Mototourism is gaining popularity all over the world. More and more people go on a journey on an "iron horse": someone on his own, someone with a spouse, and someone with a group of riders. Many travel agencies offer various motorcycle tours and even rent motorcycles. However, you can arrange the trip yourself.
Mototourism appeared abroad in 1950-60. The spread of a new activity was the rebuilding of road infrastructure after the war, an increase in the income of citizens and the development of the motorcycle industry. Those who bought themselves an "iron horse" went on tourist trips on it. The motorcycle becomes part of a special subculture that was reflected in the cinema of that time: "Easy Rider", "Outlaw", "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Cowboy", etc.
Today everything has changed significantly, and motorcycle tourism has gained popularity in our country. Many people prefer a bike to a car, because on it you can feel the unity with the outside world, feel the spirit of adventure. It has become easy to buy a motorcycle for yourself - motorcycle dealerships are open everywhere, and the purchase of spare parts and motorcycle equipment does not cause problems.
The place of stay is determined at its discretion. You can choose an existing tourist route or create your own. Having decided the question of where to go, you should choose the road. It is, of course, easier to move along federal highways, but the traffic density on them is unsafe for a motorcyclist, and besides, it is impossible to see anything interesting there. Another thing is secondary roads passing through settlements or natural objects.
The speed should be determined on the basis that it is not recommended to travel more than 500 km per day. In this case, there is no risk of overwork, loss of attention and concentration on the road. Every 150 km you need to stop at some interesting place. If the trip lasts more than 3 days, then after their lapse you should allocate a day for rest.
The next aspect to consider in advance is where to sleep. It all depends on preferences. Some people like to spend the night in tents in nature, and this has its advantages. So, you do not need to spend money on a hotel room, look for free rooms and a parking place for your "iron horse". However, there are also disadvantages, and above all the issue of safety of such an overnight stay, dependence on the weather, and a low level of comfort.
Those who do not accept spending the night in a tent can use the services of the hotel. True, the cost of the trip in this case will increase significantly.
Meals on the road can be carried out in cafes or canteens, or you can buy food in stores. You can, of course, grab a stock of provisions with you, but here you need to take into account the capabilities of the bike - you will hardly be able to transport a month's supply of food.
What to visit at the place of arrival depends on the interests of the tourists. These can be museums, natural sites, or temples. The main thing is that the cultural component of the trip should be thought out in advance. You should check the opening hours and specifics of the selected locations. If you are planning to walk in the parks, visit waterfalls or climb the mountains, you should bring suitable clothing, shoes, as well as the necessary equipment.
Bike travel is the choice of independent people who value freedom. Mototourism does not limit the types of routes and their length. It can be a weekend trip or a multi-day trip. The motorcycle is lightweight, maneuverable, it can travel a long distance in a short time. On a bike, you can even go where you cannot get on another type of transport. This allows us to discover new corners of our vast Motherland.
What is motorcycle tourism? The first trip around the world on a motorcycle is quite real for those who love freedom, want to get charged with adrenaline and positive emotions.
Do you think that only desperate people can go on vacation on their iron horse? In fact, motorcycle tourism is becoming more and more popular among the population - exemplary family men, retirees and even women who are tired of the routine and gray working days.
Motorcycle tourism refers to sports tourism, since the main means of transportation is an iron horse - a bike, a motorcycle. Mototourism is notable for its non-fixed route, has several levels of difficulty, the main emphasis is on getting sensations, not titles and ranks.
Mototourism is a rather dangerous sport, therefore it is not suitable for all ages. But the adrenaline value for a tourist is simply colossal - you will never forget your trip. What is the interest, why brave people put on a helmet, take a vacation and get on this "hellish car", going forward to the unknown?
The main feature of motorcycle tourism is its spontaneity - you do not have to completely load your bike and embark on a dangerous journey, the bosses of this sport claim that just a credit card is enough. Also, a sense of self-preservation and a sense of "edge" would not hurt. Since there are cases of recklessness, showdowns and accidents during the motorcycle tour.
There is a known case when one American refused to take his passion in one such motorcycle tourism session. She decided to prove to him that she could well embark on such a journey - in the end, for Nikki Miusrelli, who embarked on a trip around the world alone in her Honda, motorcycle tourism became the meaning of life. She moves with a folding tent and a sleeping bag, does not complain about life, she has traveled more than 20 thousand kilometers.
I propose to consider the main positive aspects of tourism, its impact on the spiritual life of a tourist:
If you want to have an interesting time, to be confident in your own steadfastness and at this time to see amazing places, then such a form of outdoor activities as motorcycle tourism is ideal for you.
