THE 6 DOCUMENTS YOU CAN NOT FORGET FOR A MOTORBIKE TRIP

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Having all your documents in order is one of the very important parts before starting a travel around the world. Specially if you plan to travel with motorbike or by car before to leave your country there are 6 basic documents you must have with you. Once you have them all we recommend you to scan those papers, print a copy to carry always with you (you can present many of them during the travel in step to show the originals) and also keep a copy to your email or iCloud. 1. PASSPORT The main and more important facts for your passport is to be valid (usually at least for 6 months as it demanded for many countries). Of course it must be original and depending of how many countries you plan to visit it must have free pages and space for stamps and visas. Your nationality will make your passport work easier or not with the tramits and possibilities to visit more countries. 2. VISAS The visas is temporary permit to stay in a foreign country. It depends of your own country if you require visa or not. I was traveling with my Macedonian Passport and the process to get visas was quite more difficult and tricky than it was for Manu with Spanish passport, but at the end we get the same doors opened. If you really want to visit certain country and your first answer in the embassy is that you can not get the visa I recommend you to insist until you can get to talk face to face with the consul, the person who really can understand your story and the point of your visit to their country, and who can accept you request. Some visas you must to apply previously in a…

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRAVELING BY MOTORCYCLE OR CAMPERVAN

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] We already have been traveling with the van for a week, enough to realize about those first impressions and differences with our previous trips on motorcycle. 1. MORE SPACE We have much more space to carry equipment, so we can add more activities and hobbies to the trip. Much more accessories for photography, for outdoor activities, to carry tools with which we can again work with our crafts, utensils to paint, to cook… 2. ECONOMICALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT We can improvise a small shop anywhere to sell handicrafts, shirts, photographs, coffee... and then to be possible enjoy a trip free of sponsors, which is always much more magic. 3. MORE PROTECTION More protected: certainly the winter in the mountains, the wind in the deserts or the torrential rains in the jungles will be much easier to deal with. Although we will miss the personal challenges of going through places like this on a motorcycle, we can now spend more time in these remote regions and explore the planet with more details. 4. FINDING SOLUTION WHEN BREAKING DOWN Breakdown: when the bike broke down we could wait until some truck or pickup pass and put the bike on it to take us somewhere to fix it. When the van will stop working, which with a 30-year-old engine that will surely happen often, it will be necessary to be ingenious to get it back on the road again. 5. MORE INDEPENDENT We are more independent: we can transport many more supplies, water and food, and also our own bed, studio for work, workshop... 6. BETTER FOOD Better food: the days of bread and cans of tuna from motorcycle trips are over. Now our diet can include seeds, beans, fruits, vegetables ... and the cooking is much more colorful. 7. NO RUSH There…

REPAIRING A DAMAGED MOTORCYCLE IN ALASKA WITH INTERNET

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] The Cassiar highway is a scenic route through some of the most isolated areas in Canada, when we decided to choose this route in our way to Alaska we knew that every small problem with our bike could be a drama, we crossed our fingers hoping everything will be fine but then it happens. The bike stop working when we were leaving from Steward, the region where there is a highest concentration of grizzly bears in the world. 5 km away from this little town in the deep of an immense forest the motorbike stopped and showed no sign of life. It was time to quietly push it back to Steward with 2 thoughts in mind, how to avoid bear contact until to arrive to the town and how we will fix that problema in a place with no motorcycle workshops. REMOTE IT´S SYNONYM OF EXPENSIVE This place is not just unique for being home to countless bears but also for its wild nature with fiords, glaciers, forest and rivers. We will never forget how the weather over there can be so extreme and the conditions changes very radically fast. But the real problem now is that in Canada remote it´s synonym of expensive. To cover the expenses of a broken motorcycle and accommodation in a place like that could ruin our budget to keep traveling. ONLY THE SKILLS OF A FISHERMAN WITH THE ENGINE OF HIM MOTORBOAT COULD HELP US When we finally arrived back to the town pushing the bike for 5 km we were happy we met no bear in our path but sad that also was nobody in the streets. It was time to knock in the doors and ask for some help. First we been to the only one gas station and they…

