Questions We’re Always Asked

We get asked a lot of questions about our round the world motorcycle trip – and we absolutely love answering them! Here’s the most frequently asked questions we get… 

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Questions We’re Always Asked About Our RTW Motorcycle Trip

As we’ve been on the road for some time now, we’ve noticed the same questions popping up time and time again. We love sharing info and helping fellow travellers (hence this website!) so we thought we’d jot the most common questions and answers down here. Please feel free to add your own questions in the comments section at the bottom and we’ll add them and the answers to this article. Happy travels!

What’s your favourite country?

Such a hard question and the first question we’re always asked! There’s so many factors involved. Do you mean favourite country for riding? If so, hands down – Tajikistan; there’s nowhere else like it on earth. Riding through the Pamirs is just mind blowing. If you’re talking about culture then Japan… or even Mongolia. Road riding? New Zealand. Oh, but we also love Kyrgyzstan, the US, the people in Indonesia, the food in Turkey… There’s no one country that takes the overall crown. 

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When did you leave?

We left home on January 1st 2018. Unfortunately, we left during the middle of Storm Eleanor, which in hindsight was ridiculous, but we had been putting our trip off so much that we were determined to go. Our first blog post sums up how bad that decision turned out to be…

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When are you going home?

We set off with no timeframe and no return date. At the time of writing this FAQ, we’re at the end of 2023 and left our normal lives behind five years ago. We have been home quite a few times during that time for short breaks and for unforeseen circumstances like when Alissa broke her leg and Covid. 

We reckon we have another five years at least to complete the round the world trip, and then who knows what we’ll do after. Maybe go back round again the other way?

Check out the About page and take a look at our route for more info.

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What inspired you to travel?

We’ve been travelling pretty much full on since we were about 17 years old. We’ve done road trips, hitchhiking, backpacking and motorcycles have always found motorcycles to be the best way to travel. What made us start back then? No idea. We’ve always just wanted to see the world.  

READ MORE: About Us

Don’t your family worry about you?

Yes, of course they do (or at least we like to think so). But they’re used to our lifestyles now. We’ve been travelling a long time before this trip and now we’ve been on the road for over five years so it’s just normal.

We also stay in touch often, with SIM cards and data so easily available the world over, it’s easy to just send a check in message every now and then. 

Why don’t you do YouTube?

Time! We pour all our free time into our website and can’t have both. It was either going to be building an information website to help travellers or just document ourselves and our trip. We chose the website. We did try YouTube at the beginning, but it took way too much time. 

Plus, there are already so many awesome travellers out there producing amazing content on YouTube. It’s a great way to document your adventures. But it’s a lot of work so be sure that you want to dedicate so much of your precious time to it. If it’s something you want to do, here’s a handy guide to help you get started.

READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Vlogging

Are you tired of being on the road for so long?

Sometimes. It can be tiring. There are tough sections, countries, weeks and days. It could be the weather, borders, paperwork, mechanical troubles. But after a while, this all just becomes a part of your daily life. So it’s no more tiring than being at home and living life there.

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Do you get bored?

Honestly? No. Never. There’s always something to do on the road. Our ‘work day’ is riding throughout the day and then we have the evenings off to catch up with family, watch Netflix, do some writing, chat about the day, make plans, set up our tent, cook dinner, drink tea, take a walk…. There’s no time for boredom!

How do you afford it?

We saved for a really long time, we budget very well, live cheap and work a little as we travel. I (Andy) used to be a feature writer for Motor Cycle News (MCN) in the UK before leaving to do this trip, and now I freelance for them writing stories about our adventures as we go while Alissa takes the pictures. There are plenty of ways people earn money while travelling. We’ve explained a lot of options in further detail in the below guide on travelling on the cheap.

How do you budget?

We travel very cheap, live frugally and watch our pennies so we can stretch them as far as possible. But at the same time, it’s important not to miss out on the big things that you want to do either – otherwise what’s the point? So, we’ll take that helicopter ride in New Zealand, we’ll go scuba diving in Borneo etc. 

