Preparing for the Journey of a Lifetime
PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME
Celebrate the Journey
Most of the suggestions and advise in this planning section are for overlanders planning to journey across Africa or truly off the beaten track and through areas not found in travel or guidebooks. Some areas we traveled through we had been advised by foreign affairs against travel, but we had no option, as there was no alternative route.
We strongly recommend that travel advisories be taken seriously and alternative routes be discussed with your home country consulate located in the foreign country before setting off. It is good to know and understand the reason behind the warnings.
This planning document does not have all the lists of things to take or do rather it has points and issues for you to take into consideration when planning an overland trip.
Each overland journey is unique and your decisions have to be based on your specific chosen route and your own needs identified not necessarily what others are recommending. The more remote the location is or if your accessibility to assistance is zero the more thorough planning is needed. Remember there are no 911 in many areas of the world. You will be on your own and without immediate access to assistance.
It has been our experience that even overlanders going into the same location, on the same route, across the same borders have different do’s and don’t The suggestions and advice below are based on our travel experience only and are not intended to be comprehensive or applicable to all overland journeys. We had tons of fun but also some interesting and at times quite frightening experiences but our detailed planning helped us get ourselves out of most predicaments. You can never plan too much. Ask questions from several sources again and again until you are sure you are making the right decision. And remember planning can be just as much fun as the journey, so enjoy.