The 10 Best Countries to Retire in 2017

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Retirement is a great time to live adventurously. What better way to do so than live abroad? While there are countless places to enjoy this new phase of life, International Living compiled a list of ten countries that boast a great cost of living, beautiful scenery and a new experience that’s waiting for you.

10. Malta

Located in between Sicily and Tunisia sits Malta, a chain of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Its location is prime for warm sunny days year-round. Colors burst around you in the golden sunsets, blue water and white cliff faces. The natural beauty isn’t the only pull for life after retirement; the cost of living is a sweet deal, too. International Living reports that the average couple can live on less than $2,700 a month. Healthcare is pretty low cost, and patients can often pay for appointments and prescriptions out-of-pocket.

9. Portugal

Portugal continues to gain popularity among retirees, due to its low cost of living, real estate and gorgeous scenery. While it’s located on the Atlantic, it has a climate similar to countries on the nearby Mediterranean Sea. Likewise, the culture follows a laid-back Mediterranean life, with fresh seafood, great wine and a strong love for family and friends. Living in the smaller cities can cost about $1,700 a month, while life in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, increases up to $2,200 a month, reports International Living.

8. Nicaragua

Venture down to Central America, and you’ll find Nicaragua. Over the past decade, the country has seen vast improvement with bettering road conditions, creating renewable energy, and celebrating small town culture. While the local culture flourishes, expats can still find comfort in familiar items and brands like Walmart and other modern supermarkets. International Living reports that a couple can live in Nicaragua for $1,500 a month, with plenty of funds leftover to sample the country’s award-winning coffee and chocolate.

7. Spain

Sitting directly west of Portugal is Spain, a country of life, flavor and passion. It’s been a long-time favorite vacation destination for Europeans, and it’s not hard to see why; the mild climate, beautiful beaches, and low cost of living all add up to Spain being a top place for expat retirees. And since it’s located on the Mediterranean, you can relax in the easygoing lifestyle and dig into the amazing food and drink available. International Living reports that a couple can comfortably live on $1,900 a month in smaller cities, and smaller apartment can be either rented for about $500 a month or bought for $70,000. Living in Valencia, the country’s third-largest city, can cost a couple about $2,200 a month. Spain’s geographic location gives you the best of both worlds with mountains and sea nearby, plus it serves as a great launching pad for discovering other parts of Europe.

6. Malaysia

Coming in as the only Asian country on this list, Malaysia hosts a wide variety of lifestyles. From modern and busy cities, to the natural beauty of its beaches, rainforests and islands, Malaysia offers something for everyone. There are 878 islands that make up the southeastern Asian country, and its location is a prime hotspot for different cultures to come together. You’ll find Asian influence from the Chinese, Malay and Indian, with some European flair from the Portuguese, Dutch and English. Buying real estate is an easy practice for expats, as you’re given a three-month visa upon arrival, reports International Living.

5. Colombia

Sporting gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Andes Mountains, Colombia sits at the northern point of South America. The country has seen improvement over the last several years, showing off its culture to foreigners from far and wide. Visitors can find comfort in the country’s friendly people, locally grown coffee, charming small towns and beautiful beaches. Its location is a short plane ride from Florida, and being so close to the equator means long days of sunshine and warmth. International Living reports that expats can find a variety of places to rent for $500 to $1,250 a month.

4. Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been a popular choice for expats for years, and it’s no wonder why. The Central American country has no army, putting that funding toward education, and the country celebrates its biodiversity and renewable energy. Since so many expats have come through, the country has its residency process down to a T. Take some time to explore Costa Rica’s rainforests, beaches, marshes, mountains and farmland. The country’s unofficial motto, Pura Vida, radiates in the easygoing and happy lives the people lead. International Living reports that $2,000 to $3,000 a month can cover all expenses a couple might spend on food, rent and going out. Legal retired residents can easily purchase healthcare or just pay out of pocket at the doctor or pharmacy, making healthcare a low cost benefit to retired life in Costa Rica.

