Plan your bike trip: overcoming your excuses not to go

Nathan Millward
By Nathan Millward
NateThePostman Round the world adventurer Nathan Millward rode home to the East Midlands from Australia on a 105cc Australian postal bike (he didn’t like flying). He’s since ridden across America to Alaska, writing two brilliant books about the experience.


The easiest thing is to talk yourself out of it. We've all done it. A good way of overcoming that is to just book something in place, be it your flight, ferry or some accommodation that gives you a fixed date and something to now focus towards. Without that date you go around in circles wondering where to start.

Common excuses often relate to time, money, family commitments and poor health. There is never a perfect time to go. There is always something that's going to have to suffer or be compromised due to you being on your trip. The key thing is finding a way around those things. If it's time, then try and make a trip to fit the time you have. If it's money do the same. If it's age or illness then bring the adventure closer to home. Get out there for the day and see how you feel. You might find you can manage better than you thought and build from that.

Family commitments are often the hardest part and the biggest limiting factor to any trip. Try and get family onboard. Explain the importance. Invite them along if they want to come. It's always a tricky one, as just because you've been talked out of doing something doesn't mean to say that desire to do the trip has gone away. You've just grown more resentful.

Fear is also a huge thing to overcome; your own and from other people. It's normal to be nervous. It wouldn't be an adventure if you weren't nervous. But in researching your trip and preparing your bike properly you've done your best to mitigate against that fear. The first few days of any trip are often the hardest – trying to get into a flow. If you feel like that, then try and get through it until you start to feel more comfortable. If you're struggling, try to set shorter goals. Work in increments of distances and reward yourself for making it to the next marker. Revise your plans if needs be, and don't be afraid to turn around and come back if that's the way you're feeling. There's no failure in giving it a go and realising that at that moment in time it's not for you.

Most of all, just enjoy it.


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