Plan Now To Travel Europe By Motorbike This Spring

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Mark your calendar! Your dream Europe trip is fast approaching, and we have good news — you’ll be traveling by motorbike and could spend as little as $3,000 total if you do it right.

Europe By Motorbike

A lot of people have a big dream to travel Europe one day. Change “one day” to “this spring.” Start planning now and you’ll be flying over the Atlantic in April.

Europe Moto Travel Planning Tips

We caught up with Jacob Laukaitis, a world traveler who just got back from touring the Balkan States on a motorbike, for a few tips to get you in the saddle this spring.

Ask Off Work

Right now, set a concrete date range for your trip, like April 8th – April 23nd for example. Once done, tell your boss about it. Getting that out of the way early allows you to set savings goals and cement plans. Your dream Europe trip is officially on.

Tara national park in Serbia

Buy Your Flight

Find the cheapest possible flight to any country in Europe and book it. If you’re really feeling ambitious, buy a one-way ticket and worry about the return trip later. With the flight checked off, it’s a lot harder to make excuses and back out.

Airplane over mountains

Learn To Ride A Motorcycle

Instead of being constricted to the Euro Rail, slow taxis, or rental cars, you should experience Europe first-hand on a motorbike.

Ideally, you’ll have this down already, but if not, the time is now. To do so, you’ll need to learn how to ride a motorcycle. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has training programs all over the country.

Learn to drive a motorbike

Find A Motorcycle

To rent a motorbike, you’ll need a valid motorcycle license, a passport, and some cash. In the months leading up to your departure, do some research at HorizonsUnlimited.com or AdvRider.com. You can get some killer deals by renting in advance, like $400/week including insurance.

If you hope to motorbike around Europe for months, then you may look into buying one and then selling it at the end of your trip. Do your research, though, as there’s a bunch of hoops you’ll need to jump through to pull that off.

Motorbike in Europe

Pack Light

Everything you bring will need to be strapped to your motorbike.

“When it comes to packing, be as minimalist as it gets. My item-box was so small that I only took two pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, five t-shirts, one pair of shoes, a jacket, and that’s it,” Laukaitis said.

Tip: Bring along a lightweight hammock for impromptu overnighters.

Packing List for Europe

Flexible Itinerary

“I’d literally decide where I’m going next the night before in my hotel room and whenever I wouldn’t know where to go, I’d simply ask people,” Laukaitis said.

Keep the trip spontaneous and avoid the temptation to map out every stop. It’s okay to have a starting and ending point, but by leaving the middle uncharted you’ll be more flexible and worry less about logistics.

Overlook in Italy

Lodge Smart

Airbnb and Couchsurfing.com are gold when looking for cheap lodging overseas.

“When you’re deciding on your next stop, hop on one of these sites to see if anything is available. Hostels are also cheap and often connect you with interesting people and wild stories,” he said. Don’t discount sleeping outside, too, especially if you brought that hammock.

Meteora in Greece

Eat Local

You’re on vacation, so you should eat well. Keep an eye out for lunch specials, hit up some street food, and try every country’s staple.

Stay budget-minded, though, as food and drink expenses can get out of hand if you’re not careful. Don’t deny the hostel breakfast, don’t drink too much, do go grocery shopping, and try to make meals with other hostel residents.

Guinea Pig for dinner

Realize The Motorbike’s Potential

“It’s so much easier to explore the most interesting places on a motorbike. Mountains, desert, dirt, gravel, you name it. Plus you don’t have to waste time in traffic jams,” Laukaitis said.

Drive through the mountains, such as the Route des Grandes Alpes, and go off-road. Explore what you couldn’t on foot, bus, or rail.

Transfagarasan in Romania

Enjoy The Ride

“When driving a motorbike you feel a part of the whole setting – the mountains, the cities, the deserts, etc,” he said. “You can feel the wind and sun and really appreciate the surroundings more than being inside a car.”

And let’s face it, you’re off from work, overseas, and living your dream:  Don’t fret too much over your budget, your sunburn, a bike repair, or a sore bum.

 

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An Arkansas native, Kyle Nossaman moved to Minneapolis after graduation and joined GearJunkie as an assistant editor and account manager. When he’s not hard charging through the city on his fixed gear bike, you’ll find him mountain biking, running, hiking, snowboarding, cheering on the Razorbacks or adventuring with his wife.
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