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Planning our own Long Way Down through Africa

Posted by Aaron in Planning on 10 20th, 2009


One of the places I am looking forward to visiting is Africa. I have always been interested in Africa. My brother and I once ate Burger King everyday on vacation to collect Lion King trading cards because we loved safari animals. Two years ago, I was amazed by the stories and photographs of my aunt’s safari to Kenya and Tanzania. My most recent inspiration came from Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s excellent Long Way Down travel documentary. Watching Ewan and Charley travel the length of Africa on their motorcycles opened my eyes to the diversity of Africa. I loved watching the people, wildlife, and environment change as they rode across the entire continent. I have seen Long Way Down twice now, and every time I think about it I get more excited to explore Africa. Long Way Down, and the similar Long Way Round, are two of the biggest influences in my desire to go on this around the world trip.

After Europe, it seems to make sense to head down into Africa to fulfill my dream. I would like to follow the route Ewan and Charley used to travel from Tunisia to South Africa by land, but I know without motorcycles this will be impossible. I am quickly finding planning a route through Africa is going to be a lot more difficult than it was in Europe. The travel infrastructure is not as good and some countries will be off limits to us. Right now I am relying on Wikitravel to help me piece together the methods of travel available to us. We would like to fly as little as possible, but we expect to fly a few times in order to reach all of our African destinations.

My list of places to visit currently looks like this (roughly ordered in the order we will visit) :

  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Madagascar

That list is definetely open for revision. One of the great things I learned from Long Way Down is there are so many wonderful places to explore and people to meet between the traditional destinations.

Planning for Africa is going to be a challenge, but the more I research the more I get excited.

Check out Long Way Down for yourself and prepare to get inspired to visit Africa.

Great Advice from Amanda of The Lost Girls!

Posted by Christy in Planning on 10 19th, 2009

Hello, trackers! (Oh my god, I just came up with that! That is SO CUTE!)

I am pleased to bring you some great tips from one of my favorite travel writers thus far, Amanda of the Lost Girls. Amanda traveled the globe in 2006 and 2007 with a couple friends. Their blog at is fabulous, and it has helped Aaron and I immensely in our preparation for world travels. The Lost Girls also have a book coming out in 2010.

I wrote to Amanda asking her for some advice. What should be expect? What countries cannot be missed? What can we simply not the leave the country without?

Here are some tips that she gave to me. I think if any other RTW planners stumble upon our site, they will find this useful:

1.) Travel Insurance is a MUST.

2.) We will NOT need a fancy water purifier (Which I was going to ask for for Christmas.)

3.) A lot of time spent on the road is planning the next step.

4.) Laos and New Zealand are two countries that should not be missed.

Thanks for the excellent advice, Amanda!