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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So, here's the question!
I own a house and will be traveling for a few years so do I sell or rent?
I have no real intention to return to the house, just to use it in whatever way best to finance travel.
At the moment I'm for selling but just thought I'd put the question out there.
What are your experiences?
Did you regret renting or wish you'd never sold the place?
How did those of you that sold get on with investing/utilizing the cash?
I've been looking into this same question myself. I've come to the conclusion (and been told by many people with experience) that it is extremely difficult to make money renting a house in most situations. It gets even worse if you use a company to manage the property (and thus get paid a portion of your rent income). There are exceptions to this of course, but you would probably already know it if you had an unusually good situation to rent.
I have rented out various places over the years while I went traveling, most recently my condominium while I toured Latin America for a year. I've also rented places while I stayed put--either moving out into a cheaper place to do this, or moving to my next home but hanging onto the old one as an investment.
In my experience, if you choose wisely you can easily carry a home and make at least a small profit by renting it out....provided certain conditions are met, like you don't have a huge mortgage, your tenants pay their rent per the agreement, you don't have to evict anyone or make major repairs after they've trashed the place.
OHOH, there are a lot of ways to get into trouble, and these multiply when you leave the country for an extended time. And tax and investment laws differ from place to place, so what worked for me might not work for you. And for the most part I've rented out places to which I intend to return; pure rental properties are a different story, and you need to be very hardnosed about your business planning. If that describes you, pursue it a bit further and see if you can make the numbers work.
We rented two houses when we left (my wifes and mine, well sort of, it's complicated). The first we were always going to rent, and has turned int oa nice little investrment - the mortgage and insurance is paid off by the rent, so even after paying agents fees we break even. We'd never sell this unless we really needed the cash, why would you?
The other hosue we tried to sell in amongst the big housing crash in the UK. Couldn't sell, and in all likelyhood we are left with a little bit of negative equatity. But we switched the mortggage to interest only, off set it against our savings (very little return on savings at the moment in the UK), and now it about breaks evens, although we have to pay the agents fees. But - is it worth it - yes definitely.
Oviously depends on the country, but in the UK the rental market is still good, and with the 6month or 1 year assured tenancies you don't have much risk like the old days.
So my advise would be - do you get you money back, if so, defintely rent unless you need the money from selling. Otherwise, long term, it's a winner!
Oh - and pay up for insurance - we were uninsured until my sister in-laws roof got blown off in a hurricane!!!! Taught us a big lessons.
We have friends who like to do house swaps rather than rent, gives them the chance to live a country for three to six months at a time, not exactly world travel I know but its suits plenty of people and they get to live like the locals. The house and gardens have always been well looked after by the visiting "tenant". Often do vehicle swaps as well and have clocked up some large kms (especially Canada).
Years ago in Melbourne I met a landlord who was very much into long term tenants - 2 and 3 year leases, allowed decorating by tenants (within reason), etc. He charged a few dollars less than market rates but viewed any time the houses were empty as a loss never to be recovered - cleaning, advertising, interviewing, ref checks. He only accepted payment by recurring credit card authorisation - which meant rent defaulters always paid one way or another as the banks would chase them.
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Which bike, how to prepare it, what else to take, how to pack it all in! 6 hours!
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