7 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRAVEL ON A MOTORBIKE

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Since our first motorcycle travel experience back in India in 2011 we were in love of moving in two wheels to the point that we continue traveling for years with our motorcycle around the world. The feeling of freedom, the moments to visit some incredible places, to meet the locals from close, to be alone in a eternal road from a remote land, to feel the cold, the sun burning your face and the power of the wind fighting with you. To get friend with the nature and learn to respect it. All this experiences make me addicted of this way of life. That’s why i think motorcycle is really one of the best way to explore the world, I really recommend to everyone at least once to try. Why? 1. Freedom Once you hit the road in your bike you feel like you got everything you need. You can plan your own day as you like, you can stop in any place and in any time, for a coffee, snack or just for to enjoy some breathtaking view.  You can choose by yourself the road you want to take. There is a complete feeling of freedom when you are traveling on motorcycle and there is not plan. 2. Living minimalistic The life on the road on two wheels is teaching you to leave minimalistic. You learn to leave and be happy with basic things. You don´t have to spent time for thinking what to wear, the options are very few. Same when we talk about what to eat. You eat what you could bring in your tiny luggage or what you will find on the road. You forget that stressful routine and you will become a more relaxed person who enjoy small things. 3. An unique way…

10 TIPS FOR LONG TRIPS

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Me and Manu are traveling since we met each other, literally from the first day and that is almost 10 years. After all this time traveling we could learn a lot and in this article we want to share with you some of the best tips we think you should practice to enjoy another country culture while traveling. 1. Meeting local people You can make friends with other travelers from time to time, but locals are always around ready to help you, show you their life and tell you where are the best places to visit. The language is almost never a problem. You will find than a basic English or Spanish it will helps all over around the world. If not, you can use some body language and even the conversation will be more interesting and funny. 2. Take a lots of photos Take many photos from the places you visit and people you meet so you will always remember those experiences. The photos are the best souvenir you can have from each place, specialy if like us you traveling by motorbike and you have no much room for to carry any other. 3. Be Positive, always is possible Often many people were telling us that something we wanted to do would be imposible, but then we gota n extra motivation to proof them they were wrong. Believe yourself and in your skills, if at the end you couldn´t reach your travel goal it doesn´t matter, at least you try it. 4. Say HELLO  First you should do when arriving to new country is to learn few basic words from local language, words like “Hello” and “Thanks”. When you meet new people in new place have a eye contact and smile, then say hello in their language…

14 TIPS FOR TRAVELING ON A MOTORBIKE

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Traveling by motorcycle is everytime the dream of more and more people who want to travel feeling the wind in their faces, without depending on organized tours and mainly to experience this kind of freedom that only motorcycle allows. However most of this people don´t dare to start this motorcycle trip because the think there are too many risks around it, too expensive or because they think they don´t have enough experience riding bikes. Well, let´s start saying that we managed to make that dream come true and before we started we even didn´t know how to drive a motorcycle. More than 4 years later we completed a journey around of the world visiting 69 countries spread across all continents. If you have in mind to jump into a motorcycle trip this are the tips that we want to share with you: 1. Light luggage You will change the house for a motorcycle and everything you can take will be reduced to what fits in a couple of suitcases. Learn how to leave things behind and focus only on what is necessary, especially with clothes: less is better. 2. Emergency supplies It takes little space and if the time comes when you need them better have them with you: first aid kit, matches, whistle, emergency blanket, energy bars, lantern, and some medicines for infections. 3. Quick check of the motorbike every morning Surely if we do not have any idea about mechanics at least check the level of the oil, that the air filter is clean, that the chain is oiled and the pressure of the wheels. 4. Take a look at the weather forecast the night before Knowing what conditions you will face the next day will be essential to successfully complete the stage, especially if you…

PROS AND CONS FOR COUPLES LONG TRIPS

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Before Manu and I met we were dedicating our time to travel the world. I had a trip through North America where I spent several months sometimes working and sometime in the road with friends. Manu had already spent 3 years in South America where he traveled alone. Then we met on the beaches of Mykonos where we worked as street vendors selling our handicrafts. We were both passionate about traveling and we both had chosen this job to be able to make some income in the summer so we could travel the rest of the year. Sharing that alternative lifestyle it was normal that we end up together. Since then almost 10 years have passed and in this time we have not stopped visiting new countries. Together we hitchhiked as backpackers, hike, move on airplanes, boats, trains, buses and finally our epic journey traveling around the world on a motorcycle for more than 4 years. But traveling as a couple has its pros and cons, and after spending together literally 24/7 for so long we can say we know a little about it. PROS You're never alone. Life is better when you have someone to share things in a journey: food, opinions, love,happiness, sadness, smiles,hug, stress .... everything. When I was felling homesick I feel that I have always the support and a very close person next to me with who I can share my feelings   When one of us was sick always has a help from the other person. We never been sick in same time. I use to be more friendly to the people and I always go to ask for place to sleep or any help on the road. The people trust more to one small girl than to one big and usually dirty…

