While countries around the world have begun to ease their Corona Virus restrictions, there are 3 countries, in particular, that are taking bold steps to supercharge their domestic and foreign tourism. Get your cycling gear ready and your bike tuned up. This may just well be THE opportune time to plan your next cycling adventure!

Ciao Bella Italia! (Italian: “Hello Beautiful Italy”)

Being the fifth most visited country in the world, Italy is the first to take such bold moves, starting with its largest island, Sicily.

This popular tourist spot is known for its archaeology, seascape, unique Sicilian cuisine, and you guessed it…Sicily has been host to Giro d’Italia over the years.

The regional government has also set aside €10 million to revamp Giro di Sicilia for the next 3 years.  😱🙌🏼

Sicily has since made public, once they are fully reopened, that they will pay a portion of your travel costs to come visit this fall.  😱😱🙌🏼

That means covering half of your airline tickets plus 1 of 3 hotel nights, as well as free tickets to museums and archaeological sites.

Sicily, itself, is looking to spend $50Million!  WOW!

Check the Visit Sicily Website for available vouchers. We will definitely keep an eye on this when it launches.

Photo CREDIT: On-Sicily.com

Good News for LOCAL Italian Cyclists, however.

Italian government is already providing “Holiday Bonuses” to lower-income families to spend on Hotel, Beach Resort, or campground stays during 2020.

In addition, hotels will reduce their prices for eligible guests (and claim tax credit to compensate) while travelers can claim expenses as a tax deduction.

For a family of 3 – eligible for €500 (about US$544),
Couples – €300 (US$327)
Individuals – €150 (US$163)

On top of that, if you live in Italian cities, you qualify to receive up to €500 (about US $544) towards the cost of a new bike, scooter, hoverboard or Segway.  How cool is that!  🤩🤩👏🏼👏🏼

Update as of 5/26/20:

Italian borders are due to reopen to European tourists on June 3rd for domestic travel only. Parks, bars, restaurants, non-essential shops, and museums have been reopened with specific health guidelines of course. Beach resorts are open, but some hotels have yet to reopen in June.

Starting May 30th, excursions to Mt. Etna will be possible again by cable car.

For up-to-date info on Sicily & Covid-19, read up on Visit Sicily & Italia.it

Here are some of Sicily’s best places to cycle:

Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Cycling here offers scenic views of Sicily and is #10 of the TOP 10 world cycling climbs!

Best time to visit: Year-round

By Road Bike from Catania:
26 miles, 8,959ft elevation gain

OR take Mt. Etna on by Mountain Bike:

Explore more details on PJammCycling.com.
Follow the route of Giro di Sicilia, a multi-stage bike race since 1907, disappeared after 1977, but was recently revived in 2019.
TOTAL:  717km / 446 miles
Best Time to Visit:  Apr – Jun, Sep – Oct, as the temperatures are not as sweltering as they are in the summer.

For other cycling routes in Sicily, check out VisitSicily.info.

Mt Fuji Photo CREDIT: Fun-Japan.jp

Next up, すごい Japan!! (Japanese: “Amazing”)

Japan got hit hard with a 99.99% decrease in tourism in April 2020 with only 2,900 tourists vs. a record 32.5 Million international visitors in 2019.  😱😱

Japanese government’s ambitious plans for incentivizing $12.5 Billion towards tourism, which can launch as soon as July, speaks of paying HALF of a traveler’s expenses.  😱😱

This program is still dependent on the country’s decrease in Covid-19 infection rates. Priority is on domestic tourism first, then international. Full details of the program, yet to be released. Will keep an eye on updates.

For up-to-date info on Japan & Covid-19, read up on Japan Travel & Japan Travel on Corona Virus.


Why Cycle Japan?

Japan is such an incredible country. On top of cycling Tokyo, one of the most advanced mega-cities in the world, the land outside big cities is not as populated with minimal traffic and has great cycling infrastructure.

Awesome to hear that Japanese drivers are also very courteous. 😍😍

The kindness and warmth of the locals are unparalleled. Well, maybe next to the Philippines. 😍😍

The richness of food, culture, history, and natural environment is definitely worth the trip!

