We love adventures, we love foreign cultures, we love road trips, we love camping and we love to discover new places. Since many years, we have the dream of doing a road trip around the world. Now is the time for realizing our dream. We are planning our monster road trip around the world.
The plan of our road trip around the world
We fly from Switzerland to Australia, buy a suitable vehicle and drive around the world with it. Sounds pretty easy, right?
We will buy an off-road camper vehicle in Australia
We really love travelling in Australia. The vastness, the breathtaking landscapes, the varied nature, the flora and fauna and of course the open nature of the Australians are things, we really like while travelling through Australia.
In addition, Australia is the perfect place to find a vehicle that is suitable for our project, buying additional equipment and testing our vehicle extensively. During two previous road trips we have experienced many unforgettable moments in Australia. We have spent 19 months and 72’000 kilometers in Australia. We have gained experience in buying a car and learned in what state of Australia it is easiest to register a vehicle. We have learned what it takes to equip a vehicle and what vehicles are capable of coping with the harsh conditions of the Australian Outback.
For both road trips, we have chosen a Toyota Land Cruiser. We have learned about the advantages and disadvantages of various camper setups. During the road trips we learned a lot about the technology of the Toyota Land Cruiser and also learned about the weaknesses of this vehicle.
For us, the Toyota Land Cruiser is the absolute favorite among eligible vehicles.
This time we want to take a bit more time to find the right vehicle for our big adventure. After all, this vehicle will be our companion around the globe and will be our home on wheels.
Test drives in the Outback of Australia
We believe that we will find a good vehicle for our road trip around the world in Australia. Certainly we will need to some changes and improvements on the vehicle. Australia is the perfect country to do this sort of work because the Toyota Land Cruiser is a very common vehicle in Australia. We will have no trouble to find spare parts, accessories and the necessary knowledge.
These are the reasons why we have decided to start our road trip around the world in Australia.
After purchasing a reliable vehicle and doing some modifications, we want to do some extensive test drives with our Toyota Land Cruiser. What better way than to test our vehicle in the challenging and rough Outback of Australia. During these test drives, we will have the possibility to do further improvements and adjustments.
Another big dream is to drive the Canning Stock Route. A 1960 km long track leading through the Australian Outback in the middle of Western Australia. We have not done this track on our previous road trips, as our respect for it was just too big. This time, the Canning Stock Route will be one of the highlights of our trip.
Of course there are still a lot of other attractions and destinations which we have not seen in Australia. National Parks and attractions that we have already visited are again on our list too. There are so many beautiful places in Australia and we are really looking forward for a third long road trip around Australia.
Overland from Australia to Europe
Some Asian countries, we have already traveled extensively as backpackers. In Thailand we have been many times, in Indonesia we have lived and worked. A home game? Traveling through Asia with our own vehicle will be a completely different experience. Organizing visas and crossing land borders with an own car will certainly not always be that easy and a completely new adventure. Once we leave Southeast Asia and advance into Central Asia, it will be a completely new world and certainly becomes very exciting.
Is it possible to take our own car through all the countries we would like to travel? Are there any countries that we have to skip? What will be our exact route and which countries will we travel through? How do we obtain the necessary visas and authorizations? How will we survive the chaotic traffic on the streets of India? How can we travel through China with our own vehicle? These are just a few of the many questions.
In the next weeks and months we have to find the answers to these questions and plan our route in more detail. Part of the road trip through Asia will definitely follow the legendary Silk Road. So far, we are planning our route through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, India, Nepal, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and Austria.
The milestone of this part of our road trip around the world is our home country Switzerland, where we have the opportunity to visit our families and friends. We will be able to enjoy a moment of security and relax in familiar surroundings. But the time in save haven will be limited and we will sail off again into new adventures.
Update December 2018: Due to difficulties of entering Thailand with a camper vehicle we decided to ship from Australia to South Korea, take the ferry to Vladivostok and cross Russia and Mongolia on the way back to Europe. It was a great decision and we loved it.
From Europe to America
Once again, it’s time to say goodbye. We will start to explore the American continent with our own vehicle.
Of course we cannot drive by land from Europe to America. There are several ways how we can ship our vehicle from Europe to America. We can put our vehicle into a container and send it on a cargo ship. Meanwhile we will fly to America where we will receive our car again. Another possibility is to join a cargo ship and sail together with our car to America.
We do not want to be separated to long from our loyal travel companion. So for the moment we are planning to travel on a cargo ship, together with our vehicle across the ocean to the American continent.
For a very long time, we have dreamed about driving along the Panamericana, the longest road of the world. The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads measuring about 30’000 kilometers in length. It connects Alaska to the southernmost tip of South America, the Tierra del Fuego. In which directional we will drive the Panamericana will be dependent on where we will land after crossing the ocean. There are several options for the shipment of our vehicle from Europe to the American Continent. The selection of the transfer will also determine the direction of our trip on the Panamericana.
The Panamericana is the longest system of roads in the world. Certainly we will ride along this gigantic road but we don’t want to just follow the main route of the Panamericana.
We want to explore the countries of Central and South America, USA and Canada. We want to learn about the different cultures and experience these countries in depth. We want to visit not only the tourist attractions but also places off the beaten track.
Once around the world. How will we continue?
Actually we have now driven almost once around the globe. We started in Australia at one end and have now arrived at the other end in America.
How do we continue? Will we ship our vehicle to Africa and explore the countries of the last continent we haven’t visited? Will we ship our vehicle back to Australia? Or will we drive back to Australia in the opposite direction and on a different route? Is our vehicle still roadworthy and ready for another adventure? Do we still have the energy for another trip?
At the moment we don’t know what we will do next. We will see what adventures are waiting for us after our road trip around the world.
Do you have tips for our road trip around the world? Do you know other Overlanders of which we should know about?