So, it looks like I will be getting a six week block of vacation in 2019, it will be pretty much up to me when in 2019 I take it, and I'm trying to decide where to go. I might add some personal time along with it, but my trip time will probably be a max of four weeks total. The trips I'm considering are Alaska, Ecuador, Himalayas, or SE Asia. Any recommendations on one over any of the others? It's my first real "ADV" trip, although I have visited and rode my motorcycle in Baja. There's a pretty good chance I can convince a friend of mine to go with me, so it probably wont be a solo trip. I'll be traveling from the East Coast. This is what I'm thinking: Alaska: I've always wanted to visit, and for a first ADV trip staying in N. America might be a little easier. My options are to either buy a motorcycle (Vstrom? KLR? DR?), ship it to Seattle, fly in and ride. At the end of 3 or 4 weeks I can bring the bike to Tucson and store it here until 2020, which I may get another six week block of vacation, and then I can go on a Baja/mainland Mexico ride. My other Alaska option would be to fly in and rent a KLR for two weeks. I have been reading as many AK RR's that I can find, and I've ordered 'The Adventurous Motorcyclists Guide to Alaska". I haven't really started planning anything specific yet. Ecuador: I have heard a ton of great things about "Freedom Bike Rental" in Quito. They seem like they would make the trip very easy. I would fly in, and depending on my travel partners, do either a guided or self guided tour, about two weeks plus or minus a few days. Having read a number of "From xxxx to TDF" ride reports here, I would love to see S. America. My wife also would love to see the Galapagos, so at the beginning or end of the trip she might fly in to join me for a few days for a trip to the islands. Himalayas: Royal Enfield does a guided trip through the Himalayas every year, called the Himalayan Odyssey. It leaves from Delhi and travels up into the Himalayas for 18 days. I would love to see the Himalayas, and this seems like a pretty user-friendly way to do it. The only downside is that it's usually a big group, I think the 2017 ride had 40+ people. 90% of them are from India, which would make for quite an experience, and the riders break up into smaller groups naturally, but still, that's a ton of people. SE Asia: My friend who went to Baja with me, and will most likely join me on this trip, really wants to go to Thailand. I just read an article about renting motorcycles in Thailand, I think in Rider Magazine, and it sounds pretty amazing. This would probably be the shortest trip, maybe a week on the bikes, and then a week on a boat or in a beachfront bungalow with our wives. Also an option is Vietnam, I've seen a few RR's on here about Vietnam, and a friend and coworker of mine (AZHobo) just got back from a month in Vietnam. Vietnam is probably the cheapest option of all of them, although the Himalayas would also be pretty cheap. Ultimately I will probably do all of these trips in some form or another, it's just a question of which one first. The biggest issue is the use of time. If I have four weeks, then it seems like the best use of time is Alaska, because all the other trips seem like they can be done in a 1-2 week time frame, and Alaska seems like the more time you've got, the better. If I do that, then I'll have to buy a bike and ship it, because renting for anything more than two weeks is cost prohibitive. That does kind of lock me into Baja/Mexico for 2020, because my bike will already be staged in AZ. I'm interested in starting a discussion and hearing opinions on this subject from people who have done any or all of these trips. Thanks!