Anyone who prefers to "seal" on vacation, wallowing for days on the beach at the all-inclusive hotel, will not bother with a car. After all, they need to manage, draw a route, repair in case of a breakdown, etc. That is, a person who wants to look at the sights from the window of his or a rented car is an active and independent subject who wants to spend his time, effort and money exclusively on what he has chosen himself. It is most convenient to absorb the culture of other nations, meet interesting people, enjoy the ever-changing landscapes and discover new places on an independent tour on wheels.
There are several types of auto tourism:
Winter road travel is the most risky and difficult type of road travel. You must admit that not everyone will be able to wade along a snow-covered road around the clock. But this is the beauty of a winter car trip. Snow at this time of year can pile up over the roof, but this does not stop the adventurers. It is strictly forbidden to go on such a trip alone. You must have a walkie-talkie, telephone, first-aid kit, and basic necessities. Plus a small supply of food always comes in handy, as well as warm clothes.
If we talk about such an autotour as an expedition, then this is definitely a journey for daredevils. Expedition is one of the most dangerous types of road travel. Expeditions are carried out high in the mountains, in the crevices of the mountains, along impassable roads. Travelers of this kind are not looking for easy ways. They try to climb higher and farther, and find a place where a person's foot has not yet passed, and, naturally, there were no traces of car tires.
Caravanning is suitable for long journeys and travel with family. In the van (trailer, motorhome) in which you set off, you live, eat, relax, have fun, periodically stopping in interesting and beautiful places. This type of auto tourism is very convenient and simple.
Safari is not for everyone. This is a self-guided tour organized for the purpose of hunting or observing animals. There is a lot of surprise here - sneaking into the natural habitat of wild animals, you see, is very extreme.
Jeeping is a common type of tourism abroad. In Russia, this movement is growing in the North Caucasus, and it has several advantages over traditional auto tourism. It is possible to travel in one large company, there is no exhausting physical activity, and there is no need to carry a large luggage. At the same time, there remains a feeling of wandering, which can be shared with loved ones and friends.
The borders are on a covid castle, but the Russians are not discouraged: "The country is big: lakes, rivers, forests are at our disposal." The well-forgotten domestic tourism is coming into vogue.
We don't need the Turkish coast ... And will they let us there? Shopping tours and mattress vacations have been canceled, and the long-forgotten tent tourism is being replaced. With children, cats and dogs. On foot, kayaking and biking. Through mountains and windbreaks. Without hotel service, but with its own advantages - budget and for any number of days. Anything superfluous is excluded: you carry your luggage on yourself. Even those who have never hiked in their lives are ready to go savages into nature after three months of isolation.
“In recent years, we often go abroad, tickets to Israel and Budapest are hanging, we were going to go to the Finnish Moomin Park in the summer,” says Svetlana Romanovich, a marketer from St. Petersburg, mother of two children. this had to be canceled, my husband officially announced our coronavirus 2020 as the year of study of the Leningrad region. We bought equipment - a tent, self-inflating rugs, sleeping bags, cooking pots and even a fishing rod. In June, we already went on hikes with friends to the lake near Priozersk twice, and just a couple of times we just went with a tent to the Gulf of Finland. They diluted this rest with a civilized trip to Vyborg - they simply rented an apartment in the center there. As it turned out, the pleasure of such travel is no less. And the benefits are perhaps even greater, especially for children. The space for games in the forest is almost unlimited, it is also interesting to help them - to put up a tent together, look for firewood and make a fire, cook food. In general, the children say: why do we need trips to the sea, it is better to hike with a fire. We are also trying to teach them to take care of their native nature and collect other people's garbage in parking lots. True, they are not yet so interested in this. We have big plans for the rest of the summer. We want to explore the Ladoga skerries, apparently, we will rent a motor boat. We also hope to swim in Vuoksa and find good places on the lakes of the Karelian Isthmus, where you can come by car and where there are not many people. The last condition is not easy to fulfill: this summer there are a lot of tourists who have changed their priorities just like us ”.
"Don't wait for the raw tent and letters"
Student songs of the sixties are still relevant today. Indeed, today we have a lot in common with the Soviet tourist - the borders are closed, you need to spend your vacation with your family somewhere, but there is no money for hotels and apartments.
Travel agencies do not return the cost of paid vouchers, arguing that the service will be provided, but, most likely, in a year. Oddly enough, hikes with backpacks behind their backs and rest, as they used to say, do not frighten young people with savages.
