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Old 04-24-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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Planning a RTW or other BIG adventure

When planning a RTW or another big adventure how do you plan? Do you try to cover every detail (carnet, visa's, shipping etc.) as best you can before you leave or do you tackle the adventure as it unfolds?
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:05 AM   #2
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Unless you wanna be stuck at borders for days, refused entry into some countries, pay way over the odds for shipping, you're gonna have to do some research and planning.

I outlined a basic route - which for me was a circle, posted it on here for input and suggestions and then started making adjustments accordingly I love this stuff :) Then I spent a fair bit of time working with Mapsource and my Garmin uploading routes.

The rest of it, tent, bag, luggage, clothes, blah blah I already had but I still used it as an excuse to do a shakedown trip (long weekend to Slovenia),

Again, this site proved to be invaluable with suggestions as to the practicalities of travel - issues with credit cards, availability of ATMs, that sort of thing.

Which is exactly what I did for my 5 weeks in the US. I made a lot of boxes, got them all ticked, and left :)

And then I maintained enough flexibility to make alterations as I went., as well as to cope with the unexpected.

The only regret I had/have is that I didn't have more time.

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Old 04-29-2014, 12:16 AM   #3
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On our recent 77 day ride from Los Angeles to Ushuaia we only had two things booked in advance......our departure date and our loading date at the sail boat to get around the Darien. Other than those two we winged it all the way.
The biggest preparation was the bikes, lots of work and thought went in to that.

We've done long trips when we booked a KOA in a different location for every single night for 70 nights.

Whatever works for the way YOU are.

Lately, if the bikes are ready we have taken to just GOING and taking each night as it comes. It helps to stop 3pm...if you don't have a reservation.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:47 AM   #4
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My case

well if I wanted to do a RTW trip I would not make too far if I wing it, why? I am Mexican and I get ask for visas in many countries, hey even a trip to Alaska I would run into Canada and I need a visa for that, also if I did the Mexico Argentina trip, well Peru and Brazil want visas, and some countries do not allow on the spot visa application (Canada, for example).

So that is my case, what about yours? If you are from a first world country, maybe you will be have more visa free countries.

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Old 04-29-2014, 01:45 PM   #5
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So that is my case, what about yours? If you are from a first world country, maybe you will be have more visa free countries.

Depends on the relationships the concerned countries have. After 911 fiasco the US tagged a big fee on lotsa visa including Chilean visas. Chile got pissed and did like wise. Besides the visa costs for US citizens and once in Chile going through customs they tag you for a $100 "cash" entrance fee. It's good for multiple entries for a year but still...dayum. I was there on business and the company new about it and fronted the money but if you didn't know about it in advance it can be a game changer. Do your homework "before" you travel.
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