Exciting times - spoke to my boss the other day about taking 12 weeks off next summer and his response wasn't "haha you must be joking", but instead "so where are you going?".
The answer is, hopefully, the USA.
Will be shipping my own bike (2009 XT660Z). Not interested in the debate over whether it's cheaper to buy or rent over there, taking my bike is important enough to me that I'm prepared to pay the air-freight, so we can keep the lid firmly on that can of worms
Rough itinerary is to fly to the Eastern seaboard (or eastern Canada), Trans-Am Trail East to West, then back across to where I started via whatever route seems interesting and putting the bike back on a plane.
So some good news for me, bad news for you lot as it means I'm going to be asking lots of dumb questions
First one, which I haven't seen answered anywhere is: How far in advance are people booking air freight? Minimum, maximum, and 'optimum' (cheapest!).
What I'm trying to figure out is when I need to commit to specific dates - I'm going to need to put in a slightly more formal request for the time off at some point soon. All I've said so far is "12 weeks, some time between May and September". If I know when I'll have to commit to specific dates, I can score some brownie points for being "flexible to suit business needs"
. Besides, I haven't really made my mind up which end of that window suits my purposes yet, but we'll pretend it's all for the benefit of my employer
- Anything else other than flights that might need to be sorted out months in advance?
- The general opinion seems to be that flying into Canada is cheaper/easier. Can anyone who's done it in the last couple of years give me a feel for what sort of % saving it might be? Perfectly open to the idea, but given my first destination is Tennessee, it would need to be weighed up against fuel and tyre cost of the extra distance. Obviously the answer is eventually going to be "phone up some freight companies", but just looking to get a rough idea to start with.