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HU Travellers Meetings and Events

Why Come to a Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers Meeting?

You can meet people who don't think you're crazy for wanting to ride your bike to South America or Africa or across Asia, or even around the world! Admit it, all your 'normal' friends and most of your family fears for your sanity! So, this is your opportunity to meet the people who will encourage you in that craziness, share their experiences and advice on how to do it, and maybe you'll meet them again in Mongolia or Timbuktu!


Upcoming events!

Where in the world are Horizons Unlimited Events? Every continent except Antarctica!

Where are Horizons Unlimited events in 2018?

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Mark your calendar and sign up soon for early bird rates!

HUMM Granite Mountain, Arizona, Apr 13-15. New! Prescott, Arizona. Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) is an off-road, competitive, motorcycle navigation challenge for teams of 2-4 bikes, and the most fun you can have on two wheels ;-) JD Smith and Don Hood are our local Event Partners. Mark your calendars and form your team. Don't have a team? No worries, we can team you up! Online registration closing soon!

HUMM Granite Mountain, Prescott, Arizona.

Virginia, April 26-29. Horizons Unlimited is holding our 4th Travellers Meeting in Virginia! Steve Anderson has found this great venue and will host this event, supported by Jim Truesdell, George Parker and Annette Stout! Make plans to join us at Holiday Lake 4-H Camp near historic Appomattox, Virginia for this awesome event! Online registration is open now with early bird rates!

Group shot at HU Virginia 2015.

Western Australia, May 17-20. New! New location! Yourdamung Retreat. Xander and Tam have found this fantastic new location and this first event will be an 'Adventure Weekend', featuring heaps of riding and skills development with just a few presentations in the evenings! Mark your calendars for the earlier date, online registration is open now, with super early bird rates until Feb 28!

Yourdamung Retreat, HU Western Australia 2018 venue.

 

Ontario, May 24-27. New! New location! Golden Beach Resort on Rice Lake is our fantastic new location, in a great riding area, but a bit further east, still very convenient from Toronto and closer to Ottawa and Montreal. The event will also be earlier in the year - May 24-27. Lots of accommodation choices on site for every budget, from camping to cottages. More good news - the entire facility is heated! Greg Powell is organizing this event, with able assistance by Joe Enberg, Bill Hooykaas and volunteers. Mark your calendars for the earlier date, online registration is open now, with early bird rates!

Golden Beach Resort - lake at sunset.

Germany, May 31-June 3. Great Location - Campingplatz Pfrimmtal is located 35 km west of the Rhine river, about 50 km south of Mainz, just at the entrance of one of the best riding areas of Germany - the Pfälzer Wald! Great facilities - even showers! Jens Ruprecht is hosting this event. Mark your calendars, online registration is open now with early bird rates!

Jens Ruprecht demonstrates the art of helmet tossing at the HU Germany Olympics!

HUBB UK, June 14-17. HUBB UK is back in our great new location - Baskerville Hall Hotel, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain National Park! "The best location to date, actually getting there was a pleasure itself." We have a great team hosting this event, with Caroline Carver, Conan Easson, Glynn Roberts, Johanne Carter and Gary Wrench stepping up to make it happen after a smashing success in 2017.

Registration is open now with early bird rates! Mark your calendar! See the HUBB UK trailer for a taster!

HUBB UK 2016 Entrance - pic by Martina Zürcher.

Russia, June 21-24. Great news! The 2nd HU Russia Meeting will be returning to our great venue in Valday National Park, Korotsko, Russia in a great riding area convenient to Moscow and St. Petersburg. This is your opportunity to make new connections with riders in Russia / interested in Russia; to get up to date information about motorcycle travel in Russia from real travellers. Learn about the best places to visit, the most picturesque roads to ride - the Road of Bones, the Trans-Siberian route, BAM, Baikal, Altay and many more. This will also be a good introduction to local cuisine, customs and hospitality. Your hosts will be Alex and Olesya plus their team, Kate and Nikolay. Learn more about them at RusMotoTravel. Mark your calendars, online registration is open now, with early bird rates!

Iversky Monastery, Russia.

Sweden, June 29 to Jul 1. New! We are very pleased to announce the 1st Horizons Unlimited Sweden Adventure Weekend! This event will focus on riding, campfire talks and evening presentations. Kai-Uwe Och has found a great venue and will host this event. We're very grateful to him for making this happen!

