Inspiration: Big Trip

3 tips for adventure riding

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Regardless of the weather. If you’re looking for an adventure, whatever the time of year, it could be just three quick steps away. We asked the experts at GlobeBusters to give us a lightning-quick guide to escaping on two wheels and they came up with a quick guide for adventure travel.

1. Budget

Ah yes, that ugly part of the equation that can stand between a life well lived and the daily commute. If money is tight why not look at somewhere that’s cheap to stay or suitable to camp and doesn’t have extra costs, like freighting your bike? Some of the best adventures can be less than 100km away from your own backyard. In the UK, the Scottish Highlands are often a road less travelled, while the Pyrenees are within easy reach of most of mainland Europe and offer a great mix of riding, both tarmac and dirt.

It’s also worth considering how far your dollar will go. Right now, riding your bike in South Africa is much cheaper than Iceland, while certain countries – possibly those outside the Euro zone, like Turkey – are relatively cheap on a day-to-day basis.

The Pyrenees make for great touring most of the year

2. Weather

If you fail to think ‘right place, right time’ you could end up wasting your hard-earned cash and time because some destinations are simply not viable at certain times of the year.

The Atlas Mountains in Morocco can be snow-bound if you leave it too late in the year, while the Andes suffer from heavy rains from January right through to March. If in doubt check out the route on accuweather.

Riding motorcycles in morocco
Some routes can be impassable, don’t forget to check!

3. Time

Perhaps the one thing we can’t get enough of, but you’ll be surprised to discover that having loads of it isn’t as important as you might think when it comes to the ride of a lifetime.

If you only get a couple of weeks off work, look closer to home or check out long-haul destinations and bike hire. If time isn’t an issue, think about a route rather than a destination.

Turkey motorcycle touring

GlobeBusters adventurers Kevin and Julia Sanders are Double Guinness World Record holders for the Fastest Circumnavigation of the World by Motorcycle and the Trans Americas by Motorcycle.