visitor.us founder’s story
That's me at the end of a 96-day road trip around Europe. I covered 12,700km and hit 22 countries.
I realized renting a motorcycle for this long would have been a terrific waste of money.
Instead of renting a bike for $100 a day (nearly $10k for my trip), I bought a bike in England for $12,000 and sold it for $8,000. That decision cut more than half off my transport costs for the trip.
And the rental company probably would have been upset if I covered their bike in stickers, as I did with mine.
Hitting all the dead-ends
Buy a bike and sell it. Easier said than done, if you aren't a resident of the U.K. or the E.U. (I'm American.)
Figuring out how to register and insure my bike was one of the biggest challenges of the trip.
I refused to accept any solution (like taking out an insurance policy under a friend's name) that would have put me at risk if something went wrong.
So I went down all the rabbit holes, I hit all the dead-ends.
I finally stumbled on a solution. While I couldn't meet the residency requirements to register and insure a vehicle, a company owned by me could.
I formed a U.K. limited company, and bought the motorcycle as the company vehicle.
Registration and insurance problems solved.
Other problems to solve
I still had work to do. Among the other problems I had to solve were:
Buying my bike sight unseen. What if it was a lemon?
Storage until I arrived. I locked in my perfect bike several months before my trip started.
Connecting with my bike. I flew into London, and the bike was in the English countryside.
Selling my bike. How do I unload the bike when my trip is over?
What if other travelers are having these problems too?
And what if I could help other travelers solve their registration, insurance, and logistical problems?
I started visitor.us to help non-residents take the trip of a lifetime across America and save a ton of money over renting.
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