Fly in and Drive–or Ride - The resource guide to self-drive adventures around the world.
In the 2014 Fall Issue we broached the topic of self-drive travel in foreign lands. While most of us dream of motoring across Africa’s Kalahari or the Outback of Australia, the planning and logistics of such an adventure can be quite daunting. Shipping your personal vehicle makes sense if you are planning on a yearlong sabbatical, but for those of us with limited time, hiring a four-wheel drive or dual-sport motorcycle is a prudent option. Sourcing your steed in-country is more economical and eliminates the hassles and paperwork of importation, as well as the long shipping times that will bookend your trip. For this insertion of Fly in and Drive we are reviewing hire companies on seven continents that can put your tires to dirt (or ice) as quickly as you can check through customs and pick up the keys.
While there are hundreds of companies offering these services, as is the case with all industries, a flashy website does not always ensure a great product. For this reason, we are featuring companies that our staff, trusted contributors, or friends have personally used. We’ve reached out to adventure gurus Lois Pryce, Bill Dragoo, and Sam Watson, as well as our co-founder, Jonathan Hanson, and his wife, Roseanne, of Overland Expo fame. I also checked with the editors of international publications I work with in Australia, South Africa, and Europe, as their local knowledge can’t be beat. Additionally, we’ve included some core subjects you will want to consider when planning the “Big Trip.”