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Azerbaijan, Land of Fire and Speed Cameras

Azerbaijan, Land of Fire and Speed Cameras

I arrived at the Azerbaijan border and passed through the Georgian side in 5 minutes. Then began the queuing for Azerbaijan. It wasn’t moving fast so I settled in for a wait. A friendly local chap introduced himself and we passed the time with him teach me introductory Azerbaijani lingo. Overall it took about 2.5hrs to get through the border controls. I had to pay $65 for insurance and $40 for road tax. They had a look through the...

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Visas – What do you need know before you drive to China?

Visas – What do you need know before you drive to China?

Since last year I’ve been researching the visa requirements. I thought I’d describe the requirements for the outward leg of my journey. Ground work The research pointed to doing it a number of ways. Get the visas before I left or on the road. As I have an ambitious plan to see as many countries as possible allied to a tight timeframe, I decided to apply in advance so I didn’t have to wait for applications to be processed....

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What sort of insurance do you need for an overland trip?

What sort of insurance do you need for an overland trip?

When preparing for a journey across Central Asia insurance is one of those things that needs to be considered carefully. Due to the number of countries involved (somewhere between 30-40) getting the right insurance is key. I did a fair amount of research and spoke to a number of other travellers before I finally created the best solution for me. There are a number of different types you need to consider. Vehicle insurance, 3rd party...

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Departure is Delayed!!

Departure is Delayed!!

It’s bloodly difficult to go on an overland vehicle journey when your vehicle is not ready to go. What do you do when you have a major fail in your preparation? Hang your head in your hands? Get angry? Kick something? Accept it as part of the process and continue moving forward? All of the above? Those are some of the phases I’ve been through this week. Last Tuesday I headed off to have the final pre-expedition vehicle checks...

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How to Film an Overland Journey

How to Film an Overland Journey

After the first film workshop I learnt there was an awful lot more to do if I was going to film the journey properly. I decided I need some more of Phil’s time. Since the first session I’ve been fortunate to welcome Joby Newsom onboard as part of the UK-based team. Joby is interested in adventure filming and has volunteered to help the expedition filming side. Recently Joby and I headed for Cambridge for another day of Phil...

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Landcruisers Are Built For Off Roading!!

Landcruisers Are Built For Off Roading!!

Last week it was time to step up the vehicle preparation. More camping and the big test, an off-road training session. Nathan, Boris and myself headed to the British coast in Sussex near Arundel to meet up with off-roading legend John Morgan (www.4x4driving.co.uk) for a day on his off-road course along with some winch and hi-jack training. The session was designed to test Boris’ capabilities and for me to get some experience using...

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