3. Ecuador

Ecuador has consistently ranked high on the Global Retirement Index year after year. The South American country is located on the equator– notice the name– and has great warm weather year round. From its large cities to its breathtaking mountains, Ecuador has something for everyone. The real estate is available and affordable, and the same goes for its healthcare. Benefits for retirees include discounts on air travel, public transport, utilities and entertainment like movies and sports. An International Living correspondent lives in Salinas, a beach town in Ecuador. He and his wife have a monthly budget of less than $1,500, and they’ve noticed improvement in their health over the years.

2. Panama

With neighboring countries on this list, Panama comes in as No. 2 for places to retire. The famous Panama Canal makes traveling to and from Panama a breeze, and it’s welcoming to foreigners from all over. The canal serves as a large trading hub, so you’ll easily find big brands and modern comforts from home here. Benefits for retirees include Panama’s Pensionado program, one of the best in the world, as well as discounts on healthcare, travel, dining and more. Bordering the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Panama connects Central and South America, and there are warm days year round.

1. Mexico

Sitting at the top of this list– and rounding out the many Latin American countries here– is Mexico. Not only is it close to home, it has a great balance between Old World flavor and modern day amenities. Expats continue to find Mexico as a haven despite the recent negative news coverage. International Living found expats living comfortably at $1,200 a month, some even less. The exchange rate for the peso is in the US dollar’s benefit. Every major city has a first-rate hospital, and healthcare is extremely affordable. Mexico’s geographic features include beaches, mountains, highlands and deserts, with climate ranging from comfortably cool to sunny and warm. It’s easy to qualify for Mexico’s residency program, and retiree’s discounts include airline and bus travel, museums, medical care and more.

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Events for Expats in Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Line

Living somewhere new can be disorienting, especially when it’s in a different country than your home. Los Angeles is a melting pot of different cultures, so you can easily find your niche. These events are great for any expat to become familiar with the City of Angels, while also celebrating your home culture.

Events for Expats

The Japanese New Year celebrations take place the first weekend of January in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. Here you’ll find parades, food and family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy.

For any European expats, the 2017 Oktoberfest will be located in Alpine Village. The festival will last from Sept. 8 to October 28, so don’t waste any time getting to this fun event. For more information, visit the event’s website.

There are events for expats every day somewhere in Los Angeles. You’ll find events centered around native languages, food, fashion and simply meeting others from your home country. Another great resource for expats to meet up is through Internations.

Can’t Miss Events in L.A.

Los Angeles has made a name for itself within the United States and the rest of the world. It’s the city of movie stars and beautiful beaches. Here are some year-round Los Angeles events that you simply cannot miss:

  • The Academy Awards: Los Angeles is known for Hollywood’s biggest night. Every February, the year’s biggest feature films are celebrated at the Dolby Theatre. Even if you aren’t walking the red carpet, you can still grab your camera and snag a spot alongside the paparazzi to see some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars shine.
  • The L.A. Marathon: Residents of Los Angeles are big on staying fit. The normally packed streets are cleared out in March to make way for hundreds of runners. Grab your bib and run past L.A.’s most notable sights and landmarks.
  • Doo Dah Parade: A livey take on the annual Rose Bowl Parade, but without the stingy rules and judges. This fun event takes place in May, and you’re sure to find folks of all backgrounds having a blast in the streets.
  • Los Angeles Film Festival: Every June, filmmakers from all around gather together to show and celebrate their films to audiences. You can find local short films or international blockbusters at the film festival. Audience members range from excited moviegoers to big names in the industry.
  • Summer X Games: L.A.’s huge extreme sporting event takes place in July and August. Events range from skateboarding and climbing to BMX and Moto X racing. Even if extreme sports aren’t your thing, you’re sure to be impressed and entertained by the talented athletes.
  • Labor Day Festival: End summer with a bang at Compton’s annual street fair. The L.A. suburb hosts this massive event that is full of carnival rides, fair food, crafts and family-friendly activities.

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A Brief History of the Port of Houston Texas

Houston Ship Channel

The inland Port of Houston lies on the Texas Gulf of Mexico coast and is linked to the Gulf at the Port of Galveston by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Houston Ship Channel.

For a short while, it was the capital of The Republic of Texas and it is the tenth largest port in the world and ranks first in United States international commerce.

