Ho, ho, ho! Santa came early this year, so we're taking 20% off all DVDs in the HU Store! Get the complete Achievable Dream Collectors Box Set for only $111 (previously $139)! Remember to use Coupon Code 'EZSPEC' on your order.
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Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!
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 such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.
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 help you 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."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
TRAVEL Hints and TipsPost your TIPS to travellers - all the interesting little tidbits you learned on the road about packing, where to get stuff, and how to cope with problems. Please make sure the subject describes the tip clearly!
This has worked for me a few times on Brittany Ferries Portsmouth - St Malo and once on the old P&O Portsmouth - Le Havre crossings. I'm not saying it'll work everytime, but it's worth the risk if you fancy a bit of comfort. It works best off-season, peak times can mean all the cabins are booked up.
When you book (either online or on the phone) only book a reclining seat. Arrive at the port good and early, and go into the foot-passenger check-in and ask for a shared cabin. They're not sold online, and not offered on the phone (you have to ask specifically), so they're rarely used. You'll pay for one berth only in a cabin of four, but because few people know (knew?) about this, the odds are pretty well stacked that you'll be on your own (you can always ask if there's anyone else sharing anyway). This means you end up with a spacious outside cabin with porthole for about £4 more than the cost of a slippery reclining seat.
Second tip will depend on the boat, or more specifically the key. A lot of the boats have a punched plastic keycard which was found inside the door. You go to your unlocked cabin, throw your stuff on the floor, take a card and go to the bar. So if you've got this type of key, and you've managed to get a shared cabin, get to it as quickly as possible. Flip down all the beds, spread your gear liberally on all four, and leave quickly taking the key with you and locking the door. If anyone else has booked a shared cabin they'll wander along to it, try the door and find it locked. They'll then head back to the purser's desk, to say they can't get in. Because the desk is understaffed and overwhelmed with people asking dumb questions, they won't be bothered to send someone down to unlock the cabin with a master key, instead they do a quick check on their computer to find another empty cabin and give the next sharer this one.
Now of course I've told everyone, so you'll all be doing it, so here's tip number three.
If you're the second person to get to the cabin, and you find your fellow HUBBER in the middle of spreading their gear about say hi, and then explain to them that you're now going back to the purser's desk to say the cabin's locked and you can't get in. Tell your fellow biker you'll meet them in the bar, and wander back slowly to the desk giving them time to leave. You're now like the person just above, and the chances are you'll be alloted a new cabin, all for yourself, so you can snore and fart in peace.
Of course none of this works if you're travelling with your loved one, and want a romantic cabin à deux, as the shared cabins are single sex only (apart from the one time when I found my shared cabin included two nubile German backpackers in the middle of getting changed for the bar, who really didn't seem to care about nakedness in front of strangers and were used to mixed dorms, but that's another story).