4 ways for an Indian to fund his international overland motorcycle trip

Crossing continents, navigating the globe is the ultimate dream of a motorcycle tourer.

How do they do it, the documentation involved and all the other preparation that goes into an overland ride demands a full dive into forums such as HUBB (Horizons Unlimited) – this blog-post complies four ways in which various Indian motorcycle overlanders (a term used to describe a traveller who travels across countries by road) have made their international rides possible.

Disclaimer:

While I have tried my best to provide useful examples and links – I recommend you to reach directly to the overlanders featured here for a more 1-to-1 conversation to iron-out specifics. 

[All Images are the copyright of the respective overland travelers].

1) Change your world fund:
They support overland travellers via an application process, followed by selection upon which he/she will undergo training/ mentorship program on their ride plans and will recieve grants between $1,000 to $9,000 USD.
How to apply and eligibility criteria : http://www.conserventures.org/change-your-world-fund/

Indian motorcyclists who have/are over-landing this way:
Candida LouisCandida is one of the few women overlanders from India and has been inspiring more women to get into motorcycling. She is currently riding her motorcycle from Bangalore to Sydney
Follow her adventures at http://indiaonamotorcycle.com/

Candida Louis on her Overland Motorcycle Ride

Candida Louis on her Overland Motorcycle Ride to Sydney

2) Start a crowdfunding campaign:
Raise funds online for your cause and yes one can successfully fund their overland motorcycle ride ( https://milaap.org/fundraisers/TRAILSDAZURE ) with a cause associated via this method.

Indian motorcyclists who have/are over-landing this way:
Abijith M Rao: In 2017, Abijith rode across 31 countries via Central Asia, Europe and back.
Follow his adventures at https://instagram.com/trailbugadv

Abijith M Rao on his Overland Motorcycle Ride

Abijith M Rao on his Overland Motorcycle Ride via Silk Route to Europe

3) Become a Jupiter Traveller:
Powered by the Ted Simon foundation, they support a traveler with advice, contacts and wherever possible road assistance by other Jupiter travelers + help transform/fine tune the content of the adventure (videos, photos etc).
Note: They don’t financially fund travelling expenses.

How to applyhttp://jupiterstravellers.org/jupiters-travellers/application-form/

Indian motorcyclists who have/are overlanding:
Jay Kannaiyan: Jay quit his day-job to ride overland across Americas, Europe and Africa for over 3 years.
Follow his adventures at http://jamminglobal.com/

Jay Kannaiyan on his Overland Motorcycle Ride

Jay Kannaiyan on his Overland Motorcycle Ride – that took him across South America, Europe and Africa

4) Self-sustained:
Personally, these are my heroes – who for years have lived a minimalistic life, saved majority of their earnings, sold their personal belongings – all in pursuit of that one goal – traverse continents on their motorcycle funded by themselves.
No obligations to sponsors or brands – ride their dream trip on their own terms, at their own pace.

Indian motorcyclists who have/are overlanding this way:
1) Rohit Upadhyay aka beru: Self-funded, Rohit rode his KTM Duke 390 from India to UK in 2015.
Currently he is pursuing an overland ride from India to Australia on his beloved Duke 390
Follow his adventure at http://www.adventuresofbiru.in and https://instagram.com/adventuresofbiru

Rohit Upadhyay on his Overland Motorcycle Ride

Rohit Upadhyay on his Overland Motorcycle Ride – India to UK on a KTM Duke 390

2) Aditya Kumar: Not sponsored, Aditya is currently living his 10-year old dream of riding a motorcycle across South-America
Follow his adventure at https://instagram.com/mak.aditya

Aditya Kumar on his Overland Motorcycle Ride

Aditya Kumar on his Overland Motorcycle Ride – Across South America

Whatever way you chose, I’m glad to be in this era where so much possible and so many opportunities galore.
Go ahead and action your dream ride!!

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