It is the main port for the State of Texas and a major center for worldwide petrochemical and oil industries, as well as for biomedical and aerospace research and development.

It would make sense that many expats live and work in the area from the above mentioned industries and we have helped many relocate here and move from Houston.

In 2008 Houston ranked 2nd on the Fortune 500 Company Headquarters list and in the same year ranked both 1st on Forbes’s list for ‘Best Cities to Buy a Home‘ and for ‘Best Cities for College Graduates‘.

Today the Port of Houston can be called the energy capital of the world as several major energy organizations have their headquarters there including Exxon-Mobil, BP, Shell Oil, Chevron Pipeline Company, Apache Corporation, Marathon Oil Corporation and Citgo.

Conoco Phillips have their international headquarters there and it comes as no surprise that the Port is a center for the construction of petrochemical and oilfield equipment. In April 2008 it had the lowest unemployment rate in the world at 3.8%.

The Port in the Early Days

In the early days, barges carried goods to and from the city along a winding long distance route to the Gulf of Mexico.

In Galveston, the barges met up with seagoing vessels that carried goods to and from the rest of the U.S. and from overseas. As cargo volumes increased and grew with the city, the lack of a deep water port in Houston caused increasingly more problems.

During the 1890s business and civic leaders continuously lobbied with no avail for a deep water ship channel to serve the many international shipping companies who transported cotton and other cargo from Texas.

But it took the dedication of a young congressman, Tom Ball, the discovery of oil and the fury of Mother Nature to all come together before the maritime destiny of Houston was fulfilled.

In September 1900 one of the worst hurricane disasters in the history of America hit Galveston, leaving more than 8,000 people dead.

Petitions for a protected port miles upstream from the exposed position in Galveston then took on greater urgency. In 1901 oil was discovered at Spindletop and the growth of commerce in Texas accelerated.

With rice starting to rival cotton exports the lack of a deep water ship channel meant that Houston was denied the means of handling larger vessels to support the growing commerce.

A revolutionary concept proposed by Tom Ball suggested that the costs of dredging the channel should be shared by the federal government and Houston.

A unanimous vote by the Congressional Rivers and Harbors Committee accepted the idea that became known as The Houston Plan. Tomball, a nearby Texas city was named after the brilliant young congressman, Tom Ball.

A campaign was launched in 1911 to encourage voters to approve bonds worth $1.25 million for the local share of dredging the waterway which was approved by a margin of sixteen to one.

Soon after the Harris County Houston Ship Channel Navigation District (known as the Port Houston Authority today) was formed to issue the bonds.

Despite the enthusiasm of voters banks and brokers were not interested in accepting the bonds until Jesse H. Jones appeared on the scene and approached the banks in Houston to accept the bonds.

Within 24 hours each bank bought its share, an investment that has paid dividends for the city, the state and the nation many times over. With this feat, Jesse Jones went on to become a major force in the future of both Houston and the port.

In 1912 work commenced on the deep water channel in conjunction with the progress of other precedent-setting maritime projects such as the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the 51 mile-long Panama Canal. On the 7th September 1914, the TEXAS dredge whistled the completion of the channel.

Big celebrations were held followed by a ceremony held on the 10th November at the Turning Basin to officially open the channel.

The ceremony was marked by a twenty-one gun salute and President Woodrow Wilson had a cannon fired via remote control from his office in Washington D.C. to officially mark the Port of Houston open for operations.

Sources:

  1. http://www.worldportsource.com/ports/review/USA_TX_Port_of_Houston_60.php
  2. http://porthouston.com/portweb/about-us/background-and-history/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Houston

A Day at The Ballpark in Downtown Houston

Minute Maid Park

Not only is Houston one of the largest cities in Texas, it is also one of the one of the fastest growing cities. Drive downtown, and you might be intimidated by the skyscrapers.

Getting Where You Need to Go

In a city like NYC, you usually take a cab, right? Well that’s naturally an option for Houston along with the Tram, but since we are talking about Texas here, many locals drive.

Many parts of suburban Houston TX and the greater metropolitan areas are rural and spread out so it makes sense but we’re focusing on the downtown area which full of things to do, and let’s get to talking about some of them.