The trick is balance. So we live cheap and camp, don’t eat out at restaurants for a while, cook our own food etc so we have enough left over in the monthly budget for an event like that – or even just to splash out on a nice hotel for a couple of nights. And then we return to cheap living to recuperate. You’ll find detailed info on how we budget in our how to travel on the cheap guide, and info on how to earn money as you go in the below guide too.

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Is it dangerous?

Depends what you mean by dangerous. If you’re referring to other people, then we haven’t experienced any problems or difficult situations with people on our travels. We’ve had more problems with animals, from a wolf in Kyrgyzstan to a charging bison in the US to a huntsman spider in Alissa’s helmet in Tasmania.

There is danger in riding though. Motorcycles are inherently dangerous and accidents do happen. You need to assess the risk you’re taking before you go.

READ MORE: A Wrong Turn

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How do you stay safe?

There are some dangerous parts of the world where extra caution is needed. We simply research, ask other travellers, look online, ask people on the ground. If a region seems to unsafe to travel through then we’ll go around.

The standard advice is applicable here. It’s important to go with your gut and keep your wits about you. If something doesn’t feel right, then don’t chance it. Don’t ride at night, lock your valuables in cities and towns and always be aware of your surroundings.  

READ MORE: Safety on a Motorcycle Trip

What would you do in an emergency?

After the bad crash Alissa had in Nepal, we’ve since learned the importance of carrying an emergency GPS device and having good insurance! Should the worst happen, we press a little red button on our device and help will be on its way.

READ MORE: Emergency Devices Explained

How do you keep your motorcycle and gear safe?

We started our trip with a big chain and lock, a motorcycle cover, disc lock and pac safe mesh nets to secure our bike to the pannier frame. Today, we only have a cheap bicycle lock and a light lock wire to lock our helmets to the bike if needs be.  

READ MORE: 10 Tips for Motorcycle Security

Do you carry everything on your bike?

Yes. Our entire lives on our bike. We have our kitchen, bedroom, wardrobe, food and water, electronics and everything we need to live on our motorcycles. It was more of a challenge when we were two-up on the Yamaha XT660R, but now we’re on two bikes we have way too much space!

READ MORE: Motorcycle Packing Guides

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How do you do your washing?

When the weather is warm and we’re camping, we’ll try and set up our tent near a stream or river and wash in there. If we’re in hotels we might do a quick wash of a few items in the shower using a scrub bag. If we’re staying somewhere for a while we’ll just use a laundrette.

How do you communicate with locals?

This is a really fun part of travelling. Learning a few words before you enter that country and a huge smile make all the difference. Communication isn’t a problem, but is something quite a few people worry about. Charades, pens and paper, the internet and Google Translate, having pics of things on your phone in an easy access folder makes it easy and fun. Have a read of this guide for more info:

READ MORE: How to Communicate When You Don’t Know the Language

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What do you miss most from home?

Of course, friends and family are first. Then it’s the little things like knowing where you’ll sleep each night, easily accessible and safe running tap water, not having to worry about visas and temporary imports. Then it comes the comforts like crumpets with butter and marmite and a proper British cup of tea.

Where can I find out more about you guys?

Check out our About page, and have a read of the Our Adventures section where we write blogs on all the countries we travel through. Other than that, we post on Facebook. If you have any specific questions, feel free to post a comment on this article or email us. You’ll find our contact details in About. 

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How can I travel and do the same thing?

You can do this too. We built this entire website to help you do so. 

We wrote a dedicated guide called How to Go on a Motorcycle AdventureIt’s an introduction to bike travel. It explains what you need to know, how to prep and what to expect. Once you’ve had a read of that, you’ll find loads more detailed guides for specific areas of bike travel in our Guides section such as riding gear, luggage, packing, adventure motorcycles and much more. 

If you’re looking to go on a round the world trip, then we also have a dedicated Round the World Travel Guides

section too that explains everything you need to know.

We are building this site to be a detailed resource to help you prepare for and go on a motorcycle adventure or even ride around the world. 

But, if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, don’t worry. Just visit our Contact page and send us an email. We’re always happy to help fellow motorcycle travellers.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask us about our trip or motorcycle travel in general, just post in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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