If you can’t take off for months to roam the world on your bike, fly and ride is your next best bet. Trouble is, motorcycle rentals can be pricey, and flights aren’t always cheap, either. Still, there are several tricks to keep the costs low.
Choosing Your Destination
Do you absolutely have to go to Peru, or would you quite happily ride Bolivia or Ecuador instead? Does it necessarily have to be Italy, or could you have an awesome time enjoying Croatia instead? Shop around for motorcycle rentals in neighboring countries of your most desired destination. More often than not, you might find better bike rental deals just next door.
Going Off Season
While some bike rental companies operate year-round, others have seasons, and off-season prices are usually a little lower. See if you can go during a slow month or period.
Get Your Buddies to Come
Some motorcycle companies offer group discounts, and it’s always easier to ask for deals when you’re in a group. Get your friends on board, and start shopping around.
Sites like Kayak, Momondo, and Skyscanner are great for comparing flights. You can save up to 50% on international flights if you’re flexible with the date – it just takes time and patience to search the biggest flight comparison flights for the best offers.
Flying In Your Gear
Surprisingly, checked luggage can add quite a chunk of money to your total flight price. If it’s a 12-hour transcontinental flight to some remote corner of the earth, flying in your gear might not be the best option, but if it’s something like 6 or 7 hours, you can absolutely survive in your riding suit and your boots. Not only will it save money, but you’ll also be able to make the connections quicker if all you’ve got is a carry-on.
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