NOTE: This event will be strictly limited to 25 travellers due to venue size. Mark your calendars, online registration is open now!

Bridge to Rosentorp and the HU Sweden 2018 Adventure Weekend.

HUMM Monashees, July 20-22. New! DATE! Nakusp, BC. Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) is back! This off-road, competitive, motorcycle navigation challenge for teams of 2-4 bikes, and the most fun you can have on two wheels ;-) This event is supported by the Arrow Lakes ATV Club. Mark your calendars and form your team. Don't have a team? No worries, we can team you up! Online registration is open now, early bird rates!

HUMM Monashees, Nakusp, BC.

Switzerland - August 16-19. Campingplatz Erlebnisbauernhof Gerbe, Meierskappel. After the amazing successful event last year, we are delighted to announce that world travellers and good friends Heike and Filippo Fania have stepped up again to host the 2nd HU Switzerland Travellers Meeting. Heike and Filippo have found a fantastic venue with all the facilities we need in beautiful surroundings in the heart of Switzerland. There are great motorcycling roads nearby and the Alps at your doorstep, with the famous Furka, Grimsel, Susten or Klausen Pass roads only a few kilometres away. Mark your calendars, online registration is open now, with early bird rates!

HU Switzerland 2017.

Canada West, August 23-26. Nakusp, BC. Super riding in the area and very friendly town. Ekke Kok & Audrey Allenspach-Kok, Mark & Leslie Kuzminski are our local hosts for this event. Online registration is open, with early bird rates!

Nakusp Lake.

Montenegro - August 30-Sep 2. Eko katun Vranjak on Bjelasica Mountain, in the Biogradska Gora National Park near Kolasin. Blazo Milic and Tonko Nisavic will be hosting the 6th HU Montenegro event! "Well worth the 5200km round trip to Montenegro!" "It was a fun-filled meeting with very special camaraderie in a spectacular part of Montenegro. You just can't pay for scenery and trails like these!" Mark your calendars, online registration is open now with early bird rates! While you're waiting, check out this fantastic video from #HUMontenegro17 by Ilija Peric at helivideo.me.

HU Montenegro 2013 event.

HUMM Appalachians, Sep 14-16. New! Location - Canaan Valley State Park in West Virginia. Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) is an off-road, competitive, motorcycle navigation challenge for teams of 2-4 bikes, and the most fun you can have on two wheels ;-) Mark Carrera is the lead organizer of this event. Todd and Nick Zacker of Zacker Adventures will be wrangling points and providing off-road rider training. Mark your calendars and form your team. Don't have a team? No worries, we can team you up! Online registration is open now with super early bird rates!

HUMM Appalachians, Canaan Valley State Park, West Virginia.

Italy, Sep 14-16. New! Horizons Unlimited is holding our 1st Travellers Meeting in the Tuscany region of Italy! Diego Barca, Alessandro Forni and Arianna Lenzi have found a great venue, Badia Di Moscheta, in a restored abbey by a river, with camping and cabins. Mark your calendars, online registration is open now, with early bird rates!

Badia Di Moscheta, HU Italy 2018 venue.

North Carolina, Sep 20-23. Stecoah, NC. 15th Anniversary celebration - we'll be there! Southern hospitality provided by Mike Kilpatrick, assisted by Steve Anderson, Annette Stout, John and Charlene and the team at Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge. Great riding in the Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway and Blue Ridge Parkway. Online registration is open now with early bird rates!

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting at Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina.

France, September 21-23. Great location - Camping Les Hirondelles, Al'Pech, Loupiac. Thierry Floreck will be organising this 6th HU event in France, ably assisted by Roger Primout, Dominique Joseph and Christelle Routarde. Typical comments: "Premier HU pour moi, un grand bravo aux organisateurs qui ont été disponibles tout au long du week-end, de beaux récits de voyages et une équipe du camping qui mérite tous les bravos tellement ils ont été à la hauteur de l'évenement et toujours avec le sourire." "Many thanks for these great days, we really enjoyed presentations, discussions were easy with experienced travellers and the attentions of the camp owners. It was our first HU event and certainly not the last!" Mark your calendars, online registration is open now with early bird rates!

HU France 2015 Rocamadour, France.

California, Sept. 27-30. Great location - Yosemite! Lots of camping space, several large presentation rooms, and a very friendly town! Flip Morton is the local host for this event, supported by Craig Haggart, Bill Miner and a great team of volunteers. Mark your calendars, online registration is open now with early bird rates!

