Where the experts’ holiday: Josie Drew, author of cycling adventure books from around the world

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Long distance cyclist, Josie Drew, talks travel


What do you like to do on holiday?
Cycle, of course!


Where did you last go?
I cycled 1000 miles across Holland, Germany, Denmark with my two-year-old and five year old daughters and a reluctant husband.


Do you know where you’re going this year?
No… but what I can tell you is that it will be somewhere by bike!


Photo courtesy of Josie Drew


Of all the places you have been to, which were your favourite and why?
That’s easy: Iceland for no people; Japan for lots of people; Norway for fjords; France for food and for people who like bikes (ditto Holland); India for colourful chaos; Hawaii for perfect camping temperatures; America for its vastness.


Which destination do you wish to travel to but haven’t yet been?
That would be Greenland.


In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
I’d suggest they see our high hedgerows and sunken lanes – by bike, naturally.


How do you plan your holiday?
I pack a bike and go and see what comes my way. I tend to like uncertainty and unpredictability.


Photo courtesy of Josie Drew

How often do you travel?
Pre-children, I travelled lots! Post children: not as much as I’d like but more than I thought I would.

Who do you travel with?
Pre children, I used to travel solo. Now I travel with my children and my husband  – if he isn’t busy building things, out of wood.


Photo courtesy of Josie Drew

Where do you see tourism in your country in 10 years?
I’d like to see cycle tourism really take off.

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