Mongol Rally Madness.

Part of team Mongolistic 4

Mongol Rally Madness.

It’s been official for a while, but I feel that it’s about time for the big announcement. This summer, starting July 19th, I will be participating in the Mongol Rally, an adventure that stretches from England to Mongolia in about four weeks.

Ever since I first heard of the Mongol Rally, I knew I wanted to one day participate in it. I didn’t know how it would happen, but I knew eventually it would. Then, this summer, while in Montreal together, Lauren and I had a discussion about the Rally, and she asked me if I was interested in doing it with her. I was nervous and hesitated in my response, but also saw it as my opportunity to make a dream a reality. This could be the only time the chance was offered, and I wanted to make sure I took it.

Eventually, the two of us met up in New York City with Mike, who Lauren had connected with at TBEX, and our plans began to unfold over drinks, and of course, mustaches.

Part of team Mongolistic 4

Our Plan:
We’ll be starting off in England on our way to Mongolia, and right now, we are planning on taking the middle route, which means we will be passing through France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. These plans could change, especially concerning the current relations between Russia and Ukraine, but there are alternate routes, one involving Turkey, so while it could be different than we planned, I wouldn’t be too disappointed.

Who Else is on My Team?
You already know a lot about me, but here’s what you need to know about my Mongolistic 4 teammates.

Lola

Lauren, or LOLA, of Lola’s Travels earned this cheeky nickname due to her infectious and spirited ways. She’s a fun-loving traveler with a flair for finding adventure and spreads humor, charm and joie de vivre everywhere she goes. With a light and entertaining way about her, Lola is always looking for unique experiences that blend the perfect mix of practicality with fun. Her favorite thing to collect while traveling, outside of gold charms for her charm bracelet, are friendships.

 

Mike

 Mike Choi, The Fit World Traveler, is the ringleader of the Mongolistic Four, who with incredible organizational skills and determination rallied this group together.  He is also a fitness enthusiast who partakes in Crossfit work outs and is always looking to visit affiliates while on the road.  Mike is determined to keep up with his Crossfit work outs, even during the journey through Central Asia.  He’s confident the team has what it takes to break through any challenge they meet on the road to Mongolia.

 

Brandon

Brandon Hyde’s thirst for adventure has become nearly an obsession. Brandon’s past adventures include training as a professional classical singer, paying off college through owning a lemonade stand, finding a new passion in Obstacle Course Racing, and discovering a near obsession with studying/ experiencing other cultures. His new focus is on the creation and completion of his bucket list. After the rally, Brandon intends to spend  the  next  few years teaching abroad.

 

Our Car

2001 Mazda Demio

Mike headed off to England in the beginning of the year to find us a car, and ended up with a 2001 Mazda Demio. I have no idea what that means, but I do know that it’s stick shift and has no air conditioning. Oh, and it’s also built for England, which means everything is on the other side. I’ve driven on the other side of the road before, while in New Zealand, but, I have no idea how to drive stick. Cars are also not my specialty, but I’m assuming that after this summer, I’ll pretty much know how to drive and fix anything. At least, that’s my hope.

How You Can Help:
Although we have our car, we’re looking for help to pay for gas along the way. Mike totaled up the expected cost, leaving room for unexpected detours, and all in all it will cost us about $1,600. We are running a fundraiser to collect funds, and for each person that donates $25, we will send a post card from wherever we fill up throughout the journey. Since we’ll be passing through about fifteen countries throughout Europe and Central Asia, it’s sure to be from a country none of your friends have post cards from. Just click on the link in the side bar, or here, if you’re interested in helping us along this crazy journey of ours.

Don’t have the money to donate? No problem! You can still follow along on our Mongol Rally adventure on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We are looking forward to having you with us for the ride.

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Comments (12)

  1. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Madness indeed – but of the good kind!! Can’t wait to read about your adventures!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Can’t wait to share them with you, Raul!

  2. lola

    OMG i’m so excited and nervous all in one!! thank you for agreeing on this crazy adventure with me 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks for inviting me along! (I feel the same way!)

  3. Britany

    That’s almost exactly the route we did, but we had to bail last minute on Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan when we started to run short on time to make our flights. My one piece of advice is to leave more time than you think you’ll need and to double check your visa dates a bagillion times. (I swear we did that and STILL screwed up and all had different dates for Turkmenistan, another reason we had to skip it.)

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!!!

  4. Vanessa

    This is the definition of something I greatly admire but would never do in a million years! ha h ha! I know absolutely ZERO about cars and car repairs but I have a suggestion – why not find a friendly neighbourhood mechanic and offer to swap your services in social media and blog writing for a few lessons in the basics of car repairs (changing tires, replacing spark plugs, what to do during over heating). If you all did that with a different mechanic you would have a ton of assorted car fixing skills between the four of you for all those unexpected moments.

  5. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. Your middle route sounds great.

  6. Mike

    I think we have a nice complement of skill sets within the team. I’m pretty pumped up about it. hopefully we’re ready to roll with the punches and make it to Mongolia.

  7. @mrsoaroundworld

    You two are mad!! Have made my donation and will be following this madness closely!!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks so much for the donation, Ana! We are a bit mad, but the best people are, right? Haha

  8. Deanna

    This is going to be an amazing experience for you! As someone who won’t be taking trips to those places, I am super excited to get to read about them on the world wanderer blog!

  9. Francesca

    I would LOVE to do the Mongol Rally one day, too. Mongolia is on my bucket list, so…

    Quite a team you’ve assembled here! Seems that with Lauren’s whimsy and Mike’s practicality, you all will enjoy the perfect mix of fun and business. Only thing is I wish I were going with you.

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