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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One reason you may want to use a credit card is because you may not always be able to use your debit card, whereas Visa and Mastercard are almost worldwide now.
If you are worried about running up debt you can either use visa debit, which is meant to be as good as visa, but a debit is made straight from your account, or you can set up a direct debit to pay off the credit card each month. I travel a lot with work, and this is what I do, using my credit card to earn me points, and paying no or very little interest.
One other point to be aware of is debt and credit cards can screw you over exchange rates and also charge fees for taking money out. Apaprently in the UK the Nationwide offer some of the best rates for using their cards abroad. I have got one (debit and credit) , but didn't do the research myself.
some time it come handy just to be able to show any customs folk a credit card to be able to enter the country.........
The "prepay" Credit Card comes in to the game there, that way you can just top up this card as you like for your trip only or so, fill it up from your account and you only can spend so much as the card is topped up, in the country of destination you can redraw cash for no fee or pay what ever you gone to spend for, use any cash machine and don't have to muck about with exchanging traveller checks.
The Nationwide, (Delta Visa), debit card is the card of choice for cash withdrawals. No charges for withdrawals at all, which means you can make as many as you like up to your daily limit, something that comes in very useful when local ATMs will only let you take tiny amounts.
They pay interest on the Flexaccount and good rates of interest on their E-savings which means you can transfer your cash to your Flexaccount as and when you need it via internet.
They are a Building Society, a nice thing in the current climate.
As for larger transactions, like flights I like to use a credit card, because if for example an airline goes bust, you can claim against the CC company. This happened to me, (Air Madrid), and I got damages for another flight and expenses.
I tend to pay off my card, which avoids interest, but I think one of the best as regards interest is EGG. It's all internet based as well. Having a credit card with a nice high limit is very comforting. You never know when the shit will hit the fan and you'll need a significant amount of money. I'm thinking medical expenses/repatriation/ new bike - haha!
How much does a man live, after all?
Does he live a thousand days, or one only?
For a week, or several centuries?
How long does a man spend dying?
What does it mean to say “forever”? - Pablo Neruda
I have a Visa card from NZ and my bank lets me set it up so the total balance gets repaid from my transaction account when it is due. That way I never pay interest when making purchases.
However, I have to pay interest on any cash advance (ATM) from the day I draw it. To avoid that, I top up the card account before or on the same day as making the withdrawal.
The rules differ from country to country...
The only thing you can't do with a debit card (that I am aware of) is hiring a car in some countries, because they want to provisionally charge your card and that doesn't work on debit cards. They look the same, however.
Just to add to the above, for our US (and Canadian?) friends, avoid Diners Club and Amex unless you have Visa/mastercard as a back up. I've had both of these as company cards (US owned company) and while they might give advantages in North America they are utterly useless anywhere else. It's due to the fee structure, you can wipe out the shops profit if they accept payment on some cards.
Recently did a trip through South Africa and Namibia. Ran into several places that wouldn't take a debit card--even though it was a Visa debit. Learned a little late it was better to draw larger cash amounts from ATM's to avoid so many individual transaction fees on lots of smaller credit card charges.
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