While travelling by air has become common nowadays since it makes going from point A to point B faster and cheaper, nothing really beats the experience of undergoing an overland adventure, especially one that takes days – even months – to complete.
Jetlag is less likely to happen since your body travels through time more slowly and, best of all, your senses get treated to a wide array of cultures, people and marvelous sites, both natural and man-made.
If you would like to experience a one-of-a-kind trip that will surely get your head spinning – in a good way – because there is just so much beauty to take in, below are a few of the world’s best overland trips you should try at least once in your lifetime:
The Silk Road from Bishkek to Istanbul
The Silk Road has played a very important role in connecting traders, merchants, monks, pilgrims, soldiers and nomads in the East and the West in many different periods of time.
One popular route for exploring the Silk Road is from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan to Istanbul in Turkey. This historic trail usually takes more than a month to complete and provides the adventurer with a taste of various types of accommodations such as bush camps, homestay, guest houses, hotels and hostels, overnight ferries and yurts. This is definitely an all-in-one overland adventure package you would not want to miss, though it’s certainly recommended to do it with a Silk Road specialist like this who can tell you the history along the way so you truly get the most out of the trip.
Campervanning Around Australia
Overland adventures in Australia are quite different from other countries in that it can usually take you up to four days just to get from one city to another. It is often recommended to rent a campervan (like one of these cool campers!) even if you decide to stay less than eight weeks in Australia but if you decide to stay for more than four months, buying one may be a more cost-effective option.
Finally decided to go on a campervan tour in Australia? Don’t miss out on driving along the 90-Mile Highway – officially called Eyre Highway – which is the longest straight road in Australia. It can get boring though, with just a plain treeless sight to greet you for miles and miles. Do bring your essentials and some mechanical know-how, just in case your campervan breaks down in this long, unbending road. If you make it to the other end it will feel like on of the most surreal experiences you’ve ever had.
Eastern Europe by Train
A train ride across Eastern Europe ranks as one of the most popular train routes in the world. But why not take the plane or even the car? Planes can only get you from point A to point B – thus you miss out on the often more wonderful sights in between those places. As for cars – well, driving around European city centers may not be your best option if a relaxing vacation is what you are after.
The best thing about getting around Europe in a train is that you get to explore not just many different cities but many different countries as well. The easiest and most budget friendly way to do this would be to get a rail pass which can give you unlimited train rides on the national rail network in multiple countries for a certain period of time.
So, have you decided on an overland adventure yet?