Nicole and Martin’s Overland Adventure
In June 2010 we set out to travel around the world overland, in a Toyota Land Cruiser, across 5 continents, 47 countries, and cover a distance of over 100,000kms.
Part 1 UK to Sydney Australia
Crossing 32 countries, through Europe, Central Asia, Pakistan, India and South East Asia.
Part 2 Alaska to Argentina
Crossing 15 countries, from Alaska down to Canada, USA, Central America and on to South America.
Part 3 Africa to UK
East or West TBC
Who are we?
Nicole & Martin, Pharmacist and Accountant, living in our beachside flat opposite the Boscombe surf reef in Bournemouth.
For the last few years Martin has been working in various places (midlands, London) whilst trying to balance an active life outside of work. Reaching the milestone of 30 in June and an attempt to rekindle his earlier youth and find some adventure in life, have culminated in his determination to make it round the world.
After a few years of work for me and maybe a decade more for Martin we decided it was time to give it all up in search of a once in a lifetime experience to find enlightenment and adventure in far off places!
We both wish to travel the world, and can’t wait to experience real life and culture in the places we visit. We agreed a gap year flying to the usual destinations was not right for us. For us to enjoy the places we are going to and have the freedom and time to savour it all, we decided to go overland!!
Martin has travelled quite a bit before throughout South America, the Middle East and Asia. In particular he loves Indonesia and would love to go back there to spend a few months diving. I, on the other hand have also travelled, but with no backpacking involved and all creature comforts included! So, it will be a step into the unknown….
Where are we going? Our Overland Route:
View Overland Adventure Route in a larger detailed map
We are setting off from Bournemouth, England and heading east overland for the distant shores of Australia. Wanting to make the most of it, we will be spending a couple of months travelling overland through Europe on our way to Turkey, where we will spend some time with Martin’s father who lives out there. From there we will head overland into Iran and Pakistan. Not known by many, Martin’s grandparents were actually born in Quetta, Pakistan. Depending on the local security at the time we will try to visit the places where his grandparents grew up.
Having Indian heritage, we intend to spend as much time as possible in India travelling as far south as Goa and as far north as Leh, in Kashmir.
From here we will try to travel overland through Nepal to Tibet, and through China to south east Asia. Then island to island to Dilli, where we will ship our vehicle to Darwin, Australia.
After spending 6-9 months touring Australia, we plan to ship to New Zealand and then on to the United States, where will will head north to Canada & Alaska before turning south towards Central & South America.
From Argentina we will ship our vehicle to South Africa where we will either travel the east or west coast route back to the UK.
Projects along the way
Latitudes of change
Hi I just saw your Land Cruiser entering Bogota. How long are you staying here? Please contacto so we can meet. MIguel 313 4412835 cel phone
Really cool website you have ! Loved reading about all of your travels.
I’m in the planning stages to do a trip from Singapore to Moscow in Series 3 Landrover. I’m planing to ship it to Singapore from New Zealand and start my trip there. March 2015
Do you have any good pointers or websites that I could look at to help me.
I have done a lot of traveling but I’m sick of planes & Airports so this is on my bucket list to do this before time prevents me. If you ever get to NZ please look me up.
Any help would be appreciated ! Regards Ray
Hi Nicole and Martin
It was a very pleasant surprise to see you on a world tour all by yourselves. It must have been very challenging one but We are very sure that you both will achieve the dreams of your lives. Hey Nicole I saw you as a Baby on photographs , now I’m very proud to note that YOU HAVE MADE US VERY PROUD as an AMBASSADOR OF PEACE . God Bless You both always and may He keep You Both very safely in His Care. WOW
Hope you are both having a great start to your trip!! This site is really cool!
Love from Jo xxxxxxxxxxxx
Thanks a lot guys!
have a good ans save trip!
see you on the road
I am Jorge from Spain and from two years ago i am travelling to do the world trip with my great partner Naranjito. A 80s citroen 2cv!.
Now iam in Malaysia trying to go to Indonesia but all the possibilities are too expensive for me until now.
Can you guys tell me how did you do? and betwen indonesian islands? Is easier? always by ferry car?
Thanks a lot for your help and congratulations for the fantastic adventure!!
all the best Jorge.
Hi George, check out the Hubb (http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/) there is lots of information on ferries between Malaysia and Sumatra, and details of the Penli island to island routes. Flights in Indonesia are also very cheap.
Hi Martin and Nicole.Time is near-Wishing you an amazing journey.
Keep your cool,Work together and Look After Each Other.
Stay safe and we will see you on route in Turkey late summer.
We are here for you if you need us.
Lots of love and best wishes,Dad and Pam xxx
wow nic i cannot believe you are doing this!it is sooo cool! really exciting! keep us updated via this website!xx
Have fun and don’t forget to enjoy every bit of your preparation. Don’t let people scare you! And know that most of the things you cannot figure out before hand and you will have to see how it goes on the way… Even if you know, things might change. Good luck and keep the rubber side down…
Fantastic taster post about the adventures that lay ahead for you both. The journey plan looks amazing and I know you will seek out rich, fulfilling experiences with every waking moment in the trip of a lifetime!