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What better way to see a new place than to take to the open road on a motorbike? Whether with a group or self-guided, the freedom you will enjoy from seeing a city or country from the saddle will allow you to enjoy your trip from a whole new, exhilarating perspective.

But of course, like any vacation, it’s important to be prepared before you set off. Search for competitive bike insurance quotes and do your research on where you would like to go.

Motorbike trips can vary from low-cost camping weekends within your own country or could stretch to a three-week tour somewhere on the other side of the world. Either way, make sure you know what you’re in for.

Learn the lay of the land – is it hilly or flat? Will you be riding on the right or left? These are both important questions you will need to ask before you set off on your two-wheeled holiday and feel the wind in your face.

Plan your route carefully and allow plenty of time for unexpected hold ups, as well as pit stops and breaks. If you are travelling abroad, find out where the best and safest points to stop are and be familiar with local speed limits too.

If you want to cover a lot of kilometres, don’t choose really narrow roads or you won’t get very far. Some countries have designated routes as an alternative to motorways so keep your eyes peeled for these. Having said that, the disadvantages of always finding the fastest route from A to B means you might miss the pleasure of the unexpected.

Obviously you need good maps if you are doing a self-guided tour. Remember, the devil is in the detail and some just plain omit things like T-junctions so find a map that is both reliable and accurate.

If you are carrying your own luggage the whole way, remember you are doing exactly that. Every day. That means you don’t want to be weighed down with unnecessary items and you have to make sure weight is evenly distributed.

If you have a vehicle accompanying you, then lucky you. Not only will you not have to worry about how much you take, but you will also be safe in the knowledge that your belongings will stay dry – but where’s the adventure in that? Some might ask!