Minute Maid Park

If you are in Houston during the MLB season, we absolutely recommend you go to Minute Maid Park. And yes, to get to the home of the Astros, you have to go through downtown Houston.

In left field, the box seats are called the Crawford Box. They are some of the more expensive general tickets, but none of the general tickets are too pricey.

If you were to choose to sit there, you are right behind the left field wall. What better place than to try and catch your first home run ball?

Enjoying downtown Houston is one thing you will want to do outside of just going to the ballpark there. If you don’t want to handle your own navigation, then you can certainly hand off those duties. You can even take a tour of Houston if you want to make it really easy.

Food

If you decide to just do a full day at the ballpark, then make sure and stop by Jackson Street Barbecue which is right next to the stadium.

It is one of the many places with great barbecue food in Houston and generally is pretty busy before the games due to how close it is.

Quick Stops on the Way to the Ballpark

Now, let’s look at some of the more tourist things to do in Houston when visiting. There are so many things to do in that city that it will make your head spin.

Here are two quick stops you can make while downtown.

  1. The Downtown Aquarium-Houston

You don’t need to be an ocean lover to enjoy the aquarium. It features a variety of different sea animals like sharks and rays as well as different tanks with different ecosystems.

  1. Buffalo Bayou Park

The park is a great escape from the High-rises and city turmoil. So if you struggle with downtown crowds then it may be the perfect stop to calm yourself before heading towards Minute Maid Park.

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Convertibles and your hair

The scene is set: you’re driving in your convertible with the top down. It’s a beautiful summer evening with the sun setting behind your back. Your favorite song is playing on the radio, and you’re singing along at the top of your lungs. Everything is warm, breezy and perfect. Nothing can ruin this moment.

Until your hair becomes a tangled mess and is no longer freely flowing. Suddenly you feel less like Pocahontas painting with all the colors of the wind

and more like…

You don’t want to put the top up, but you also don’t want to live with a rat’s nest on your head. What’s a girl (or boy) to do?

  1. Hair Styles
  2. Your locks deserve to flow in the wind, but you don’t deserve to look like Medusa. A classic choice is the ponytail. It never goes out of style, and its simplicity makes it easy to dress up or down.

    Another option, the top knot. You’ve already got your ponytail down, so why not step it up a notch? A favorite of lazy girls everywhere, and you can sneakily hide the fact that you haven’t washed your hair since Tuesday… or was it Sunday? Anyway, twist your pony around the hair tie and secure it with another tie or bobby pins.

    In case ponytails and top knots aren’t your thing, braids are always an easy style. This is also a super simple look that you can take to the next level by doing a French, Dutch or milkmaid braid. Go on, be like Elsa and let it go.

    Leaving extra hair ties and bobby pins in your car helps for when you’re in a pinch.

  3. Headscarf
  4. Movie stars quickly figured out how to keep hair in place while nailing that classic convertible scene, as mentioned above. Silky scarves became an actress’ best friend, and with the help of a bobby pin or two, you have the perfect top-down look. Aim for the look of Audrey Hepburn, as opposed to Damian from Mean Girls.

    She doesn’t even go here!

  5. Other Accessories
  6. If the headscarf isn’t your thing and your hair just won’t cooperate with a style, there are other options out there. A baseball cap keeps hair close to the head all while repping your favorite team, or a large sunhat protects against the sun and ups the vacation vibe in your convertible. Get creative! Any way to get your hair up and out of the wind is a great solution. Just please, don’t purchase a fake hair piece like the clip on man bun. There are children around.

Adventure is out there

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Are you ready for the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?

The #1 must-do for any North American motorcyclist is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held annually every first week of August in Sturgis, South Dakota. The 2017 rally will be the 77th rally, held August 4-13. Located on the edge of the Black Hills National Forest and just northwest of Rapid City, the rally offers a chance to connect with other riders, get a taste of the American West, and fulfill the dream of being part of a motorcycle gang. Vendors will set up shop along Sturgis’ Main Street and show off their inventory of gear, bikes, and other motorcycling necessities. The rally also hosts races, bike shows, and concerts from A-list musicians.

