Riding RTW can sound daunting, exciting, scary, and incredibly exhilarating all at once. But if you are in for the long haul, you’ll need different strategies to make your ride as awesome as can be.
So here’s what you need to think about before – or during – riding RTW:
It’s impossible to plan for every eventuality. After all, you’re on an adventure ride! But it doesn’t mean that unexpected hurdles or obstacles will break you. Quite the contrary. If you’re prepared to be flexible and adapt to ever-changing cultural, weather, terrain, and road conditions, if you can change plans without getting disappointed, and adjust routes without feeling robbed of a certain bucket-list destination or must-see place, you’ll be golden.
Going out on weekend rides, where you always return to the comfort of your home, is one thing, and riding RTW, quite another. You live off your motorcycle, ride almost daily, you are often pushed way out of your comfort zone and you need to face everything head on. Add varying cultures and languages, border bureaucracy, and crazy traffic, and it can get overwhelming sometimes. Travel fatigue is real!
The biggest mistake is ignoring it. This can quickly lead to a burnout. Instead, listen to yourself and if need be, simply stop and rest once in a while. Get a nice AirBnB on the beach and chill, park your bike for a week and go on a jungle tour, take language or diving classes, or fly a friend in and go hiking.
Switching it up once in a while can do wonders for morale!
Redefining Your Goal
A year or two into your trip, you might find yourself wanting more. The ride in itself just isn’t enough anymore, and that’s only natural. Riding RTW can become routine, just like your “regular” life at home. After the first six months or so, the initial high of being on the road subsides, you get used to traveling and begin looking for new ways to stay excited about your trip.
Many riders take up photography, vlogging, or writing to breathe some new life into their travels. Others begin working remotely to feel they are still making an impact (or to replenish a dwindling travel budget!). Some stop and volunteer once in a while.
Having a new purpose that aligns with your travels can bring a whole new perspective and dimension to your ride!