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Do your trips seem ridicuously unrealistic until after you start them?

I'm supposed to go around S.America, I've spent 3 months researching it, buying the necessary gadgets and equipment, asking countless silly questions on the HUBB, packing and repacking the same bag over and over again trying to get it perfect, doing hours of research on the legality and most of all, getting my full UK license (passed a few weeks ago!!). But to be honest, the idea of me navigating around a continent just sounds absolutely absurd! Does anyone else feel like this? It's not that I'm anxious, or feel daunted or anything like that, it's just that the whole idea seems unbelievable! More so, once you started your first big trip, did you find it took a while to settle in? I can imagine the first few days/weeks being a frantic dash to nowhere in particular!?

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Simple answer - yes. And for me settling in take two or three words, up to that point I'm still pinching myself to prove I'm there.

Good luck and enjoy the trip.
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I'm supposed to go around S.America, I've spent 3 months researching it, buying the necessary gadgets and equipment, asking countless silly questions on the HUBB, packing and repacking the same bag over and over again trying to get it perfect, doing hours of research on the legality and most of all, getting my full UK license (passed a few weeks ago!!). But to be honest, the idea of me navigating around a continent just sounds absolutely absurd! Does anyone else feel like this? It's not that I'm anxious, or feel daunted or anything like that, it's just that the whole idea seems unbelievable! More so, once you started your first big trip, did you find it took a while to settle in? I can imagine the first few days/weeks being a frantic dash to nowhere in particular!?
Same here.
Now through in the fact that I will be quitting a nice job when my carreer is supposed to be taking good shape, to make the trip even more unrelistic.
I think once this travel bug is into you, you just have to let it be (if you can obviously)

I also have this feeling I am trying to something I havent been built for! But I really hope this all go away after a couple of weeks on the road

Good luck!
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Doubts will always be there at first ... but as you've figured, once out on the road you'll settle down and get more confident in your ability to survive in a strange land so far away. But things will be very different.

Relax, try to Zen your way into this strange new lifestyle where your bike is your whole life. It's certainly not for everyone.

Asking lots of questions is good (no "silly" questions). But there is nothing like actual experience ... on the bike ... on the road to figure out what works and what does not. Micro analysis regards planning is not productive. Let it lay. Relax. It will all work out.

My advice to MC travel novices is to do a good shake down ride before "the big ride". If you're in UK ... why not pop down to Morocco for a couple weeks? If you're buying a bike in S. America ... well you'll have to wing it.
Don't be in a hurry when selecting a bike.

Once on the road for a week lots will become obvious regards your gear choices, your packing style and most of all ... about the bike its self.

Another way to ease the transition to travel on the bike is to hook up with a riding partner or two. There are always hundreds of riders in S. America. Maybe find a partner(s) here and set up a meeting? Does not have to be forever ... and you should make that clear up front.

Also, you will run into Moto-queros on the road everywhere. The Gringo trail is pretty narrow and riders tend to congregate together at key points.

Good luck, don't sweat the small stuff.

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But your feelings are pretty normal. It will disappear soon you start.


At this time you reach the point where you realize that you can really do it (Paperwork, Visa, verhicle & equipement completet and ready) there comes a moment where you will ask yourself - do i really want to do that? Is it worth to risk my life, a good amount of money, career for that? To leave the save spot i live in?


I think it is an important step, to decide there to do it or not.

You have to try it to find the answer ;-) If you not try it, you have also found your answer.


I read about in many blogs, have it before my africa trip (because of safety issues) - the conculusion is that this feeling will disapears at the latest as you are on the road.


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Before such a big adventure you will be tense and excited. That is normal. You will think "Can i do this? Can i really manage this?"
I am always a little bit sad (because i have to leave my family) and also i look forward to the journey.
Jump over your own shadow and enjoy the trip.
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I'm supposed to go around S.America, I've spent 3 months researching it, buying the necessary gadgets and equipment, asking countless silly questions on the HUBB, packing and repacking the same bag over and over again trying to get it perfect, doing hours of research on the legality and most of all, getting my full UK license (passed a few weeks ago!!). But to be honest, the idea of me navigating around a continent just sounds absolutely absurd! Does anyone else feel like this? It's not that I'm anxious, or feel daunted or anything like that, it's just that the whole idea seems unbelievable! More so, once you started your first big trip, did you find it took a while to settle in? I can imagine the first few days/weeks being a frantic dash to nowhere in particular!?
Yep although the map reading thing was easy it was the rest for me lol
If your not sure about map reading unless using a twat nav, set a short route for you to do over 2 days from your house to a camp sight or B & B & return a diffrent route, will give you the chance to dust off any niggles on the bike & packing, you will probably find you have packed the world & will post loads back home after a while.

give your self a distance to travel i na day with our rushing, as you may have a'cunning plan' but if you get somewhere you might decide to wing it & stay longer
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