Moreover, there is someone to share experience with. “Over the weekend, my daughter and her boyfriend walked a dozen kilometers along the Mannerheim line in the Priozersk region of the Leningrad region, now we are preparing with our son for a road trip to the Volga and along the Golden Ring,” says Alexei Vasiliev, a pensioner, a former teacher. “Young people love hiking, my children for sure. Yes, and my whole life is a continuous campaign. From school years passed with a backpack and a guitar the entire Caucasus (up to three B) and the Carpathians, a total of 40 years in touring. Skis, kayaks, yachts, bicycles, boat trips, more recently, together with our native Korabelka, we rolled through the skerries of Ladoga. We have a place to roam in our country. He received the USSR Tourist badge three times, always in a solemn atmosphere, on a ruler, with a flag. Later, being the deputy director of the Voenmeh sports camp, he himself presented these badges to students. During the Soviet era, tourism was very well supported by the state, both materially and informationally. It was an integral part of the military-patriotic work, hiking had categories of difficulty, tourism was diverse: mountain, winter (ski), water, bicycle, motorcycle, auto tourism, orienteering was popular. All organizations and enterprises hosted annual tourist meetings. I never remember that on some campaign in Soviet times, someone groaned or regretted the impossibility of going abroad. Domestic tourism was completely self-sufficient. We did not feel any ideology and politics in tourism. And romance - yes, without it in youth nowhere. By the way, I almost always took my guitar along with my backpack. "
After a beach vacation, the language does not turn to call hiking a vacation. Few millennials can light a fire without matches and open canned food with a knife, but advances in science and technology are helping on the wild trails. Mattresses inflate themselves, tents are light and waterproof, communication with the outside world is satellite, navigation is via GPS, comfortable breathable shoes, thermal underwear, windbreakers, equipment, a backpack thought out to the smallest detail, compact dishes - household and technical gadgets greatly simplify outdoor activities. Unsurprisingly, outdoor and tourism products are selling like hotcakes, with demand up 71 percent in June. Especially popular are tents and awnings, boating and fishing equipment. People are actively buying sports equipment, hiking backpacks, GPS equipment, flashlights, sleeping bags, thermal bags.
Photo: From the Pavlov family archive
Travel industry experts say: perhaps the pandemic will spur a thaw in the domestic tourism market. And representatives of the 2GIS geoservice said: Russians have become twice as likely to be interested in trips to domestic recreation centers, campings, and sanatoriums.
The demand for all kinds of outdoor activities - hiking, water, cycling, mountain, extreme and just sit with a guitar around the fire. Young families and students go out to water bodies, go for daytime walks, kayak and SUP-surfing. IT people, businessmen, dads with sons, vegans gather in companies to relax in the countryside with savages in tents or glampings (modern tents in nature with the conveniences of a city apartment).
The modes of transport in tourism are varied: from ultra-modern aircraft, cruise liners and trains to rickshaws, gondolas and balloons. Which one to choose?
Airplane is the most popular and safest form of transport in tourism. It is comfortable: comfortable seats, you will not stay hungry, polite stewards are always there and ready to help. Restrooms are important, especially when traveling with children. By the way, you don't have to pay the full ticket price for children, and children under two years old can fly in the arms of their parents for free.
A small disadvantage of air travel is the risk of losing baggage, as well as turbulence. Contrary to common beliefs, plane crashes do not occur because of this phenomenon. In addition to turbulence, many are overcome simply by the fear of airplanes.
According to statistics, 80 percent of people are afraid to fly, and five percent are so susceptible to this phobia that they completely refused to use this form of transport for tourism. Most likely, this comes from a misunderstanding "how this huge thing keeps in the air." A little self-education and the fear will diminish.
An important factor guided by a traveler when choosing a means of transportation in tourism is money. Previously, the cost of air tickets was significantly higher than those for the train. Now there are so many different offers and discounts that you can fly in comfort and for a lower price. Economy class or low-cost airline tickets are in some cases even cheaper than train tickets. It is with this fact that the decrease in the number of railway traffic is associated.
Nevertheless, the railway remains quite popular in tourism. The train, as a means of transport for recreation, was used for the first time by the founder of organized tourism, Pastor Cook. In 1861, he sent 600 people on a walk by rail. In those days, there was no good alternative to it, and even now many people choose this type of transport.
In the carriage you can sleep with relative comfort, eat and visit a restaurant. You can knead the bones, walking from head to tail of the composition, make new acquaintances and spend time talking or playing chess. People appreciate the railway for the special romanticism and charm that is given to travel: the uniform hum of wheels, swaying, changing landscapes outside the window and, of course, stops at stations, during which there is a feeling of discovering new places.
If the end point of your journey is a small town, then it is better to choose a train, because there are plenty of railroad directions. When boarding the car, there will be no tedious check-in and inspection, as is the case at the airport. You don't have to pay extra for extra baggage. If the flight schedule can change, and boarding can be postponed, then this rarely happens with trains. This means that you will be at the vacation spot just in time.