Planning The Trip

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Stef and I have parted ways with Goliath and David. This means we are now travelling sans landrover and no more camping. It also means our trip has changed in a fundamental way… this being of course that we are now backpackers, not overlanders. We’ve had to slim down kit A LOT as we simply couldn’t carry it all. Luckily it’s the height of summer so we don’t need bulky fleeces, coats and hats. We have kept our dive gear, squashed our remaining clothes into Stef’s rucksack, repacked the Peli case and discarded a holdall full of clothes and equipment – it’s actually amazing what you think is essential until you realise you need to make some tough choices cos you can’t physically take it all with you. We are planning to travel the Trans Siberian Railway to Beijing then get a tour through China to Hanoi then work our way to Oz through Asia. Watch this space people…… x

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The Trip is the name of the epic overland journey me (Kerry), my husband (Stef) and our friend (David) will shortly be undertaking. The Trip has been two years in the planning, and will be around two years in the undertaking – for me and Stef that is. David has his own ideas.

The first question was: “Where do we go?” This was easy as David had already rough planned the route, “Australia!” was the answer. Fab! Always wanted to go there “Ummm isn’t that really really far away?” asked I.  A nonchalant answer… “Around 30,000 miles” Ah. Better get my driving test passed then.

30,000 miles. THIRTY THOUSAND MILES!!!! B****Y HELL that’s a long REALLY REALLY LONG way.

Best get on it.

Here’s a picture of the Earth from space. It shows Russia and Central Europe. You can’t see the whole route due to the curve of the Earth. This adventure is Epic indeed!

A Brief History of The Trip

David started planning The Trip a long time ago. He has experience with overland journeys, having travelled to South Africa by Land Rover a few years ago. When he asked me if I wanted to join him on this particular expedition I thought about it for about a micro second then said a resounding ” HELL YES!” I was in a strange place. Stef and I had broken up and I thought it would be  a great way to get over that. I also LOVE South East Asia and reckoned it would be a very exciting way to get back there. SO we started making plans to leave in a year. For various reasons (including David taking a job in the Seychelles, which meant an amazing holiday) The Trip was put back a year so we’re going this year instead. In the meantime Stef and I reconciled and got married and he decided to come along too .

There is actually a fourth member of the team. The Land Rover. His name is Goliath and he is very large, very heavy and extremely well equipped. David owns Goliath and is looking after the Carnet de Passage, and other documents the car needs. He has kitted him out with lots of shiny toys, many survival aids and lots of things to make our lives as comfortable as possible.

Planning and Prep

In a collaborative effort via email and the miracle of Skype, we have decided a route, shared kit lists, researched dive sites, discussed visas and argued through the best jabs to get.

Stef and I have gone for every jab going – Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Tick Borne Encephalitis, Hep A,B,C, Typhoid and several others I can’t even remember. On top of this lovely list of defence against terrifying disease, we are taking a tonne of antimalarials, anti-seasickness, painkillers, stomach sickness pills and a million others. I reckon the only thing we might die of is hypochondria!

Visas remain something of an enigma to me. Lots of forms to complete, lots of places to send my passport and dozens of copies of my passport sized photo distributed seemingly at random throughout the embassies of the world. We need them in advance for Russia, Kazakhstan and Australia and the rest we can get en route. The exception is China, which is being organised by our tour operator. More on China in the blog – we get there in October so stand by!

We have several bags of personal kit, as we are taking our diving and camping gear as well as normal clothes and toiletries. A full list is in the blog. On top of this is the things for the car, this is all in his bio. All in all its a lot of kit – Good job Goliath is a big car!

Leaving Our Lives

Stef and I have sold our house, partly to pay for the trip and also because, really it was on the cards and we both have lost enthusiasm for work. We both want to live near the sea, and make our own way in the world without the pressures and politics of working for someone else.  We find the people we tell fall into 2 camps; Those that think its amazing and those that think its nuts. I think it’s half and half but it’s definitely the right time.

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3 thoughts on “Planning The Trip”

  1. Pauline Lund said:

    Think I have a foot in both camps – it’s absolutely amazing and probably nuts – but GO FOR IT.
    Look forward to following your blog – if I manage to work out how – getting more computer literate so will be manage.
    Hope we will be on the move soon – ready for a change.
    Good luck. live and enjoy every minute.

  2. Frillyfrogfish said:

    Love ur blog honey, beautiful and inspiring. I think you know what camp my opinion falls into… cant wait to see you on the journey xxx

  3. David Barker said:

    It’s only nuts NOT to do something so amazing. Enjoy every moment of the rest of your lives 🙂

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