The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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We are planning a year long trip around africa in our own 4X4 and would love to set up a website we can update along the way to keep family and friends up to date.
We are both complete novices IT wise. We use computers at work but that's the end of it.
I have looked at the free blogs but that wasn't really what I had in mind. Do we have to pay a website designer? Or is it really possible for someone completely clueless (and who is rushing around like a headless chicken trying to organise the trip) to put something together. We'll have a laptop but that's largely for photo management.
Any advice gratefully received (imagine you're talking to a four year old!)
For the easiest to setup your own webpage - Apple MobleME is the best IMHO. Needs absolutely no knowledge of WWW, HTML what so ever and web pages look good'n'tasty too for a n00bs. Also Apple-style 1-click easy way to backup your photos and stuff etc on the road. But requires a mac computer (or a PC with MacOSX) to get the full 100% elegance out of it and is a costing service.
Wordress - relatively easy if using Wordpress.com own hosting. But requires some PHP and HTML code aknowledge if starting to run Wordpress in your own server host like I do (I pay for the hosting, Wordpress itself is free). Extensive knowledge of PHP and HTML code if customizing your own templates and designs, functions etc.
Also Joomla, another decent web page/blog engine with loads of templates (your web-page's design) to choose between and to customize.
All of the services named mostly have introductions, know-how etc starting points to get a grip from and start experimenting with our own first web-page It takes time and nerve in the beginning, but if you get used to it, it'll go more easy.
They have a free option or a premium option which is about $90.00 per year.
One of the features that drew me to it is the fact you can select and modify hundreds of maps, then plot your trip on them as you go. My sister-in-law is a website designer and said it would take her hours and hours to try and duplicate this feature alone.
Creating a website was completely new to me and I found typepad.com's templates easy to use. It's $8.95 USD a month, but worth it in my opinion. You can try it out for a month or so for free too.
Have a look at www.one.com
I use them to host my site, www.takingthelongwayhome.co.uk
They have a good deal on at the moment, one years free hosting for upto 3000mb of space, even the payment plans aren't that expensive. You don't even have to pay for your web address, usually about £6 for a .co.uk address, that is a standard charge you would normally have to stand if you wanted that kind of web address. They have a web building section which looks pretty easy to cope with tho I haven't used it myself. I use MS Publisher to build my pages and upload to one.com via FileZilla, an FTP Client (File Transfer Protocol), I find both quite easy to use and I'm by no means a web techy. I use a bit of HTML on the site but I sussed all that out through searching the web for what I imagined I wanted.
If you use MS Office at work I think you'd find Publisher easy enough to figure out, and there is plenty of assistance in the MS Office community forum.
Good luck with your site however you chose to build it.
I read it in March last year not knowing what HTML or CSS was (but I've used a computer for more than 20 years), and now I work as a web designer. There are some great templates out there, but the only way you're going to get exactly what you want is to write it yourself. There's some good text editors you can use that will prompt you to use the right code. I use Dreamweaver - expensive to buy - but you can get it much much cheaper (free) from some places.
Alternatively, you can hire me to do it - my rates are very reasonable.
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Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
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