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Plan your bike trip: solo or in a group?

By Nathan Millward

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.



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There’s no right or wrong here. Personally I like solo as it allows you to ride to your own preferences. You can stop when you want, camp where you want and be as moody as you want. Solo riding also makes you more vulnerable, and in being more vulnerable you’re more likely to engage with people and the environment around you, mainly because you have to. People also don’t see you as a threat as a solo rider, so will be more willing to approach you or offer assistance. Solo travel can also challenge you more and force you to be independent.

Others prefer travelling as a group. They enjoy the company and camaraderie. They enjoy sharing the trips with their mates or partners. Group travel also offers the security in numbers and allows you to spread the weight of tools and spare parts, especially if you’re travelling on the same machine. It can also offer discounts on accommodation or other costs. The only thing to be mindful of is compromising your own trip for the sake of the group. People making promises to go on trips and then pulling out can also leave you high and dry. Sometimes, if the group ride falls through, it can serve as good opportunity to do the trip solo and on your own terms. 


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