Nothing but the road and the country ahead of you, iStock.com/oneinchpunch
There is nothing like getting on a motorbike, feeling the wind in your face and travelling end-to-end through a country or even a continent. During your journey and by the time you finish you’ll have a sense of mental, physical and geographical satisfaction that simply cannot be beat. And of course you can stop off and take a relaxing week’s break in a stunning villa along the way.
TRIP 1: LAND’S END TO JOHN O’GROATS, UK
1400km by road and motorbike of your choice, be it comfy seated modern-day Harley or an old school Triumph, the toe of England to the top of Scotland, is a truly beautiful journey. By the time you’re done you’ll have passed through some of the UK’s most stunning areas: the Cornish coast, Exmoor, the Cotswolds, the Pennines, the Union Canal perhaps, and the gorgeous Great Glen. A journey to remember.
Close to Inverness on the banks of Loch Ness, by the time you and your two-wheeler reach Scotland you’ll need another break at this incredible castle before the last stretch to John O’Groats. Huge, spectacular and historic after living like a Lord here you’ll be ready to end your UK cross-country in style.
TRIP 2: VIETNAM TOP–TO–BOTTOM
Cross Vietnam via the Ho Chi Minh trail and you’ll be riding for an incredible 1600km from Hanoi to near Saigon through a little bit of neighbouring Laos too across truly stunning country. It’s a spectacular journey, and full of history along the way. The trail, which was used to distribute supplies to the Vietcong during the Vietnam War, has been named “one of the great achievements of military engineering of the 20th Century.”
After all that riding you’ll want to do some lounging by the beach so jump a plane from Saigon to nearby Bangkok and head down to the east coast and a boat for Koh Samui. Here indulge at one of the island’s most luxurious beachfront villas with all the mod cons you could possibly need to unwind.
TRIP 3: THE PAN–AMERICAN HIGHWAY
This one, put simply, is the mother of all road trips starting in the US (you’ve just got to ride it on brand new Harley-Davidson or it wouldn’t be the same) and heading all the way down through central and southern America to the end of the line. We’re taking 48,000 kilometres of road between northern Alaska and Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego. You need to take a little detour to get through Panama’s Darién Gap but aside from that you’ll be driving the entire length of the Americas. Result!
When you’ve got to Mexico and Punta Mita you know you’re just about half way through so stop off at this stunning beach resort and take a load off. Chill out in the sauna and spa and enjoy some movies in the home cinema. You’ll be hard pressed to continue the journey.