Top 10 Solotravel tips

Keep track of where you are.

Your cell phone can be a lifesaver in an emergency. You can dial 911 for help anywhere you’ve got service, but dispatch will want to know where you are. Keep track of route numbers, interstate exits, towns you’ve passed, road signs, mileposts—anything that can save emergency officials time in getting to you. For more advice on what to do if you come across someone who’s been in an accident, check out 8 Tips that Could Save a Rider After a Motorcycle Accident.

Plan for a day of nothing.

On a long tour, plan for at least one day per week of doing nothing. Time is the ultimate luxury; it can mean the difference between a vacation and an endurance run.

Be realistic with your daily mileage.

In really scenic areas, 150 miles may make a very full day. Don’t assume you can achieve freeway mileage on good back roads. You can plan out your route and find amazing places to stop by using the Buffalo Chip’s Rider Friendly Map.

Pack less and travel light

Only pack the essentials, buy the less-needed stuff on the go. Sometimes you end up not using the less-needed stuff even once.. and there will be no one to help you with that extra weight, so it’s a better idea to buy it as you go when you need it.


Pick a bar/restaurant/café and visit it daily. The staff and other regular visitors will start to recognize you and you can make temporary friends. This will also help you in getting insider local advises and tips.

Invest in a packable motorcycle cover.

These covers not only keep your bike clean and dry overnight, they also discourages thieves.

Useful information

Always keep useful information such as address, phone number etc. of the place where you’re staying at just in case you ever forget. Store this information on your phone or on a piece of paper and always carry it with yourself so you don’t have any problem asking your way around.

Travel apps

Download these travel apps to travel solo with ease.

Group tours

Sign up for group tours to meet other people. You might find people with something in common.. and believe me that’s all you need to break the ice.

Call ahead for your room.

If you call a hotel--even if you're only two blocks away--you can often get a better rate than if you just walk in. And if you have access to a computer or connected mobile device, you’ll often come across some spectacular Internet-only deals. Either way, do yourself a favor and have a reservation by 4 p.m. You never know when a convention will take over your destination city. For a list of rider friendly accommodations in the area where you’re traveling, be sure to check out the Rider Friendly Map.