My experience of being a cyclist in Belgium, though brief (less than two hours) and unexpected (I realised only the day before that I would pass through its south-eastern corner on my way from Luxembourg to France), was a positive one. Unlike in the other countries, several passing motorists showed their support, admiration and encouragement for me by beeping their car horns and waving their hands at me. This welcome trait would certainly make me want to do more cycling here.
At least, I think their beeps and waves were meant to encourage...
Ireland - Return to Ireland in August after London Olympics.
England - Cycle from Rosslare to Cork, arriving home on 20 July. Fly from Cork to London on 26 July for first week of Olympics. Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France - After Euro 2012 cycle from Poland to Cherbourg, France going through Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and northern France.
Poland - Ferry from Karlskrona (Sweden) to Gydnia on 31 May; cycle to Gdansk and then south to Poznań for Ireland's opening Euro 2012 on 10 June.
Sweden - Ferry from Helsingør (Denmark) to Helsingborg (Sweden) on 23 May, cycle to Lund, Malmö, Ystad, Åhus.
Denmark - Cycle into Denmark from Germany on 15 May, cycle to Fåborg, Slagelse, Roskilde, Copenhagen, Helsingør.
Germany - Cycle from Holland into Germany on 11 May, cycle to Bocholt and Münster. Train to Flemsburg.
Holland - Ferry from Hull to Rotterdam on 7 May, cycle through southern Holland staying in Breda, Den Bosch, Nijmegen.
Wales & England - Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead 1 May; cycle across northern Wales and England staying in Bangor, Chester, Stockport, Leeds, Knaresborough, York.
Ireland - Fly from Istanbul to Dublin 19 April to go to Ciaran and Martina's wedding in Tipperary.
Turkey - Fly from Mumbai to Istanbul on 29 March for 3 weeks in Turkey, going to Çanakkale, Bozçaada, Izmir, Selçuk, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Cappadocia.
India - Fly from Kathmandu to Mumbai on 24 March.
Nepal - Cross from Darjeeling into Nepal on 17 January. Spend time in Kathmandu, Sauraha (Chitwan) and Pokhara before doing treks in Annapurna and Everest regions.
India - Fly to New Delhi on 27 Oct. Visit Agra and Jaipur. Get to Darjeeling on 5 Nov.
Singapore - Fly from Auckland to Singapore 25 Oct.
New Zealand - Fly from Fiji to Auckland on 8 Sept for Rugby World Cup. Going to Ireland's games in New Plymouth, Auckland, Rotorua, Dunedin, Wellington. Then Wanganui, Lake Waikaremoana, National Park before getting back to Auckland for the weekend of the Final.
Fiji - Fly Cairns to Nadi 28 Aug. Yasawas Islands, Coral Coast.
Australia - Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach, Mission Beach, Port Douglas , 1 - 27 Aug.
Cambodia - Siem Reap, Battanbang, Phnom Penh. Fly from Phnom Penh to Melbourne 30 July.
Vietnam - Arrive in Hanoi 28 June, then Sapa, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mui Ne, Dalat, Lak Lake, Saigon, Can Tho, Chau Doc.
Laos - Two day slow boat from Thai border to Luang Prabang, then onto Vang Vieng.
Thailand - Fly into Bangkok 8 June, go north to Chang Mai, Pai.
Malaysia - Fly Perth to Kuala Lumpur 11 May. Cameron Highlands, Perhentian Islands, Kota Bhoru. Malaysian Borneo 24 May - 8 June.
Australia - Fly from Auckland to Melbourne 5 April. Tasmania 13 - 28 April. Fly Melbourne to Perth 29 April; road trip including Margaret River, Augusta, Pemberton, Albany.
New Zealand - Fly from Sydney to Auckland 16 Feb. Wedding in Auckland, then north to Doubtless Bay. Fly to Christchurch for 3 weeks in South Island, including Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt. Cook, Kaikoura, Picton, Nelson, Karamea. Then ferry to North Island, visiting Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, East Cape, Coromandel and back to Auckland.
Australia - Fly from Abu Dhabi to Sydney 11 Feb.
Ethiopia - Fly from Dubai to Addis Ababa on 11 Jan, returning to Dubai on 10 Feb.
United Arab Emirates - Fly from Dublin to Abu Dhabi on 9 Jan.
Ireland - Flying back into Dublin 13 Dec.
USA - New York 6 -12 Dec.
Colombia - Popayán on 1 Nov., then onto San Augustin, Cali, Santa Marta, Palomino, Tayrona, Cartagena, Medellín, Salento, Bogotá. Fly from Bogotá to New York on 6 Dec.
Ecudaor - Cuenca on 16 Oct., then onto Quilotoa, Cotopaxi, Quito, Lago Agrio.
Peru - Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lima; then arrive in Ayacucho on 27 March to begin 6 months volunteering. Leave Ayacucho 15 Sept. to go to Cuzco and Machu Picchu, then head north to Huaraz, Trujillo and Máncora.
Chile - Arrive Santiago 8 March, head north to Valparaiso, La Serena, San Pedro de Atacama and Iquique.
Argentina - Salta in mid Feb, then head south for 2 weeks to Cafayate, Tucuman, Mendoza, Bariloche and El Bolson.
Bolivia - New Years in Oruro, then Lake Titicaca, Sorata and La Paz. Back to Sucre in mid Jan to spend four weeks doing Spanish lessons. Oruro for Carnaval in mid Feb.
Bolivia - arrive in La Paz 18 Dec.; Salar de Uyuni; Christmas in Sucre; Potosi; New Years in Oruro.
Costa Rica - arrive San Jose, travel around country for 9 days, fly out to Bolivia on 17 Dec.
Guatemala - arrive Antigua 20 Nov.; then onto Lago Atitlan, Xela, Lanquin, Biotopo Del Quetzal; fly to Costa Rica from Guatemala City on 8 Dec.
Honduras - arrive on the Bay Islands 14 Nov.; then onto Copan Ruinas.
Belize - sailing trip from Caye Caulker to Placencia.
Guatemala - arrive in Flores 7 Nov., visit Tikal.
Mexico - arrive Mexico City 6 Oct.; then onto Guanajauto, Puebla, Oaxaca, Mazunte, Huatulco, Tuxtla, San Cristobal, Palenque.
USA - arrive in San Francisco 13 Sept.; 3 week road trip including Yosemite, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Zion, Californian coast; depart San Francisco 6 Oct.
Italy - arrive in Naples 7 Sept.; stay in Sorrento and Maratea; depart 12 Sept.