It's time. You're well overdue for a vacation, and the idea of leaving it all behind and driving off into the sunset is haunting your dreams. Adventure awaits. There's only one problem – with the whole world to choose from, how can you decide what destination is right for your epic motorcycle tour?
Before you resort to spinning a globe, closing your eyes and seeing where your finger lands, here are some pointers for you to consider to help you choose your ultimate road trip location.
What you should consider when choosing your motorcycle tour destination
Travel priorities change depending on who you talk to, and this applies to motorcyclists as well. This means that not every destination will provide you with what you're looking for.
It's important that you figure out what matters to you, and what factors are essential for you to have the adventure you're craving. Asking yourself why you want to travel can reveal which locations might work or note.
Consider these common elements to help you pick out which ones you can't do without for your trip, to help you narrow down your ideal destination for an epic motorcycle tour.
Budget is almost always a consideration for travellers. Understanding what type of tour you can afford is important, as it impacts where you might choose to go to get the most out of your money. Take into account:
- The cost of flights.
- How expensive the country is considered to be.
- Currency exchange.
- How much you'll get out of the tour – you want something that gives you real value for your money.
The history of the route
Do you like discovering stories behind places? If so, it's important that you look for a destination that provides you with a wealth of history for you to enjoy. Choosing the right route allows an insight into the background of a country you might never have experienced, whereas another tour may leave you craving more depth from your journey.
Immerse yourself in culture
Culture is a big part of travel. Meeting people and participating in a different way of life opens your eyes to everyday things you take for granted as well as how strange and beautiful the world is. Even two countries who on the surface may seem so similar, can reveal many differences in culture, such as between America and Australia.
If getting to know the locals and seeing a different perspective on the world matters to you, make sure you choose a tour and destination that immerses you in culture.
A variety of experiences
As much as you may enjoy purring along endless stretches of road, it's likely that you want more from your motorcycle tour than just riding. Finding an option that brings with it a range of experiences ensures that each part of your tour is memorable. Consider:
- Whether potential destinations offer a range of landscapes and scenery to drive through.
- How much road time you'll have each day – if your tour requires long hours on the road it means you'll have less time to stop and enjoy the country itself.
- What range of features you'll find along the tour. Having a mixture of natural wonders, quirky roadside attractions and places to stop and enjoy local food all add to your tour.
The tour company
If you're caught between two potential destinations, you may find that the deciding factor comes down to the tour companies on offer.
Who you choose to guide you along your motorcycle tour can have a massive impact on your enjoyment of it. Make sure your ideal destination is paired with a great company that knows the route inside out. By finding tour guides that are hands on and love the road they travel along, you'll get so much more out of your journey. They'll reveal hidden gems that you'd never get to experience otherwise, and can tailor your tour so that you get exactly what you want out of it.
Why Route 66 is the ultimate destination for an epic motorcycle tour
When you're considering destinations for your epic motorcycle tour, make sure Route 66 is on your list. This highway across America has something to offer everyone, no matter the type of traveller you are. Historic in nature, immortalised in pulp fiction and traversing a diverse landscape, it's the ultimate American road trip.
However, it's not only the national parks and ma and pa diners that make Route 66 such a great option for your motorcycle tour. Many places involve organising visas, which can take a lot of time and effort to sort out. For Australians wishing to spend a short time travelling through America, on the other hand, all you need to do is apply for an ESTA. At minimal cost, and designed to be quick and easy to apply for, it helps reduce the stress involved in organising your tour.
Additionally, if you're wanting to travel with a partner or a friend who prefers the comfort of a car over a motorcycle, Route 66 Tours can accommodate both wishes. On our tours you can choose whether you'd prefer travelling by vehicle or motorcycle, or even jumping in with one a car with one of our great guides so you don't have to worry about driving at all.
If you'd like to find out more about the guided tours we run along Historic Route 66, contact our team today. We can help you create a journey that answers all your travel needs.