Hey friends! We are Alesha (Lesh) and Jarryd (Jazza), a couple of young Australians who are addicted to adventure travel. We’ve been exploring the world together for over 6 years, and have decided to take our next backpacking mission to a whole new level!
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We are attempting to travel overland from Thailand to South Africa, without using any air transportation. We have a slow style of travelling and an open-ended schedule so realistically we expect this adventure to take upwards of three years.
It took us longer than expected, but after two years we have finally crossed the Asian continent! We spent 14 months in South East Asia, and riding motorbikes for 10 of those months. Then it was through China for four months, with a few detours to Hong Kong and Macau. Our plans changed (as usual) and suddenly we found ourselves travelling across Mongolia over two months via hitchhiking, bus, horse and camel. Then it was time to tackle intrepid Central Asia. We found ourselves in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, jumped on a cargo ship and sailed across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan (an 18 hour journey that ended up taking 92 hours). Finally it was through Georgia and into Turkey, where we crossed the Bosphorus Strait and officially entered Europe.
So what now?
From here our plans are up in the air (no surprise there), but we have plans to backtrack on ourselves a bit and visit Iran and Afghanistan before tackling Eastern Europe throughout 2016. Then it will be onto the final and toughest leg of our entire adventure – Africa.
In 2017 we’ll end up ship hopping to get us to Egypt and stated overlanding down the East Coast of Africa, before eventually arriving in our ultimate destination: Cape Town, South Africa.
From there, who knows?
Of course every part of this adventure is subject to change due to security concerns in many of the countries we plan on visiting. The amount of research we have conducted (and continue to conduct) has been huge and we are not attempting this route with an ignorant mindset. Learning from people who have actually travelled to these regions, instead of relying solely on media and government warnings, we know most of these countries are as safe to travel in as Europe or North America.
The goal is to bring our NOMADasaurus concept of promoting sustainable, long-term adventure travel with us across the globe, through photography and journalism. By continuing to write for this site, and other publications we freelance for, we aim to entertain, inspire and educate along the way by documenting our first-hand experiences.
There is nothing set in concrete on this adventure. No confirmed itinerary, no definite mode of transport, no schedule to follow. We will travel free and easy, open to all worthwhile distractions that present themselves to us during the journey.
Join us as we embark on this truly epic adventure!