Pictures Letters Journals Bikes Camp Plan Funding/Cost MyBooks Media Support Contact


Custom Search

The story of how I saved money, quit my job, sold my possessions, and set off to endlessly travel by bike around the world. My Plan

My 3 Books
I write, self publish and sell books about touring

Picture Gallery
Travel Plan

My Books
About Me
Media/Press Room


Photo Use Info

Read Sample Letter
Continue My Travels

Places I have been
How can I afford this?)

India and Neighbors
May 2010 to present

Alaska / Canada / USA
May 2008 to April 2010

New Zealand
Sept 2007 to May 2008

Sept 2006 to Sept 2007

SE Asia / China
Nov 2004 to Sept 2006

South America
June 2003 to June 2004

AZ, Mexico, and Central America
March 2002 to April 2003

How I started
The 5 years before I left

*Help Support this Web Site and Continue My Travels.

Equipment Pages Index

How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Bike Touring Shorts

Short-wave Radio
Bicycle touring lights

Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures

See My Videos Here

(see all 3 book)

Prescott couple to ride off on worldwide trip

 March 27, 2002 Mirsada Buric-adam The Daily Courier

Prescott - Tour the world on two wheels for seven years sounds almost like a fairy tale.

But for a Prescott couple, Cindie and Tim Travis, this fairy tale will become real on March 30 when they begin the tour of their life - one that they have been planning intensely for several years.

"We started saving money four years ago," said Tim, who has had a dream of venturing the world on his bike since his high school days.

"Pedaling to the Ends of the Earth" and "Miles from Nowhere," were the two books that sparked the fire in him to achieve his dream.

"I like to bike and I like to travel," he said. "It (the bike tour) has always been interesting to me. And I have read the books. It was really popular in the '70s to bike tour".

For Tim, that appeal has remained constant. And his wife, who shares the same devotion, was very receptive to the idea.

"Traveling is a passion of mine," Cindie said. "I love to ride. And when financial things started to get together I just said why not. I wan to do this while I'm young."

"Our first date was on a bike and we got married on bikes in a drive-through in Las Vegas," she added.

About 49 months ago, Tim created a calendar relating to their trip deadline. And in order to save the needed money, Cindie noted, they have lived on a minimum allowance, saving every penny.

"We didn't get fancy cars," she said. "We are not using any money from our retirement." "We hung on to everything forever because we knew we were going to go," Tim added.

Their advanced planning has helped them to save enough money to last the seven years on the road without working.

"We can go as long as we have money," Tim said. "Our maximum budget is $15,000 a year."

Their daily allowance is about $41, Cindie added.

"Our plan is to work along the way," she said, while adding that they are not counting on that money. "We intend to camp a lot to save money", she explained.

For the past three months they have been knee-deep in chores trying to finalize may details before they ride off, Cindie said.

"You can't do everything you want to do", she said. "You have to prioritize."

"We have spent so much time getting ready to go on a bike trip, we do not have time to ride," Tim added. "We are going to get in shape as we go."

The Travises recently rented out their home and moved into their recreational vehicle, which they plan to sell along with their two cars and other belongings. While touring they will carry only items that will sustain them along the way such as a tent, sleeping bags, a stove, a portable shower and pots and pans.

"All we need is a creek", Tim said jokingly while pointing at a book cover with a picture of a biker traveling with his load of bags hanging on the sides of the bike. "That is what it looks like. That is another guy's book. We have just finished reading it. It is a real similar trip."

A few modern technology devices - including a laptop, a digital camcorder, solar panel and an acoustic coupler - will be a part of their limited load. Their bikes are custom made with a special wheel design.

"Everything is functional and multi-purpose," Cindie said. "If it is not functional, it is out."

At this point, the Travises have figured out their route for the first two years of their bike tour. Beyond that, their planning is more vague.

"We have a lot of options," Tim said, and "are going to do anything we can afford."

The first four weeks of their trip will be a warm-up, Tim said.

"I've got the Arizona route pretty much down," Tim said, adding that they may cover only 30 to 50 miles a day at first. "We will ride until we get tired," he noted.

In May, they plan to cross the border into the central Mexico highlands, where they will stay for several months. Their goal is to enroll in a Spanish school to enrich their knowledge of that language. Around October they will continue their journey through Central America. Five months later, they plan to cruise through South America and ride along the spine of the Andes Mountains all the way to Chile.

Two years from now, their goal is to reach Africa and ride through more friendly countries while avoiding those areas that are in the midst of a civil war and political turbulence.

"In some countries it is illegal for women to ride a bike", Tim said, adding that they will also avoid countries in central Asia that do not have a friendly relationship with the United States.

After a few months of touring through the Africa nations, the Travises will fly to Europe.

"We are using Europe as a regrouping place", Tim said, adding that some of their friends might meet them there. Cindie plans to teach the English language in Greece or Spain. She taught it in Greece back in 1990, she said.

Their objective is to cruise through Asia - specifically China, Hong Long, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia - before they cross the ocean to Darwin, Australia, and then to New Zealand.

At this point, they do not know how many countries they will visit. Iran is one of the countries that is on their wish list and they hope that by the time they are in the area that it will be safe for them there. For now, though, Iran and India are "on the back burner", Tim said.

Cindie said that getting all of the things in place has not allowed her to think much about the trip.

"We had so much to do," she said. "I will be ready to let go. I'm excited. I do not think it is going to hit me until I start going up White Spar (Road)."

"We actually have simplified our life," she added. Because of that, they are able to enjoy it more, she said.

At this point, they are in a process of building their Web site - - which will allow them to stay in contact with their family and friends.

"It (the Internet) is a big part of this trip," Tim said.

In three weeks, when the time comes to leave, "the hardest part will be getting out the door," Tim said.

Bicycle Touring
Tips & Advice

- Bike Stuff
- Camping

Touring Bicycles

Tools and Spares

Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress
Camp Stove
Water Filter
Pots and Pans
First Aide Kits
Solar Power
Bike Maps
Preventing Flat Tires

Bike Computer
Cargo Trailers
Kick Stands
Commuting Bikes

Camp Shower/Toiletry Bag


Bike Shoes
Bike Touring Shorts

Stealth/Free Camp

What I Have Learned On The Road

Dreaming of Endless Travel

Injustice of Poverty

Much MORE Gear Here!

Sponsors (how?)

Cycle Touring Racks

Tents and ground cloths
Sleeping Bags
Camping Mattress Pads

Email Newsletter











2002 - 2020 (TM) All Rights Reserved

Find out how you can use my pictures on your web site legally and free of charge.