! I need to get overseas again,

    I know. I need to make a bit more scratch than I do at the moment. Ghod, left my country once! Shame on me 🙁

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