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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A recent news paper article about a journalist who travelled from Ireland to South Africa said that Malaria tablets are much cheaper in Africa than in Europe. Has anybody tried to source their malaria tablets in Africa? Was it cheaper and could you actually get your preferred type/brand?
We prefer not to use any prophylaxis against malaria (take the usual precoutions, carry a test kit and emergency solution in case you do end up getting malaria), but sometimes that isn't the wisest things to do...
In Southern and Eastern Africa they will sell you Doxycycline as a prophylaxis against malaria and this is quite cheap (compared to buying prophylaxis in Europe).
Recall 7 euro / 10 USD for about 100 pills. With one pill a day, this will give you roughly 3 months... I wouldn't use it any longer than that, to be honest.
This stuff seems to work against almost everything, that can't be healthy
I was also thinking of the risk of not actually getting the quality product you hoped for, even worse getting something in your system you don’t want...
I like the like the idea of not taking any malaria tablets as over the years I have not taken anything, but rather being careful and taking required preventative measures after dark. I also monitor closely for symptoms for a while after the trip into an affected region. Now I am considering taking the tablets is that we will be in affected regions for about 3 months. I must say, I hate taking it as it makes me so nauseou.
The cheap disposable "finger stick" malaria tests are generally reliable, and you can expect these will be used by local clinics where available. I would rather rely on a "finger stick" test that having someone look at my blood under a microscope in a bush clinic which can be somewhat unreliable.
Malaria medication (both prohylaxis and curative) is generally available at any chemist in any meduim - large African city. Fakes can be an issue, but having had malaria several times and been reliant on artemesin purchased locally, I have never had a problem with fakes.
If it were my choice, I would prefer to buy in Africa. Cheaper and more readily available.
We bought Doxy in SA before we flew back to UK to start trip - much cheaper (we did suffer from sun sensitivity)
We also took Malerone as a treatment if we got Malaria - got spares from friend who is a doctor in UK
We also took a few test kits (finger ***** blood test) easy to use but no substitute for seeing a doctor and getting a proper second opinion.
When you get into the Tropics / Malaria areas buying pills is OK as long as you go to a dispensing clinic or pharmacy. We saw a lot of people taking Coartem that is one of the main treatments - locals don't tend not to take prophylaxsis.
Remember - Malaria kills a lot of folk and they need access to the "real" treatments. Our experience was it was available in most medium sized towns and the cheap / fake pills tended to be in markets or street stalls.
You can spot branded real pills Vs fake imports simply from the establishment and people selling them. Fake ones tend to be stacked in piles being sold for pennies. Real medicines purchased in clinics and pharamacies were properly packaged and dated. A lot of African places that sold proper medicines were run by trained people who knew what they were talking about and we had no problems buying medicines there.
Just don't rely on taking nothing with you or putting off getting anything until such time you reach the tropics.
We took precautions and covered up at dawn and dusk.... a good tent with moz mesh and DEET to spray on clothes worked well.
DEET on skin felt liked it was burning so we stopped applying it and used Skin So Soft from Avon and Autan.... both a lot less aggressive and kinder to the body - especially if you are in the tropics for extended periods (6 months for us).
Next time - we might not take the Doxy and simply monitor the situation and have test kits and treatment. See how you get on with what ever pills you take - we did a trial run for 1 week on Doxy.... just make sure you eat food before you take the pills.
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