Things To Do

Music

The party doesn’t stop at motorcycles. Sturgis is proud to host rock legends like Ozzy Osbourne and Lynyrd Skynyrd among other favorites on the Rally’s set list. Here’s a current breakdown of the week at Buffalo Chip Campground:

  • Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5: Dirt Riot Off-Road Races
  • Sunday, Aug. 6: Shinedown, American Flat Track Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT Races
  • Monday, Aug. 7: The Doobie Brothers
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke
  • Wednesday, Aug 9: Ozzy Osbourne, Pop Evil, Street Drag Invitational
  • Thursday, Aug. 10: Blink-182, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Doug Danger’s Rattlesnake Jump
  • Friday, Aug. 11: Alter Bridge, AMA Supermoto
  • Saturday, Aug. 12: AMA Supermoto

Group Rides and Highways

There are plenty of group rides available on the Sturgis Rally website, or the lone traveler can ride highways like Iron Mountain Road, Vanocker Canyon Road, the Wildlife Loop, and Spearfish Canyon.

  • 15th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride: Limited space available, so book fast! The Sturgis mayor will host this annual ride on Monday, Aug. 7, and all proceeds benefit the local emergency services. The ride takes you to the best of the Black Hills, stopping for lunch at Custer State Park. Participants will receive a limited edition Jack Daniels decanter signed by the mayor, a T-shirt, a Mayor’s Ride pin and other items from sponsors. To celebrate this being the 15th year for the ride, all participants will be entered into a drawing to join the mayor as a VIP guest for a pub crawl the following night.
  • Carey Hart’s Good Ride: A “social spin on the traditional motorcycle charity ride,” the Good Ride will take place on Sunday, August 6. Proceeds from this ride go to the Infinite Hero Foundation, an organization that helps veterans dealing with mental and physical issues after returning home.
  • Ride with a Local: For those who are new to the Rally or who just want a taste of the local flavor, this free ride will go through the best back roads and places in the Black Hills. There are two chances to ride, on Friday, Aug. 4, and Wednesday, Aug. 9, and it is expected to last five hours, including lunch and rest breaks. Lunch is not included in the ride. Spots are limited to 25 riders per ride, and itineraries and maps are included.

Other Highlights

South Dakota is full of hidden treasures. Local sightseeing includes Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, and Devils Tower in nearby Wyoming. Take advantage of the surrounding beauty and fun while you’re in the area.

Badlands National Park: get a glimpse of Mars without actually visiting another planet. The Badlands offer other-worldly landscapes of buttes and valleys, deeming it a “bad” place for the pioneers to travel through with their wagons.

Needles Highway: If you love the excitement and adrenaline of twisting roads and narrow passes, the Needles Highway is a must. The towering granite spires lining the highway give it its name, and the highway lies in Custer State Park, offering a chance to visit another incredible South Dakota must-see.

Sturgis Bar Scene: Sure, riding is what you want to do during the day, but what can you do once the sun goes down? Downtown Sturgis is home to plenty of saloons, bars, and pubs to give you a good time. Join the annual Sturgis Mayor’s Pub Crawl, or plan your own through Iron Horse Saloon, Knuckles Saloon, and Broken Spoke Saloon.

Where To Stay

Hotels, campgrounds, and other 300+ vacation rentals are available for lodging. Private homes to rent or vacation packages to purchase are also available. Find your home away from home here. Most lodgings are open year-round and can host individuals, families and larger groups.

Don’t Wait Too Long!

The 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is less than 90 days away, so start planning your trip now! Schumacher Cargo Logistics is prepared to get your bike there safely.

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How to prepare for shipping

In order to ensure the easiest and best move for your vehicle, we require a few major components from you.

  • Keys: Clients need to leave their keys with us, and we recommend making a spare for the ignition, gas cap, trunk and any other compartment that may require a key.
  • Registration and title: We require the originals, and you may make a copy for yourself. This is especially so for international shipping when entering and leaving ports.
  • Photo ID: You, or an alternative designated person, will need to show proper identification when picking up your vehicle.
  • Notarized creditor/lessor statement: If your vehicle is currently under a lease or is financed, a notarized statement stating that the creditor/lessor is aware and gives permission of the shipment is required. We also require notarized copies of the title and letter of release.

