Hi All - Brit Down Under
Mike here, I’ve been following this site on and off for the last 5 years dreaming of my own bike trip and now that it looks like I might (almost) actually be in a position to do it I thought I would introduce myself and put my loose plans out there and welcome any advice, comments, tips or just general banter.
So my situation is I’m a Brit living/working in Aus for the last couple of years and with my job coming to an end over here I’ve decided its the right time to just go for it…these are my very loose plans so far:
Buy a suitable bike over here, start at Brisbane and basically do the big lap in around 3 months, the direction dependent on the time of year. Camping as much as possible and basically getting my eye in, in relatively comfortable surroundings.
The majority of this is still to be worked out however it involves shipping the bike from Brisbane to South America (Peru maybe?) travelling right to the bottom then back up into central and North America and eventually Canada (time and funds allowing).
These are the sticking points I’ve found so far:
1) I’m struggling to find any information about travelling with an Aussie registered bike with a UK passport?
2) Whether or not I’ll need a Carnet for South/Central America (I’ve read a lot of conflicting information) and if so whether it’s a problem having an Aussie Carnet and UK passport?
Like I say very loose, but I’m sure it has all been done before so can be worked out.
All input or even just a hello would be appreciated.
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