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Next year my brother and I want to do a long motorcycle tour. Neither of us are rich by any means but we live cheap and are good at saving money. I'm trying to decide between these three options:
1. 'Pan American Highway' trip down from Canada to Chile and/or Argentina
+ my bro lives in Western Canada so lots of time to buy/prep bikes
+ beautiful scenery
+ lots of scenic off-roading opportunities
+ good food
- would need bigger / more expensive bikes for faster roads
- legal hassle at borders, especially in South America
- culturally same-ish
- have to camp in North America to save $$
- dangerous in Latin America
- need to learn Spanish
- have to ship bikes back in the end
2. 'Cape to Cairo' from South Africa to Kenya or maybe Egypt
+ can get by with English
+ minimal hassle (as I understand it) at borders unless we want to go all the way to Egypt
+ nice scenery
+ cheap food and accom' where available
+ minimal traffic
- problem fixing bike in buttfuck nowhere
- would need quality (expensive) bikes since they'd be hard to fix on the road
- lots of camping
- can't take bikes into wildlife parks
- shitty roads
- shitty food
- bikes might be write-offs in the end
3. India + Nepal trip, circumnavigating the subcontinent
+ dirt cheap accom' and food, no need to camp
+ can use shit (cheap) bikes since easy and cheap to fix
+ can sell bikes in the end in the same country
+ minimal hassle at (single) border
+ culturally diverse
+ good food
+ gtg w/ English
- designated shitting streets
- despoiled scenery
- problem with visa length in India
- shitty, crowded roads
Thoughts? Are these trips even comparable in scope? (India+Nepal seems like it'd be super easy, Pan-America a serious undertaking).
Australian travelling to the U.S. (Colorado)
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Hey guys, Aussie here.
So next Jan, me and the missus are travelling to the US. We will be there for two weeks for predominantly a ski trip.
My first question is; The Australian dollar is pretty shitty at the moment ($1aud=$0.74usd), when would be the best time to buy my USD? Like any predictions for future fluctuations?
Secondly; for anyone who has done a similar trip before or lives in America, realistically how much will we need to bring per person in usd. Taking into account that neither of us smoke/drink or do drugs. Also accommodation, car hire and lift passes are paid for. As for flights, I work for an airline so they won't fluctuate in price for me at all.
If it helps, we are travelling to Colorado and it is for 13 nights
Also lastly, I know the US is stupid with tipping and not including sales tax in total price; so what is the sales tax of Colorado and when do you tip and how much?