What's it cost to travel the world on a motorcycle?

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  1. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    So I've been following some blogs of people traveling around the world on motorcycles, and got to wondering what it costs. Obviously there are big swings from one country to another with currency conversions, etc. but just talking about a monthly average, traveling on the cheap. Hostels, camping, eating one "real" meal a day, and of course a healthy beer budget.

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  3. DADODIRT

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    I remember Simon and Lisa talking about the costs at a Horizons Unlimitted Meeting a few years ago. Simon is on here somewhere.......
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  4. Desert Scoundrel

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    I figured it would cost $100k if you already had a bike that was ready to go. Probably do it off half that if you did it really really cheap. The carnet is a pricey piece of paper that has to be purchased. Planning your route to minimize shipping costs is a huge deal too. $3k-$4k to ship across an ocean is a fairly normal price. I figured that if you have to ship the bike atleast 3 times depending on the route you take.
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  5. modette

    modette TrailTaker.com

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    I'm no expert but I think you could do it for less then $100K if you camp. In most of the world you can pitch a tent anywhere. Heck even in Europe you can find enough remote areas no one would give a second glance. Of course food can vary too, I like eating good stuff so I probably spend $$$$$ on the food part alone...LOL

    Yeah shipping could be a lot, best to probably sell the bike at the end instead of shipping it back. But then again if your writing a book or something you will want the bike. Hard call to make on that. I count 1 crossing for sure...but if I did it I would want to do Australia... Mediterranean there are fairy's like between Morocco and Spain still cost money but I don't count it as a shipping as your with the bike and its not $3,000.

    Looking at the atlas it be a fun trip. If you ever do and need to go through Iran let me know...got a couple of very wealthy Iranian friends who's parents could help out as to save passage.
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  6. MeterPig

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  7. syaufu

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    actually ,shipping isn't too bad..shipped from Houston to London on a ship..about $800..shipped LA to New Zealand..$600..flying a bike gets to be in the $1000's ..did Calgary to Munich via air..$3700 round trip..just priced out Houston to Columbia SA..about $900..didn't do it ..rented instead..so shipping isn't quite as onerous as it may seem if you can be without your bike for awhile..fuel can be alot even on a motorcycle ..Turkey we paid over $12.00 / gal..spent over $130/ day for 2 bikes..just returned from Columbia SA..1 KLR 650..1 BMW 650 single ..we spent about $50 - 70/day..food is usually pretty reasonable around the world if you stay out of the nice places and eat local foods..lodging can be from 0 to $3-400/ nite ..depends upon your comfort level..All in all I think even on a very tight budget ..counting in repairs, tires, broads, beer..it would be hard to do it on much less than $75 to $100/ day over a yrs time..not much fun if you are constantly broke..but then working isn't much fun either..was in Iran about 1 yr ago ..not too expensive ..great place with wonderful people..only a few countries require carnets and you get most of your money back if you take your bike back out of the coutry when you leave..the cost is the fee for the company that issues the document ..bj
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    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    When I was more seriously planning a RTW trip, I was looking at $20-25k all in, including shipping, air fare, food, gas, expected amount of tires and other consumables, etc. Most was ate up on hotels, shipping, and flights.
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  9. eakins

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    camping, couchsurfing https://www.couchsurfing.org and posting blogs/RR so people can and will follow you and offer up lodging when you pass through are the 3 ways to save a ton of money.

    once you leave the US heading south things get cheaper but some countries in SA are $$$.
    eating like the locals (fresh produce, markets, food stands) is how you also save $.

    many then work online various ways to make additional $.
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    Carnet
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnet_de_Passage
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  11. Sir Denis Eton-Hogg

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    You'd also need to consider medical insurance and - if you are going through very remote areas - some kind of evacuation insurance.
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  12. MeterPig

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  13. eakins

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    i asked most every thru rider I meet in mexico and none had it.
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  14. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    I highly recommend medical evac insurance. Several options there.

    Eight and a half months in SA cost me about forty grand, but almost 5k of that was due to vandalism to the bike and a need to repair it rapidly. Another couple thousand shipping the bike from Panama to Bogota and later from Bogota to Miami. Did no camping and definitely could have done some other things a lot cheaper.

    A Carnet isn't required in NA or SA but is in many other countries.

    Simon and Lisa said they were traveling the world for about 30K a year and found work along the way. Chris and Erin Rattay spent four years on two bikes around the world for less than they had been paying to live at home with a mortgage.

    A Spaniard I met in Central America was going around the world on the super cheap--sleeping in airports and on the ground like a bum whenever he could.

    Find a HorizonsUnlimited.com travelers meeting somewhere and go to it. All these topics are covered.
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  15. airjammer

    airjammer Montana, SLC, Grand Junction, currently Houston

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    This is a great thread. Great topic.
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  16. Pablo83

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    You can get by without an Carnet, but you might have to avoid some countries or pay extra bribes. Fishfund (Luke) and Nick traveled across Africa without one even though most everyone said it would be required:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=653492

    Somewhere in that thread is his budget for the trip. I seem to remember it being $25,000 but I could be really wrong on that. It's probably a good read for someone who wants to travel extensively on a low budget.
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  17. alexem

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    I asked Erik Peters :

    http://motorradreisender.de/


    after one of his shows, he told me that he needs per months 1000,- euro / 1300,-$ for fuel, food, hotel, camping.
    no transport charges included.

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    He told me also, that when he flew from germany to mexiko with airberlin ( german airline ) that his bike was handled as personal luggage.
    Advantage no customclearence , no extra handling, faster then seafreight but seafreight is only less cheaper.....

    I don´t know if this service is also provided for amercicans............

    If you want details, send me a pm.
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  18. WilderRider

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    You know there is a whole trip planning section on advrider, right? Lots of budget answers there.

    FWIW,I am almost done having gone three months to Panama and back. I was right about $2,000/mo. No bike shipping, etc. And no camping. I could have shaved $500 /mo without working too hard. But the point was to have a good time. The single biggest costs were lodging. The cheapest was $7.50 and the most was $83(but that was in Texas just this week).
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  19. eakins

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    i'd say the HUBB http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/ has even more info and people doing the RTW thing but yes the trip planning is good here too.

    I enjoyed your RR thread! like you said, you had more of a semi-luxury vaca trip than a pure RTW budget conscious trip.

    people like
    jay http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=556240
    or fletch http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=735281
    do it on less budgets by couchsurfing, camping & staying w/ people to save on the lodging budgets. hoteling every night blows through $ faster.

    not that people don't do it $$$ like these 2
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=813572
    they must have sold there house for a good bit as they don't seem too concerned about expense.

    then there are examples of people touring and working plus examples of people doing it unreal dirt cheap.
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