Anyone want 2 travel the world?

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 13:10
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My partner & I (both in our late 50s) planning to drive overland; Aus to the UK. Leaving around Jan '09, traveling via; Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, the Stans, Iran, Turkey, Southern Europe & so thru to the UK. Estimate about 6 month trip.
Using a 2004 Troopy fitted out as a camper. Looking for like-minded people who might like to do something similar. we'd love to hear & have a chat.
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Reply By: Geepeem - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:25

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:25
HI Rumbler,
I think its a great idea and something I have contemplated doing some time. But I'm not sure if we'd be ready by next year. In have just read a stpry in the Dec/Jan RACQ magazine about the couplw who drove a Fiat 500, 31,000km across USA, Euraope and Russia etc last year in order to be in Italy for the Fiat 500 reunuion. What an awesome trip. Apparently in the past 4 years a 2000km section of road (read track) has been built across eastern Siberia. Fuel is available all along the road from budding entrepreneurs (but we'd need to take Mr Funnell).
What an awesome sight to see a convoy of Auzzie 4bys heading accross Russia or Europe (I wonder how darkie would go in the black forrest?).
Perhaps through OE an overseas trek could be organised annually to one country or another.
I would like to get feedback, Rumbler, on your trip in due couse. A great Idea. Hope it comes off.
Cheers,
Glen
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 18:33

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 18:33
Darkie will never see the Black Forest as there is enough of Australia to see and that costs enough, so no need to see another country when we have the best one to tour.

Cheers Kev & Darkie
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 19:31

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 19:31
Kev. You need to visit a few more countries to broaden your mind set !

Oz is a great country but there are many other great countries with very varied travel conditions, wildlife and scenery.
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Follow Up By: Geepeem - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 19:50

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 19:50
Kev,
I agree with Kiwi Kia. Importantly the trips do not have to be alternatives. Do both!. There are plenty of retired folk around who want to travel 12 months of the year. What's wrong with a 3 to 4 month trek through an overseas country and then back to Aus for the remainder 8 to 9 months to travel? I agree Aus is a great country and I want to see as much of it as I can but overseas travel is still attractive.

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Glen
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 19:54

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 19:54
There is only 2 destinations left that I want to see overseas and that is Calgary (for the Stampede) and to go to Las Vegas for the PBR World Finals.

Other than that I have seen enough overseas destinations through work and they no longer interest me.

Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 20:02

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 20:02
Have you done any 4wding in:

Arizona / New Mexico / Utah ?
Iceland ?
Namibia ?
Jordon ?

Leaves the Ozzie deserts far behind (in my opinion).

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Follow Up By: Rumbler - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:43

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:43
Thanks everyone for comments
Will keep everyone informed when we get our web site up.
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Reply By: greenman - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:28

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:28
Hi Rumbler

I and my partner are 50/52 respectively and could be interested. Can you tell me how much you expect this to cost you?

I have a 2000 Discovery Td5. Sounds like it could be a real experience, just the thing I've been dreaming about.

cheers

Daryl
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Follow Up By: Rumbler - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:41

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:41
I have some answers, but probably more questions.
We should take this off-line.
My email address is roymcdowell@hotmail.com.
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:29

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:29
Go to Members Trips and Gatherings.

Chris D from Newcastle is already in the planning stages of a trek from Vladivostok to St Petersburg next year.

I would have loved to have done something like that but have left it too late. Will have to stick to extreme treks around Oz instead.

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Follow Up By: Rumbler - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:42

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:42
Thanks
Already in touch & part of his network.
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 16:35

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 16:35
Hi Rumbles
Have a look at this site may be some useful info these guys travelled from the UK to NZ overlandhttp://www.overland-underwater.com
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Follow Up By: Rumbler - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:45

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:45
Thanks
Looked at sometime ago. Probably finished by now.
Many other's a re doing what we want to do, either way.
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Reply By: gilghana - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 00:04

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 00:04
You might also try putting the question on
www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/

Although the site is geared at Motorbikes it is really one of the best sites for overland travel of any sort, and you can get a huge amount of trip planning/paperwork information there - give it a try!

Gil
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Follow Up By: Rumbler - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:47

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:47
Yes thanks
I did look at this, got a lot of the basic "atmosphere" sorted, but now into specifics.
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Reply By: cruisen tom - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 12:28

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 12:28
G'day Rumbler, Back in 1959 as a 23 year old together with 4 mates we had all been in U.K. and Europe on a working holiday we acquired 5, 175ccs. Lambrettas and rode them back to Melbourne. Unfortunately I only got to New Delhi, contracted Jaundice and was put in hospital for four weeks while the others kept on.I would be interested in knowing the costings you've made and who knows. We have a 4.2 turbo Patrol '99 vintage with 195000 kms.up. I reckon it would make the journey probably with a roof top tent.
Please let me know. I would love to do it. swmbo is luke warm about such a trip. Guess it comes down to can we afford it.
rgds. Tom
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Follow Up By: Rumbler - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:49

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 13:49
Too bad about your illness. What a bummer.
Yes intent to do it, a lot of basic research already done, but now looking for serious partners to share the load & link-up with.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 16:05

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 16:05
We have just had two couples from our local 4wd club return from doing this exact trip.
I've already given mike the contact details.
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