How much it will cost

While Schumacher hopes to find the best deal for you, details can quickly add up. The three main factors that go into the cost of shipping your vehicle are:

  • Location of vehicle
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  • Final destination requirements

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Chasing the Endless Summer on Your Motorcycle


The Endless Summer was a 1966 surf documentary focusing on two surfers determined to follow the sun around the globe and essentially live a life of an endless summer. What if you could do the same on your motorcycle? We’ve compiled five must-ride destinations around the globe and things to do in the area you’re riding. Of course, the summer months vary across the globe, so take your time riding in one place before heading to the next destination. We’ve also included optional destinations that are on the way, but didn’t necessarily make our top 5.

Stop 1: Pacific Coast Highway, California
Head back home to the United States and discover the beautiful West Coast via the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way you’ll see redwood forests, surf towns with seals on the beaches, and a certain famous bridge. Be aware of sharp turns, steep cliffs, and narrow shoulders. The PCH stretches the 123 miles from Monterey Bay to Morro Bay (you’ll recognize the Marine Life Institute, featured in Finding Dory).
Area tour company: EagleRider Motorcycle Rental & Tours
Summer months for California: June, July, August

Optional via destination: Blue Ridge Parkway- Ride across the United States towards the Blue Ridge Parkway and see an incredible amount of the country. Choose between Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, or North Carolina, or do all four! Discover the charm and history of the East Coast before jetting off to Europe.

Stop 2: European Alps
The Alps, Europe’s #1 mountain range, spans across eight countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Picturesque mountains, lakes, and valleys surround quaint villages with one-of-a-kind Alpine culture. Switchbacks are commonly found in the roadways.
Area tour company: Edelweiss Bike Travel
Summer months for the Alps: June, July, August

Stop 3: Pyrenees Loop, France and Spain
After your Alpine ride, head southwest for a short ways and hit the Pyrenees Loop, located in France and Spain. In fact, the Pyrenees offers a lot of the same feeling as the Alps, just with less traffic. European bikers know and love this route with its awe-inspiring scenery and hairpin turns.
Area tour company: Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours
Summer months for the Pyrenees: June, July, August

Optional via destination: Cueta to Marrakesh, Morocco- This 1,600 mile ride offers sights such as kasbahs, the Sahara desert, mountains, bazaars, the Atlantic coast, and the famous Casablanca. The best times to visit Morocco is April to early June, and September to November. Opting for the latter months to visit is a perfect fit between the Pyrenees and our next location.

Stop 4: Cape Town Circuit, South Africa
This loop, 1,050 miles (1,690 miles), departs from and arrives in Cape Town, South Africa. It can be completed in a two-week journey through the Olifantskip Pass and Addo National Park (think elephants and other big game animals). Route 62 takes you across the Great Karoo and the Little Karoo Mountains and back to Cape Town. Be sure to stop in Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich capital of the world,” and Robertson for some wine tasting.
Area tour company: Motorcycle Tours South Africa
Summer months for South Africa: mid-October to mid-February

Stop 5: The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Only 180 miles (290 km) long, this ride is a one-day adventure on the southern tip of Australia. Traveling from Melbourne to Petersbrough, you can take your time to stop along the coastal towns for a break to shop, eat, and sightsee. Stop by the Grampians National Park, and keep an eye out for those adorable koalas! Be independent on a self-guided tour or travel with a tour company.
Area tour company: BikeRound OZ
Summer months for Australia: December, January, February (note: summer in Australia is no joke. If you’re worried about the heat, look into visiting during the transition seasons: September-November, and March-May.)

Optional via destination: Hana Highway, Hawaii- This 60-mile highway is located on the north end of Maui, keeping the small town of Hana reachable to the rest of the Hawaiian civilization. Mountains on the east side, the Pacific Ocean on the west, and waterfalls in between. This stop in Hawaii is the perfect break between Australia and your return back to the United States.

