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Place your bets now ladies and gents

Whenever we tell people about our trip, there is always the moment where the conversation turns to kilometers.

How many kilometers do we think we need to drive to get us from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to London in the UK…

I don’t know if you have tried this yet, but go to Google maps and type in Kuala Lumpur as your starting point and London as your destination and hit ‘Directions’. You will see it should only take us 179 hours to drive this and only 14.414km! So we could be in London in a week if we would drive 24 hours a day, at an average of just over 100km an hour. Ha!

Google route planning - no option to avoid war zones...

Google route planning – no option to avoid war zones…

If you look at the route Google shows you though, you’ll see we are planning a bit of a detour and the map we used to plot our route for the blog actually came up with a figure of 25.000km (so based on that we should be there in around a fortnight!).

So now we are going to turn the question around and ask you how many kilometers we will need to add to the odometer to get to London!

When you do your calculations make sure you add a bit of a margin to allow for some adventures off the direct route too as the total driven number of kilometers will include driving into cul-de-sacs, up mountains and back down and being lost in a big city for a few hours trying to find the way out.

When we get Lara out of the container we will let you know the odometer reading and we’ll take a photo when we reach the destination of our expedition at the Royal Geographic Society in London. A place where many other historically important expeditions have also either started or finished, including the famous Shackleton Expedition for the race to the South Pole.

odometer at start

odometer at start

So, leave your bets in the comments below and we will find a suitable prize for the person closest to the actual number at the end!

Entry conditions:

  • Only one bet per person
  • Minimum age: 2 years old. Yep that’s 2 and not a typo, we want to make sure we get a bet from Sophie (Jon’s youngest niece) and Jens (Jude’s youngest nephew) as well!
  • Bets must be placed before April Fools Day!!

Dates, not of the eating variety but the calendar ones, for our trip

Already promised we would post these a while back. As you can imagine, these dates are a rough guide. They are the dates we are basing our visas on (although we will try to make these overlap as much as we can). Obviously if we are meeting up with you we will make sure we are there on that date!

  • Malaysia – end of Feb until 8 March (depending on shipping date and arrival of cars in KL)
  • Thailand – 8 March until 28 March
  • Cambodia – 28 March until 17 April
  • Laos – 17 April until 7 May
  • China – 7 May until 28 June
  • Mongolia – 28 June until 5 July
  • Russia (Lake Baikal area) – 5 July until 12 July
  • Mongolia – 12 July until 2 August
  • Russia – 2 August until 9 August
  • Kazakhstan – 9 August until 29 August
  • Kyrgyzstan – 29 August until 18 September
  • Tajikistan – 18 September until 8 October
  • Uzbekistan – 8 October until 28 October
  • Turkmenistan – 28 October until 4 November
  • Iran – 4 November until 18 November
  • Turkey – 18 November until 2 December
  • Greece – 2 December until ???
  • Adriatic Coast – ???
  • via Italy and South of France up to The Netherlands and the UK – this will be done relatively quickly from the moment we leave the Adriatic Coast.

As we can’t organise our visas for Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Iran before we leave these dates might stretch a bit (as we don’t need to organise a visa before arrival in Turkey). We might also have to use one of our alternate routes if we can’t get a visa for Iran so that end of the trip is slightly less certain on dates.

We’d love to see you on our trip somewhere, but keep in mind we don’t have a spare seat in the car! You’ll have to be independent in terms of transport – rent a car or motorbike perhaps? 🙂 Itineraries within each country are still completely open to suggestions as we won’t be planning much (read nothing at all) before we leave!