London to Brisbane Overland
My first official ‘Edventure’ will see me attempt to travel from England to Australia overland. This page will update my progress as I try to complete the challenge. I am leaving on July 27th from The Oval Cricket Ground, London, and aim to arrive in Brisbane before November 22nd, the first day of the Ashes Cricket Test Match between Australia and England.
Why travel overland?
Travellers who have added an element of challenge to their travels have always inspired me. In particular the likes of Phileas Fogg and Michel Palin who went around the globe without using a plane in 80 days, and more recently Graham Hughes who became the first person to ever visit every country (all 193 of them) without using a plane. Obviously, my challenge does not quite meet the complexities of theirs, but I hope you will agree it will bring about a fair share of test and trial to my adventure.
In addition, whenever I have travelled long distances before overland, whether it be an overnight train journey or an all-day road trip, I have always been fascinated by how big the world is. Of course using planes is quicker, more comfortable and often cheaper, but its speed often negates the distance you have travelled. By covering such a large distance overland, I will really appreciate how big the world actually is. It takes just under 24 hours to get from England to Australia by plane, but at least 4 weeks by train, so the scale and complexity of the journey will undoubtedly open the boundaries of travel.
The current plan is to travel through central Europe to Moscow, catch the 11,000km Trans-Siberian Railway to Beijing, then slowly work my way down through China, South East Asia, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali and then finally to Australia.
At the current planning stage that is 23 countries and will take me around 17 weeks, but I’ve kept parts of the trip flexible so the country count may well change.
The route is generally achievable and there are trains, buses and ferries along most of the route. That is until I get down to the Singapore/Bali region of the world. There is no commercial way of then getting to Australia other than by plane. The plan is to chance it, see if I can hitch a lift on a private yacht or a shipping vessel- basically whoever will take me. I will cross that bridge (and if only there was a bridge) when I come to it. Needless to say, I will come across some issues on the way, whether getting stuck somewhere by missing the once a week train, visa problems or simply the trials of being squashed on a crowded bus. On the plus side, jet lag should be kept to a minimum and my luggage should never be flown to the wrong location.
How can you follow my journey?
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You can read my reasons for starting my blog here, as well as why I am raising awareness for The Oddballs Foundation and testicular cancer on this page, as well as how you can donate to the worthwhile cause.