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Australia’s Fumigation Requirement – What it Means for Shippers 2016/2017

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The Australian government recently announced that they are bringing back their fumigation requirements for containers and cargo coming into the country.

So what does this mean for companies and individuals either moving to Australia or shipping vehicles/cargo? To start let us first look at what the Australian fumigation requirement entails and then we’ll look at how this affects those trying to bring goods and cargo into the country.

In starting, fumigation is when chemicals are used to compound and eradicate any suspect insect or infestation within a container and its cargo.

The process involves “tenting” a container and releasing these chemicals into the tent. This then effectively kills off any prohibited worries that were the subject of the fumigation in the first place.

In Australia and New Zealand, the port authorities work very hard to prevent any foreign inbound insects/bugs/bacteria and living organism from entering while piggy-backing on cars/boats/bikes and general cargo that is being shipped in via container or Roll on Roll off.

Something like the “marmorated stink bug” that is a US bug not found in Australia and New Zealand: if this parasite passed through customs, it may affect the ecological balance in either country.

So to prevent this, all containers and RORO cargo, from Sept 1st 2016 through end of April 2017, will have to be fumigated within 72 hours prior to loading on the vessel.

So what affect does this have on our operations in the US and how does it affect the individual?

Shipping companies and freight forwarders need tighter control on the pickup and return of containers from the terminals, because we usually only have 5 free days with the container before it needs to be in-gated back into the terminal for loading on the next vessel.

We therefore need to coordinate the pickup, loading, then run the container to the fumigation yard for 24 hrs, then pick up again, to have the cargo back in time, along with the necessary fumigation certificate to accompany the shipping documents.

Once cleared, the certificate is sent with all documents to the receiving agent in Australia or New Zealand, so that they can prove to the quarantine officers that all regulatory procedures were followed during this time of preventative measures.

So essentially for the individual the real difference is in the cost and time frame, as the fumigation process costs money and delays the shipment until it’s been approved.

Please see more information on this current issue by clicking the links below.

Update from Hamburg Sud and Australian Goverment

The 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is Waiting for You

Tunnel View of Mt. Rushmore

The #1 must-do for any North American motorcyclist is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held annually every first week of August in Sturgis, South Dakota. The 2016 rally will be the 76th rally, held August 8-14. Located on the edge of the Black Hills National Forest and just northwest of Rapid City, the rally offers a chance to connect with other riders, get a taste of the American West, and fulfill the dream of being part of a motorcycle gang. Vendors will set up shop along Sturgis’ Main Street and show off their inventory of gear, bikes, and other motorcycling necessities. The rally also hosts races, bike shows, and concerts from A-List musicians.

Things To Do

There are plenty of group rides available on the Sturgis Rally website, or the lone traveler can ride highways like Iron Mountain Road, Vanocker Canyon Road, the Wildlife Loop, and Spearfish Canyon. Nearby sightseeing includes Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, and Devils Tower in nearby Wyoming.

Some top things to do are:

  • 14th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride: Limited space available, so book fast! The Sturgis mayor hosts this annual ride on the first day of the rally, and all proceeds benefit the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department. The actual ride takes you to the best of the Black Hills, stopping for lunch at Custer State Park.
  • Badlands National Park: get a glimpse of Mars without actually visiting another planet. The Badlands offer other-worldly landscapes of buttes and valleys, deeming it a “bad” place for the pioneers to travel through with their wagons.
  • Sturgis Bar Scene: Sure, riding is what you want to do during the day, but what can you do once the sun goes down? Downtown Sturgis is home to plenty of saloons, bars, and pubs to give you a good time. Join the annual Sturgis Mayor’s Pub Crawl, or plan your own through Iron Horse Saloon, Knuckles Saloon, and Broken Spoke Saloon.
  • Needles Highway: If you love the excitement and adrenaline of twisting roads and narrow passes, the Needles Highway is a must. The towering granite spires lining the highway give it its name, and the highway lies in Custer State Park, offering a chance to visit another incredible South Dakota must-see.

Where To Stay

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Don’t Wait Too Long!

The 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is only weeks away, so start planning your trip now! Schumacher Cargo Logistics is prepared to get your bike there safely.