THIS IS WHY WE NEED A TRAVEL INSURANCE

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] When we started to travel we though it was enough to have a strong backpack and a good pair of shoes, but after years of traveling the world we learned that insurance is something we want to have with us when we are out there. No matter how far you go or how long time you are going to spend in your trip, get a travel insurance. A day hospitalized in the United States can cost over $ 4,000 and an ambulance brings you to the hospital will be almost $ 1,000. But do not think that only in the United States will medical expenses be increased, a fall with an injury in Mexico will cost you more than $ 14,000 or a broken leg in Thailand would reach $ 25,000. Before our big travel project we were thinking it wasn´t smart to spent money on it, luckily we never need it even when our trips involve many risks and adventures, but once we decide to travel on motorcycle we were well advised by friends and other travelers so this time we change our mind in the last moment we got an insurance. Think this way, if you can afford to travel you must to keep in mind that a part of your budget must go for the travel insurance always. The same way when you buy a new car and you know you will make an insurance for it. You also have an insurance for your home then why not to insure your travel?  HAVE A LOOK TO THE IATI INSURANCE PRICES, ALSO THE READERS OF OUR BLOG WILL HAVE A 5% DISCOUNT WHEN CONTRACTING FROM THIS LINK For just around 15 € you can travel a week in Europe and for less than 30 € in…

9 REASONS WHY MILLENNIALS TRAVEL MORE ON MOTORCYCLES

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] If you a a young guy probably you think that It seems news media want you to believe that today the world is much more dangerous than ever before, also that the financial system wants you to sign a loan from an early age because they say this is the best way to get a future or even you feel how the society insists on telling that traveling for pleasure for long time is just a way to throw your time and money in a garbage bin. Yeah, generally long journeys are not very much promoted, but still like that why Millennials can be considered the most traveling generation in history? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEikk8k9PXY&t=35s   People like us who love traveling on motorcycle and enjoy following the experiences from others travelers have realized that there are a growing number of young people who left everything behind and decide to travel around the world without a limit of time, even when they haven´t achieved economic and professional stability. What happened to emerge this tendency which many middle-class young people are choosing as lifestyle? Surely our personal story can help to find an explanation for that question. These are our conclusions: It´s Peace times. The wars of the 20th make people to travel because of the necessity of finding better place where to live and work, while the peace agreements between countries of the 21st century allowed us to have the option of traveling for pleasure. We went from emigrants to tourists, and in the best case to travelers The access to information through the internet definitely helped to open the minds of many people about the idea they got for our planet, first inviting them to question if really everything is so dangerous at the other side of the borders as…

7 OPTIONS TO SLEEP FOR FREE DURING YOUR TRAVEL

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text] At the beginning of our travel we had to look for alternative way of sleeping like in the house of locals, camping or in religious temples because of our economical situation. Big dreams but small budget so we couldn´t afford hotels. Later on we discovered sleeping in this way doesn’t means only saving a lot of money, it´s also getting rich in experiences and friends. Another reason for us to choose a different kind of place to pass the night everyday was to don´t get crazy, if you are a couple who is traveling on a single motorbike for more than 4 years at the end of the day the last thing you need is to spend the night alone in a room. In this article we are sharing 8 different different kind of accommodation while you are traveling: Outdoor free camping. we could open our small tent enough just for two of us in some of the most special sceneries of the world. We did free camping mostly in North America and in deserts like the ones we found in Namibia, Baja California or Australia. Religious temples. The buddhist temples In South East Asia become our home and spiritual retreat during the travel. We found easy to be accepted for the monks and very comfortable place to rest after the long day travel by the dusty and hot roads. We could learn about their way of practicing this philosophy of life, about meditation and finding balance between our body and mind in a momento when we were really tired, and also the monks always invited us for very delicious food. In India was slept in the Hindhu temples and in Africa we use to be with the old missioners of the Christian churches. We are not much…