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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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."
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Washington Mutual (WaMu) was about the only bank in the US that didn't charge ATM fees, but they discontinued that practice a couple years ago. Afraid you are probably out of luck in the US regarding free ATM access fees. I use an internet bank in the US that doesn't have its own ATM system - they reimburse me for up to $6.00 in ATM fees each month and as a consequence between that and using WaMu I haven't paid ANY bank service fees in years (when in the US). Canada has its own banks, weren't to unreasonable for the couple weeks I used Canuck ATM's.
I travelled through Cent. Am. in 4th quarter '06 - and am presently in Ecuador after having been in Colombia. Can't speak for the rest of SA.
As to Central and South America, there isn't a 'south american bank' - there's about 18 countries and I don't recall seeing any international banks serving them. Maybe there's a few International banks with branches in major cities in some countries, but I never investigated that - never saw them where I travelled. I just used each countries local bank. For the most part, I only paid currency conversion charges using my Visa debit card - generally in the neighborhood of 50 cents (USD) per $100. I occasionally paid an ATM charge - generally $1.50 USD, but it was rare - and I didn't shop around, just used the first ATM I found that was on the Plus system. (some places, there ain't any shopping around to do - there's an ATM, you use it).
Just guessing, I don't believe I have paid more than $10 USD per month for ATM fees and/or currency conversion charges since hitting Mexico in September - usually less than that I'm guessing (my charges are low - don't add them up at the end of the month). Maybe it has something to do with US bank issued Visa cards - could also be because El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador recognize USD as official currency so I didn't have to pay currency conversion fees. Also, I take out $200 to $400 at a crack to minimize ATM fees.
Maybe the thing to do to hold down fees is to try to set up a Checking Account with a U.S. bank, get a Debit card attached to it and use that in N & S America - keep pumping money into the account from your main bank.
For folks from Canada travelling through Mex &CA there will always be a fee , rare is the home bank which does not charge such, and the USA ATMs can add an extra charge . I deal with BMO ,Scotiabank and TD cards and they all charge $3CDN for each transaction, no matter which ATM I pick. Just withdraw the max ammount and then it is not a big percentage
Scotiabank is all over Mexico and CA ,if that makes you comfortable, but any machine with the CIRRUS,MAESTRO, PLUS logo will work. Some of the smaller US banks´ machines will only work for their own account holders.
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