If both you and your girlfriend are ardent travellers, then you are one of the luckiest people on the planet. Travelling is a wonderful experience and it is the ‘only thing you buy which makes you richer.’ Getting lost in new places and beholding stunning sights with your loved one surely beats a ‘movie and dinner’ date at the mall or getting blackout drunk on a Saturday night. And nothing screams romance like taking a spur-of-the-moment motorcycle road trip with your girlfriend. So if you want to surprise your significant other in a way that’s more thoughtful and exciting than a bunch of flowers and chocolate, a motorcycle road trip with her is just the answer you need. Here’s what you need to do to make this happen.
Do your research
The notion of a sudden trip where you get up one morning and zoom off on your bike is an exciting prospect, but it never really turns out the way you want it to. Unless you’re undertaking a road trip you’ve already been on, it’s always a smart idea to have a plan, even a vague one, about how you’re going to get to your destination. So once you’ve decided on your destination you should figure out the best route to get there along with the locations of petrol pumps, ATMs, and restaurants along the way.
Choose the right bike
This is far more important than you can imagine. As most of you would know, riding with a pillion is far more strenuous and exhausting than it is to ride alone. And this is why choosing the right kind of bike is very important because neither of you are going to have too much fun if you’re ridden with cramps and aches when you reach your destination. So make sure to pick a comfortable bike and not a race-inclined machine that is sure to wreck your backs. If you don’t have a bike that suits your needs, you can always rent a bike instead.
Make a rough itinerary
Spontaneity is all well and good but having a rough idea of where to go and what to do next is always helpful. If you aren’t the kind of people who are overly fond of strict schedules, at least have a basic plan of which places you want to cover on a particular day. You can always change your plan once you’re there and there won’t be any harm done.
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Unlike those road trips with your biker buddies, you will need to be wary of unpleasant surprises when travelling with your girlfriend because safety is a pretty big concern. Be sure not to travel during nighttime and always stick to the main and popular routes. Save those shady shortcuts for you solo-adventure rides and make sure that this road trip is as problem-free as possible.
Less clothing, more cash
Carrying luggage on a motorcycle is a nightmare. So you will have to bite the bullet and tell your girlfriend why she can’t get along half her wardrobe for this trip. All those extra clothes and shoes are just not worth the haul. When it comes to cash, though, always carry more than what you think you’ll need. You’ll never be near an ATM when you need it the most and in case your bike breaks down in some remote area, it’s not likely that the local mechanic is going to accept a debit/credit card.
Record your travels
Down the road, there will be a reason to recall the places you have been together. Even if you don’t lose anything along the way and need to retrace, you may want to come back to the same place one time in the future, or help a friend who is taking a ride toward those areas with information about how to navigate. Whenever you stop for fuel, snacks, a beer, or for lodging, be sure to make a note of that location, or take a photo of a landmark, business, or road sign around. Someday you’ll be glad you got the details down, because when your friends are boasting of their weekend bar-crawl, you can show-off with your travel album instead.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and make this plan a reality and give your girlfriend a proper romantic surprise.
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