- THE PLAN -
The plan is essentially structured to visit places we've always wanted see and to try and avoid the wet seasons (where possible).
Although this is our preferred path it's definitely not concrete; we're approaching this completely open to new experiances which may present themselves on the road.
The current route plan will see the journey start from our humble little home in Cottesloe, Western Australia. From here we will travel north through the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, southeast down the Tanami Track to Alice Springs, north to East Arnhem Land and then on to Darwin, where we'll ship the car to Timor-Leste. We will make the short 45 minute flight to Dili and meet our car/home there after a few days at sea. From here, we'll drive west and island hop our way through Indonesia through to Sumatra. We aim to spend as long in Indonesia as our visas allow us.
Once we reach Medan, North Sumatra, we will need ship the car to Port Klang, Malaysia, and we'll jump on a short flight and meet the car there.
Through South East Asia, the route will take up through the south coast of Thailand to Cambodia, then up through Laos, back into Thailand and over to Myanmar, where you're required to travel as part of an organised self drive group.
We'll then work our way through India, Pakistan, China, Central Asia a.k.a "The Stans" (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) and Iran, through to Turkey.
The plan for Europe is still very loose. The idea is to basically drive up the middle to Norway, and see where the road takes us on the way, and then back down making our way to Spain, which on the way Mark plans to show Jolie where he spent a winter in the French Alps.
From Spain we'll drive back up to Calais, France and get the train over to the U.K., our final destination!
Hopefully we can stretch this trip out as long as possible, as it's only so often between life's commitments that we get the chance to spend this much time exploring.
From London, well I suppose we'll just have to wait and see!