I’m looking to start planning for my first international ride. But where do I begin? I’m thinking I am about 12-18 months from actually starting my trip, but honestly I am just taking the first steps to convert a wild idea in my head to something real. What I think I know: 1. I think I want to go to Mongolia or eastern Russia. The remote and extreme landscapes along with the tribal peoples really intrigues me. This interest is mainly because I have watched a lot of travel documentaries and it looks cool, I can’t say I’ve really researched too much of it yet, so truthfully, the destination is still flexible 2. I think I want to fly and rent a bike locally. I would love to take my KTM 1190R with me, but shipping costs seem prohibitive, and I don’t want to be searching for expensive parts in a third world country if something breaks. I am also trying to convince a couple friends to come with so I need to look for ways to make it affordable to them as well. 3. I would like the trip to be 2–3 weeks max. My work schedule probably won’t allow any more time than that away. Also, cost is a factor again Things I have no idea about: 1. How do you go about organizing travel? Renting bikes where? Do all shops have a website or do I just show up to a town and say I want a bike? What kind obviously depends on where I am. Should I bring tools? Would you recommend bringing tents and camping, or just getting hotels? 2. Visas and Carne’s (spelling) what’s that process like? Cost? Timeline? 3. Cost. Any ballpark ideas on how much a trip like this would cost? These are the big questions I have, and hundreds more that I am sure I will ask later. I’m an experienced rider, and I’ve ridden all over North America. I have travelled to a few other western/English speaking countries but never something like this and never on a bike. So where does a first time trip planner start? If there is some magical one stop shop thread I missed, feel free to link it. Thanks for your help!