Important updates about what’s happening in Sri Lanka, the upcoming tour “Steppe into the Gobi” and the REVnTRAVEL Contest (Win a tour of Sri Lanka for 2).
Sri Lanka’s current status.
As you have probably heard in the news, Sri Lanka is going through an economic crisis. Covid-19 and before that the “Eastern Attacks” halted tourism for a couple of years.
This resulted in a very low foreign currency inflow and combined with government mismanagement, the country has depleted its foreign currency reserves.
Sri Lanka is basically unable to afford to import essential goods such as fuel, food or medicines.
Inflation is rising as it is everywhere in the world and the population has been peacefully protesting for over a month now.
The international media is depicting the situation in a very different way to what has been happening.
There have been episodes of violence, yes, but it wasn’t provoked by the protesters, it was a retaliation by the previous ruling party and their henchmen, who tried to bring chaos to the protests, eventually the PM resigned.
Al Jazeera has published an article to shed the light about the international media coverage: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/6/2/sri-lankas-picturesque-protests
Now the situation has calmed down. A new PM has been appointed and with the help of other countries, there is work in progress to improve Sri Lanka’s economy.
It’s a long process and certainly unpredictable.
While a few countries have issued travel advice and recommendations for avoiding non-essential travel to Sri Lanka, there are still visitors traveling around the country and the tourist authorities have more than once declared that every measure necessary to ensure a good experience to visitors has been taken.
We have a tour scheduled from the 23rd of July to the 4th of August and in agreement with the riders that have booked, the tour is still on.
There are more places available so if you are up for an adventure, get in touch! (Ben@extremebiketours.com)
Mongolia – Steppe into the Gobi
From 20th to 30th August we are exploring the Gobi Desert and vast steppe of Mongolia.
Due to a last-minute cancellation, we have 5 slots available and if you are keen to join with two mates or more, there is a 10% discount for each of you.
Here are a few highlights:
✅ Dates: 20th – 30th August
✅ Days/Nights: 11/10
✅ Accommodation: Traditional Gher camps & Wild camping
✅ Motorcycle: Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet
✅ Rider Price: US $4,850
✅ Pillion Price: US $3,250
Mongolia is a vast wilderness almost untouched and scattered with Nomadic people and an abundance of animals.
Out here nomads are a living tradition. “Steppe into the Gobi ” is a Motorcycle Tour almost exclusively off the beaten track, once out of Ulaan Bataar there are very few roads and no traffic as 40% of the population live in the capital.
The terrain is vast and varied from the rolling steppe to the mighty Gobi desert. You can almost touch the vast emptiness of this wild and beautiful country. We move through this wilderness with our support crew in the true spirit of adventure.
Accommodation is a mixture of wild camping and traditional gher camps. We follow nomadic tracks contending with whatever obstacles nature puts in our way.
This is an epic adventure and not for the faint-hearted. It will give you an unforgettable experience that will remain in your mind for years to come.
Are you up for the challenge?
Get in touch for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org)
RnT Story Contest – Win a motorcycle tour of Sri Lanka for 2
If you haven’t heard, last February I (Simone) launched an online magazine dedicated to motorcycles and travel.
The magazine also organizes an yearly contest and this year the grand prize is sponsored by Extreme Bike Tours and it’s a tour of Sri Lanka for 2 worth US $9,900.
To participate you need to send stories of your motorcycle adventures. For more details check out this page: https://contest.revntravel.com
But hurry up. The latest date to submit your entry will be the 15th of July 2022.
The winner will be announced at the beginning of August and the prize has a validity of 5 years.
Don’t miss out!