Bike lineup at HU California.

Germany Autumn, Nov 1-4. NOTE the date change! If you missed the HU Germany Summer event, this is your last chance! Great Location - Campingplatz Pfrimmtal is located 35 km west of the Rhine river, about 50 km south of Mainz, just at the entrance of one of the best riding areas of Germany - the Pfälzer Wald! Great facilities - even showers! Jens Ruprecht is hosting this event.Mark your calendars, online registration will open soon!

Jens Ruprecht demonstrates the art of helmet tossing at the HU Germany Olympics!

South Africa, Nov 8-11, 2018, near Potchefstroom. Kobus Fourie is hosting the 5th HU South Africa meeting at his fabulous Elgro River game lodge and conference centre, with help from his lovely daughter Claudine. Mark your calendars. Online registration is open now!

For a taster, here's a fantastic video created by Kevin Davis of the 2014 event:

Camping by the river at HU South Africa 2014.

Watch the HU South Africa Video by Kevin Davis!

Aus Snowy Mountains, Nov 16-19, 2018. NOTE the (slight) date change! Jindabyne, NSW. We're very pleased to announce the 3rd Horizons Unlimited Snowy Mountain Travellers Meeting, at Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre! We're very excited about this location, it offers a range of accommodation options, great facilities and the potential for outdoor bike activities. Our organising team hails from both sides of the line and even WA! Veteran travellers Brian Rix, Shirley Hardy-Rix, Pamela & Dave Hyde, Bryce Tobias and Ove Gehrmann have stepped up to the challenge, and we're VERY grateful to them all! Mark your calendars, online registration is open now with early bird rates!

Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre, Jindabyne, NSW.

More to come as dates and venue details are confirmed!

Get involved! Become a Volunteer, Host a meeting in your area, or Present your story or tech clinic!

Present YOUR travel adventure!

From Brian Coles:
"... Since attending the HU meeting a month before I set out to 'do the Americas,' I feel that I have now come full circle by presenting a slide show of my trip at Derby. It was an incredible feeling to have achieved my first public presentation. The thanks I received afterwards made it extra special. The HU meetings are unique in size and atmosphere. Everyone is friendly and more than willing to help, whatever the question. I felt that when I started the trip, and I felt that this weekend when I then presented it. I can recommend presenting your 'trip of a lifetime' to anyone that has been out there and done it. Thanks to you, Susan, and all the organisers, Brian"

Present YOUR Tech Clinic - good at something of interest to motorcycle Travellers? Please do a Tech Clinic for us! Practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation/GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications/blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging/bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

Had a great trip? Got good stories and pics of it? Never presented before? Tips for putting on a successful Travel Slide Show!

Please Volunteer to help out! Odd jobs, registration, gate, etc. We can use your help, and only a couple of hours makes a big difference to make it a better event for everyone!

Exhibitors sign up here to join us at a Meeting.

How to Host a Travellers Meeting in your area!

What's a Mini-Meeting?

Small "local" HU Community meetings, often held in someone's backyard/garden/field for a barbie, or in a restaurant or local watering hole. Often held to welcome a traveller passing through, or just as an excuse to get together and keep the travel fires burning. Join, and contact your local Community to get a discussion started on where and when, then let me know and I'll post it here! OR just post it on the HUBB in the HU Events Forum.



 
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Comments about HU Events

"So many trips, tips, subjects, discussions, questions, answers, experiences, insights... I could go on and on. I will be back, and back, and back."

"It was like being with family... a friendly group with shared love of adventure."

"Everyone was humble, genuine, and encouraging, and I really needed that kind of 'we're all just people' kind of atmosphere."

"You'll see and hear the most useful ideas on so many subjects that it boggles the mind."

"Thank you all for such a superb extended weekend. So good to see everyone, to hear so many stories, to learn so much, and just to feel so at home with my tribe. Thanks to you, my batteries are fully recharged and rarin' to go!"

"Brilliant, entertaining and informative presentations."

"Yoga class was not something we had ever considered but really helpful."

"Full of very inspiring people who got me fired up again and motivated for my next trip!"

"What a fantastic inspirational weekend...we will be back."

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."

"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."

"...a new league of awesomeness."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

For more about HU Events, see some magazine articles here.

Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas

PLEASE NOTE:

Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!)

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

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 overland adventure 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.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.