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.'
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Most of the popular sites like flickr, photobucket & smugmug offer larger storage for a fee. If this was your only back-up, I would go with a trusted site that has been around for a while, than an unknown.
I was using the free Photobucket for years, but during this recent trip I found the amount of bandwidth used began to be excessive. By this I mean, my photos are linked to my blog, so the more people that looked, the more I used. I just recently paid for the Pro version and get pretty much unlimited BW, plus no more ads.
If you just want them for storage, I highly reccomend them, but you may need to check into the maximum file size they will accept in free mode
What I had in mind was instead of finding a place to copy photos onto a CD/DVD and then posting them home during a trip was to copy them onto an online storage service and then get someone at home to download them so they wouldn't need to stay on the server for long.
BBeast What size storage does Flikr offer? The 50Gb that Adrive offer is more than I would normally need.
Strom sounds like a good trip I've been reading your blog
At home, I use Dropbox https://www.getdropbox.com/
The free storage is "only" 2GB. But if you have the client set up on your (or a friend's) computer at home, it will automatically store those to your hard drive. Once the files are moved out of that folder, they are deleted from the service, and you have your full 2GB available again.
Never tried to use it on the road though...
I've been with Adrive for a while and never had a problem, in the past I've used it to transfer photos and videos home, by doing just what you say, uploading and then getting someone (my mum) at the other end to download.
There's always that nagging doubt that they might disappear for ever so I make sure my mum knows I'm uploading, usually by Skyping her while I'm doing it, and I also don't delete them from my hard-drive till I know she's got them all.
Mind you I've just picked up some 16gb SDHC cards for €20 each, so that way I can back up onto those too. I figure the more copies floating around the better.
I've been reading about yet another standard for SD cards, SDXC, which means memory cards of up to 2 terrabytes! Pretty soon that's got to be the way to go (until you lose the card of course).
i use flickr. costs $US25 a year, easy to use. i let my membership lapse for several months. they didn't let me know or bill me, i just couldn't download large files. no drama, paid my dues and all was in order, nothing lost.
oh and i might warn against having too many copies of photos - only causes a disorderly hassle and burns up hard drive space when you get home. but of course that's better than not backing up at all.
I have been using Flickr for a long time now and am very happy with it. Whilst on a bike tour I use it whenever i get to a good interenet connection and uploading is super quick. However if you dont have a pro account you are limited to 200 photos. Here you have two choices, buy a pro account for like 15pounds ($25 i think) or just open numerous accounts. I highly reccommend it not only because you can store photos in their original sizes and download thumbnails, small, medium and large sizes of your photos whenever you want, and so can others if you so choose, but also it is a fantastic oppurtunity for your photos to be viewed by others and is an awesome community of people where one can find friends and/or use it to develop your photography skills should you so wish....
One point to note here on uploading large or many files to the net. I am having extreme difficulty finding a decent enough connection so that I can upload my smaller resized photos. I would have no chance with the full 3MB pictures, let alone RAW not unless I spent a lot of time in internet cafes, which I would prefer not to do.
I have an external HDD which is synced to my computer, when the DVDs have arrived home and been checked, I can now delete them for the space on the laptop .
My experience with smugmug over the past 5 years has been very positive.
In one case, I made an order for prints and noticed shortly afterward that I had goofed part of the shipping address. I e-mailed smugmug support about it, and seven minutes later received a reply (from a live human!) stating that the mistake had been corrected.
I not a Microsoft fan but I have been using the MS Mesh service for over 12 months now with no real problems. Its a good way to sync local folders to a web storage point. You could upload the files from a net cafe (if they have a good upload speed) and then sync them to a computer somewhere else. ie your mums, brothers, friends. You can't upload more than one file at a time through the web interface but you can at the sync folder on the remote computer. So zip or rar files are the go. 5 Gb free.
Got Flickr. Very good, easy to use, allows you to upload at original size. I pay $25 a year for the pro account which has unlimited storage. No complaints at all.
These days however, if I was going on a big trip, I would not delete any picture that I wanted to keep off my compact flash/sd card. They are so cheap these days that you can buy enough to keep thousands upon thousands of pix on. I recntly bought two Sandisc 4GB SD cards for 8 quid. Enough for something like 1000 large pix (per card) from my Canon G10, despite its ludicrously large CCD. And flash cards are very robust storage.
I'd just buy enough cards that I didn't have to delete any. (Although you are right, its good to back up).
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