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    Touring the world Sponsorship?

    Hey, im considering a world tour across 6 continents. Im thinking it would take me about a year and cost about 20,000$
    Does any one know of any companies that would be willing to sponsor a trip like this? Or does any one have any experience with getting sponsorships?
    Ideally i would like to ride for a charity, the only thing is i would not be able to support my self on a trip like this financially.

    thanks for any help


    Max

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    Everyone raise their hand that wants someone to pay them to do a year long vacation.

    Ooooh pick me!

    Good luck to you!

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    None of us are manufacturers of stuff,
    you need a trip resume an sell your plan to them.

    or travel on your own dime and then write a book on it and try to get people
    to buy your book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregw View Post
    everyone raise their hand that wants someone to pay them to do a year long vacation.

    Ooooh pick me!

    Good luck to you!
    bingo!

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    Max, I'm trying not to be rude or overly sarcastic here, but do you really think anyone is going to just give you 20 grand so you can go on vacation? Really?
    "I heard the music and I wrote to it. Some people beat drums, some people strum guitars. It's all in the music you hear" ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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    Max, are you a celebrity of some kind? If you have some sort of fame or notoriety, you may be able to get some organization or business to sponsor your trip. Otherwise, you're no different than the hundreds of others doing this sort of thing at any moment, most of whom would love to have financial assistance.

    Bicycle touring isn't very appealing as an advertising method for most organizations. Look at 42Below Vodka and the publicity from their huge ride. Great fun for the participants, but not an effective use of 42Below's marketing dollars. (If you haven't heard about their ride....I rest my case)

    As you can see, I'm not optimistic about your chances. Still, good luck with finding a way to finance your dream ride.

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    Maksym,

    A lot of negative vibes here..Pay attention to them, but don't let them put you and your ideas down.

    Me and my buddy did it. Got our whole trip sponsored. Cycling from Alaska to Argentina on bamboo bicycles to raise awareness for the global water crisis.
    The trick is, you have to be original and have a convincing and passionate story to tell. And, very important, make it clear to your potential sponsors in what way you are giving them value for their sponsorship.

    Initially, we got a whole bunch of negative replies from sponsorships requests whole working on our project. But, we didn't stop or changed our strategy. At some point we found a big corporation that could identify their business, goals and ethics to ours, and a partnership was made. You need to invest heavily in your own project first though, before you try to get somebody else involved. This can be time, money, blood, sweat, tears. Preferably all of them, hehe!

    Once on big corp gives you a 'stamp of approval', it becomes easier to get others involved.

    Anyway, good luck bro. You can always msg me for more info!

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    Thanks for the input, even though some of it was a bit cynical. i understand that its not going to be easy to get sponsorship, but im pretty sure it's not impossible either. I started this thread to hear from people like "Cycle for Water" who have done it.
    Also in regards to someone paying for my vacation... well that's not exactly the case. I mean if i did get sponsored obviosly i wouldn't just be biking but i would also be promotting.

    thanks again

    Max

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    Like Suggested it's a sales Promotional first.

    write your Mission Statement, Resume, and all that , and see if you can get Gear Donated,
    to knock that cost off the budget,

    Once landing on the start of the trip it costs less to ride, on the trip,
    than to pay overhead and all those bills, to stay home..

    lots of overnight sponsors of a place to put your tent up and share dinner,

    and those things, happen along the way..

    If its a fund raising thing the miles get funds sent in to the Charity.

    more than the rider.

    Of course there are plenty of 'Charitable' organizations
    that burn up most of the contributions on salaries and operational overhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maksym View Post
    Ideally i would like to ride for a charity, the only thing is i would not be able to support my self on a trip like this financially.

    Thanks for the input, even though some of it was a bit cynical. i understand that its not going to be easy to get sponsorship, but im pretty sure it's not impossible either. I started this thread to hear from people like "Cycle for Water" who have done it.
    Also in regards to someone paying for my vacation... well that's not exactly the case. I mean if i did get sponsored obviosly i wouldn't just be biking but i would also be promotting.
    Yes, you will receive a lot of negativity with regard to the idea of having a paid vacation. In this economy, where many people are struggling to make ends meet, you are not going to have a line-up of people willing to support you financially on a trip around the world. But wouldn't it be wonderful to post in a forum or wherever that you have this plan, and then to get a series of PMs or emails of people willing to hand over cash. If it were that easy, we'd all be out there cycling to and fro on someone else's dime.

    If you are going to ride for a charity, start researching reputable, reasonably established charities now and see what their policies are. You will likely want to set up a website or something with a link directly to that charity so that 100% of the funds you raise go to the charity, and so that you do not handle the funds at all. You'll have to do the ride on your own money because no one wants to give money to a charity only to discover that 50% or even 10% of it went to support some guy's year-long vacation. If you do a lot of promotion of the charity along the way, however, you might be able to arrange things like free accommodation and dinners ... for example, you might cycle 80 km that day, arrive in a town in time to have a dinner at the local community hall and do a presentation about the charity, and then be taken to someone's house for the night. So that might reduce the cost of trip.