Update as of 5/26/20:
Japan has lifted its state of emergency.
Tokyo carefully opened today with museums, libraries, pools, schools, gyms, and bowling alleys.
International Travel is still banned, but they are one step closer to opening their country.

Here are some of Japan’s best places to cycle:

Ride up Mt Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan standing at 3,776.24 metres (12,389.2 ft)., 2nd highest volcano in Asia.
Climb Route via Gotemba Line.

Best time to visit: Oct – Feb, with December and January being the highest in terms of visibility.

This is the easiest and least approach to a Mt. Fuji 5th line.
The climb is short but averages a 7.7% grade! 😱😱
5.8 miles, 2,434ft elevation gain

Shimanami Kaido Photo CREDIT: Japan-Guide.com

How about spending time in a “Cyclist’s Paradise?

A 70-km Setouchi Shimanami Kaido doesn’t disappoint!

Overlooking the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, it’s Japan’s first strait-traversing dedicated cycling route through 6 islands from Onomichi City to Imabari City on Shikoku.

Here’s a fun intro to Shimanami Kaido:

You can read additional popular cycling destinations in Japan via Rakuten Travel

Glacier National Park, Montana

Last but not least, USA is making moves!

The US Travel Association (USTA) and American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) are both calling for tax credits to encourage business and leisure travel

“specifically a tax credit worth 50% of qualified travel expenses incurred in the US between enactment and December 2021, up to a max tax credit of $4,000 per household.”

Travel Expenses over $50 include meals, lodging, recreation, transportation, and gasoline.

Wow 😱, I hope this happens.

US President Trump did briefly mention an “Explore America” tax credit last week during a roundtable with restaurant owners. 

Which US State would you cycle to for a $4,000 travel tax credit? 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Many US National Parks have reopened.  I give 2 thumbs up 👍🏼👍🏼 for a visit to: 


Glacier National Park, a 33-mile climb up to Logan Pass and 18-miles down to the park’s east entrance.

Here are 13 other epic bike rides in US National Parks by Bicycling.com

Take into consideration that parks will limit visitors per day as it carefully reopens. You will need to be more self-sufficient as visitor centers, shops, bathrooms, and campgrounds may still be closed.


It’s also a great time to cycle, hike, zipline, river raft to Machu Picchu, Peru for Peruvians!

55 Archaeological sites including Machu Picchu itself is offering free admission to select Peruvians between July – December.

I sure hope they extend that invitation to international tourists! I would so be there! 🤪🤪

Here’s a closer look on an adventurous 4-day excursion to Machu Picchu:

SIDE NOTE #2: Many European countries are desperate to salvage this year’s travel season, as they carefully reopen again. With that in mind, governments are thinking about “Travel Bubbles” or “Air Bridges”. This allows people from countries with little to no infection rates to travel freely, without the required 14-day quarantine. So if you are a cyclist living in those LUCKY countries, take advantage of travel.

You can see which countries have low infection rates by visiting Worldometers Coronavirus

Are you a passionate traveler and an avid cyclist who wants to combine both your passions into one memorable adventure?

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CTC aims to be the BEST RESOURCE for an informative travel community that can cycle together thru cycling group holidays, bike touring, and/or bike packing.

So excited about all this!

More adventures to come!

Peace out for now. 🤩✌🏼

Always great to get educated and inspired by places you would love to visit. It's time to start planning! You can start with these books below. Enjoy!

Any questions about Cycle Travel? Recommend epic rides for us to travel to? Drop me a message in the comments below!


Hey there, I’m Monica Busby — I started cycling seriously 5 years ago across 48 US States and Cebu, Philippines after being fed up of the rat race.  “There has to be more to life than this”, I said to myself.  So I picked up a bicycle and have been on a pilgrimage to cycle the world ever since.  Adventure Travel and Entrepreneurship are my passions. Let me inspire you to cycle travel more with wild stories, scenic views, and business tips to live a lifestyle you have always wanted.

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