the road trip team

How do you come to do a trip like this? Why drive? How did you get your car across the water? What's with the orange colour?

To square up on some of the questions we've been asked since we started planning the trip, we'll try and answer some of them here.

why the long drive?

The aim of this year is not just to make it to the other end in reasonable time, with perfect photographic evidence and acceptable levels of personal hygiene in tact (but lets cross our fingers on that one). The aim is really to challenge ourselves to do something significant. Driving overland (as opposed to flying) makes for some considerable geographic and logistical trials – to the point where driving becomes as much a part of the challenge as it is defining. We both want to afford ourselves the time and space to see and experience the landscapes and cultures as they really are – good, bad and ugly - and driving will give us access to places and freedom in our schedule to do this.

Above all, a major goal is to ensure the experiences we have throughout the trip give us plenty of perspective to drive whatever it is we do with our lives afterwards. Just to be really clear, we’re both adamant we’re not going to end up wearing hemp, complaining about people using mobile phones and generally unable to integrate back into society.

but why drive?

I know I take for granted how huge and varied the world is when it's so easy to circumnavigate it in less than 48 hrs on a plane. There is a huge, diverse and uncompromising world out there waiting to be explored, and whilst the world is still a relatively peaceful place for travelers (fingers crossed), whilst we have the freedom to go these places and the cash to pay for it, now is the time to get out there and live it.

This whole driving overland thing isn't about being alternative hemp wearing gypsies, or doing it on the cheap (it's definitely not), nor is it about putting ourselves in the danger zones (we'll be trying to do the opposite).  It's really just about being able to challenge our perspective on travel at a pace that lets us explore and absorb the places we come to like along the way, not just the places where everyone else goes.

what's the trip in aid of?

There are so many things to get out of this year i think we're going to have to remind ourselves its meant to be a year to chill out and reset our priorities.

Whilst Joe plans to become a pro-adventurer, I want to do some writing about the people I meet and my observations of the local issues I come across.

We're both interested in understanding how global environmental issues are having local impacts in the areas we travel through. We're also keen to offset the carbon emissions of our diesel vehicle by donating to a Greenfleet Australia - see the help offset carbon impact page for more.

Joe, Qatar, Jan 2010

Penny & Anonymous Mule, Atlas Mountains, Morocco, April 2010

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