    If you are going to try to get business support, you will have to provide a service to the business. (I just commented on this in the General Forum, in response to someone's question, so you might want to have a look there as well). Businesses want customers, so whatever you do should be designed to bring in more customers. It might be that you wear a jersey with the business logo on it, or that you do radio spots or newspaper articles or whatever and talk about how the business has supported you and how great the business is etc. etc. The business might want you to show up at functions in various locations to give a little presentation or whatever.

    Either way, you will probably want to prove to the charity or business that you are a competent presenter (both in public speaking and in writing) who will represent their charity or business in the best possible light.


    And being unique adds an extra element on your side. Short tours are very common ... nothing special or unique. Riding across a country is also pretty common ... nothing stands out about that. Around the world is less common, but some businesses who might possibly be interested in sponsoring you might not be international businesses and might not care about a world trip because you won't be able to promote their business in other countries. Cycle for Water did an extended tour on bamboo bicycles which is definitely a unique element which would make him stand out from the crowd.


    As for not being able to support your trip financially yourself ... why not? It's $20,000, not $200,000. If you are under 30, you should be able to pick up work in a number of countries. Your trip might take a bit longer, but then again, you might be able to get to know certain areas a bit more and it would be an interesting experience. For example, you could come to Australia and work the harvest trail for 3 months or 6 months and save up several thousand dollars. Or you could work the ski resorts in Canada over the winter. You'd have to check into Visa requirements and all that of course. But living frugally, you could stay in an area for a few months, work seasonally, and save money for the next leg of your journey.

    When are you planning to make this trip? If it is not for another year yet, start setting aside money each month for it. Maybe pick up an extra part-time job that might bring in $500 to $1000 per month ... that would get you started on your trip . And keep an eye out for sales and good prices on your gear so that you don't have to spend a fortune on that stuff.


    One other thing ... have you toured before? If not, I'd strongly suggest going on some practice tours. These will help you for a number of reasons:

    -- you will be able to add them to the resume you present to the businesses and charities (if you are going to go that route) to help prove that you are serious, and that you know what you're doing, and that you will accomplish your goal.

    -- you will discover whether or not this touring thing is really for you. Some people really love extended tours, others are much more comfortable with the idea of shorter tours, and others discover that they don't really like touring after all.

    -- you will discover what you need on a tour. Nothing like a few practice tours to discover that all the gear you are hauling around makes it really difficult to climb hills, or that you would prefer to have a more comfortable mattress or whatever.

    -- you will gain some experience in finding inexpensive accommodations and food along the way (if finances are an issue for you).

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    IMO the issue is mostly one of intent.

    If you start with the idea of "I'd like to cycle around the world, and I'd like someone to sponsor me on behalf of a charity," that's self-serving, unseemly and inappropriate.

    It's also rather common for people to get this "brilliant" idea... and far less common for those posters to actually promote their cause down the line.

    On the other hand, if your goal is to cycle around the world, and you just want some corporate sponsorship to defray the costs, and you are up-front that you're promoting your corporate sponsors, I for one would be fine with that. E.g. Rolf Potts is traveling to various locations with corporate sponsors to promote their products. (However, people in the traveling set know who he is, and he is able to draw attention to his travels... can you? Better yet, can you convince your corporate sponsors that you can?)

    Or, if you start with "I'd like to raise money and awareness for X, and cycling looks like an appropriate method" then that's a different story.

    So, the better questions here are:
    What's your true motivation -- to support a cause, or to ride for a year?
    How involved are you in the cause you're promoting?
    What is your cycling experience?
    What is your fundraising experience?
    Are you going to be a good representative for your corporate sponsors?
    Is the best way to help a cause to draw $20k away from established charities, for your ride?
    Will you be able to raise significantly more than $20k for that cause, to make up for the donations you're soaking up?
    How many people can you motivate to do something other than think about your cause for 5 minutes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    As for not being able to support your trip financially yourself ... why not? It's $20,000, not $200,000. If you are under 30, you should be able to pick up work in a number of countries. Your trip might take a bit longer, but then again, you might be able to get to know certain areas a bit more and it would be an interesting experience. For example, you could come to Australia and work the harvest trail for 3 months or 6 months and save up several thousand dollars. Or you could work the ski resorts in Canada over the winter. You'd have to check into Visa requirements and all that of course. But living frugally, you could stay in an area for a few months, work seasonally, and save money for the next leg of your journey.

    When are you planning to make this trip? If it is not for another year yet, start setting aside money each month for it. Maybe pick up an extra part-time job that might bring in $500 to $1000 per month ... that would get you started on your trip . And keep an eye out for sales and good prices on your gear so that you don't have to spend a fortune on that stuff.
    +1 Any sponsorship should be icing on the cake. Start saving now, work extra jobs, deliver pizzas, whatever. Plan on self funding, then work the sponsorship angle to the max, and maybe you won't need to fund it after all. If that ends up being the case, you will have a nice nestegg when you return, which is not bad either.


    Unless I am misreading the OP, the intent looks pretty clear: "im considering a world tour across 6 continents....Does any one know of any companies that would be willing to sponsor a trip like this?"

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    This could take a year or two to organize.
    Follow the advice given so far and remain focussed.
    You'll get there.
    The one who has the most bikes wins.

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    Max,

    People who sponsor things want exposure in return. You need to provide them with a plan for getting on the media and being visible. Without that I doubt you will get very far.

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