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!
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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!
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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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There are 'normal' mobile networks all across Russia. Every town and village has at least one network. It was part of the granting of operators licences that coverage be provided at practically every town or village.
You 'home' SIM will pick up every available network or you can buy a RUS 'pay as you go' SIM, but it will be only for one network. Both probably considerably cheaper options than satellite phoning but effectively almost as useful.
On all of Russian SibirskyExtreme, although not constantly phone watching, I was aware of only one smallish town where we could not get any signal - but that may have been a temporary local breakdown.
+1 on Tony's reply - we bought a cheap pay as you go phone in Vladivostok with 150 minutes of national (ie ALL Russia) calls and that was enough for us - total cost around £30 if I remember right. The SIM will only last as long as your visa though.
The SIM will only last as long as your visa though.
And ensure it is enabled for Roaming, even for use within Russia. This facility is free but must be ordered, even if from countrywide network providers.
Additional Roaming charges will apply for calls made, the further you travel across Russia from the SIM's base the greater. But it is not a lot of money.
If one is a prolific phone user it may be cheaper to ditch a (for example) Vladivostock SIM and get a more western orientated SIM as one progresses west.
I don't keep count but I notice my regular Moscow SIM needs topping up with money more frequently the further away I travel within RUS.
Cell phone cover in Russia is certainly not ubiquitous, particularly way out in the regions, but I think most people would be surprised how much coverage there is.
I broke down near Baikal in the middle of nowhere and picked up a signal on my Blackberry (but not my iPhone); at the very least you might want to invest in a phone with a sensitive antenna.
On the Road of Bones last summer every desolate settlement had cell phone coverage AND wireless internet (although usually quite slow), so you might want to pick up a wireless internet modem/SIM as well. Wireless internet access really saved me after I broke down near Baikal, I was able to read some posts on ADVRider that enabled me to diagnose and fix the problem, it was very cool.
I am planning to take an Iridium sat phone and a BGAN terminal.
Why an Iridium AND a BGAN?
If Internet access isn't important, just take an Iridium. But if Internet is important, take the BGAN and save $$ by not buying the Iridium and paying the subscription.
I found in 16 months of travelling in Australia that the BGAN was perfectly satisfactory for both telephony and Internet (except for a mere 32kb/sec).
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