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!
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Hi, I have been going to Timbuktu nearly every year since 2005, first to the music festival, (which should be starting this week) then to explore the desert. Last time I was there in 2009, I was told it wasn't safe outside of the town. Now there are numerous travel alerts warning of an Al Qaeda branch (AQIM)from Algeria in the Sahara. Has anyone been to Timbuktu recently? What is the vibe in town and is it safe to be there? I was planning on going in February.
MBM's camp is thought to be not far to the north of Timbuktu, around Arouane.
Last two months seemed quiet - before that it was not. Of the kidnapped 7 group up north, no word.
So much depends on how you comport yourself there, how you dress and how you arrive (ie: not in a small plane...) and what language you speak there. And if you've been there before - who you know.
Keeping a low profile is best, and though you may blend in better than some, a picture-taking American (if that is your nationality) would be quiet a prize.
The current worry is that while AQIM may not know who is in town, the longer you hang around the more chance a hard-up/desperate local with a grudge may grab you to hand over for a quick buck.
Thanks Chris- With all of my gear, it is hard for me to keep a low profile- though I am fluent in French and know Mali quite well, I am a Californian. Having traveled there many times, I do know people. But after reading your post, it is probably best to wait on returning to that region. It could be years before it becomes stable again.
Strangely, there've been very little kidnappings in Mali. It's only conjuncture, but it seems that AQIM prefers to kidnap in Niger. I spent over 6 months in Kidal, I've crossed the borders between Mali and Mauri multiple times, and never had a problem -- there's speculation about a mutual avoidance, i.e. the tribes, like Ifoghas in Kidal, don't bother AQIM so AQIM doesn't take action in their area...then again, there's not loads of foreigners around.
Bottom line, whether or not it's safe is not a question that can reasonably be answered. If you want 100% assurance you will not be kidnapped, you shouldn't go. Kidnapping is just a possible reality that we deal with in that part of the world.
or in english... Paris evokes "an imminent hazard" kidnapping in northern Mali
PARIS - The France fears "an imminent hazard" removal of its nationals in the North of Mali, said Wednesday the Foreign Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie ten days after the kidnapping drama by Al Qaeda for two young French in Niger.
More than that, they have made even south Mali an orange zone which has infuriated many since the risks are probably small south of the river. [France-Diplomatie-Ministère des Affaires étrangères et europeennes] MALI
They have advised against French travelling anywhere between Mauritania and Sudan.
Obviously they don't want the risk of having more people kidnapped after the last disaster.
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