My initial route plan is as follows:
Section 1: Starting from the UK to Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
This initial stage will be relatively easy I think. I have travelled in Europe plenty of times in my life, some of them hugely entertaining and full of brightly coloured memories. I donít expect a border check until entry to Greece which will be the 2nd boat trip of the journey after the channel crossing.
Section 2: Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, China, Pakistan, India Nepal.
This I expect to be the toughest challenge of the whole journey. Numerous travel references to the problems getting around Russia point to a problematic section, but Volgograd should be a highlight and has been on my must see list for a long time. Kazkhstan will be a wild adventure and then there is the Karakorum Highway. Known to overlanders as the KKH I look forwards to being enlightened and inducted into that fabled group of travellers. Pakistan and Indiaís logistics and scary roads will be a madhouse of cultural clashes before the calm is restored in Nepal. Getting out might prove more tricky!
Section 3: Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia. My brother lives in Ho Ci Min City so a visit to Vietnam has to be included. Before travelling down through the exotic lands of Indonesia
Section 4: Australia , New Zealand. A friend of mine lives in Melbourne and is planning to fly up to Darwin to meet me then travel back through Aus. I expect to be there around Christmas 2014 and fly my daughter out to meet for a antipodean Christmas celebration. If time and funds allow I really want to visit New Zealand while I'm at that corner of the globe.
Section 5 : USA. Landing on the west coast, my initial thought was to follow route 66, but having watched a few programs about how a lot of the old route has been diverted or turned into a freeway I am thinking about exploring the south a bit more. But plenty of time to figure that out.