Posts Tagged ‘overland travel’

Amy & Wim

Amy and Wim Meeussen are newlyweds on an epic honeymoon: they’re cycling from Belgium to China. (Interview with Amy and Wim)

The World By Road

Steve Shoppman, Steve Bouey, and a changing crew of extras are on an epic road trip from New Zealand to New York, living out their dreams while raising awareness of the world’s diversity. (Interview with Steve Shoppman)

Flightless from England to Japan: Interview with Steve James

In 2005, Steve James travelled the world for a year – the kind of journey many would consider a 'once in a lifetime experience'. For Steve, it was just the beginning.

After returning to his home in the UK for 18 months, Steve took off late last year on another adventure: an flightless trek from England to Japan.

TravelBlogs caught up with Steve to learn more about his current trip and his love for travel in general.


Blogshank is the illustrated travel blog of Mike Smith. Mike spent 3 months travelling overland from London to Singapore and another 6 weeks in New Zealand – all of which he relates through simple, creative drawings. (Interview with Mike)

An Illustrator’s Travel Blog: Interview with Mike Smith

Since TravelBlogs launched in September last year, I've had the opportunity to discover many great travel blogs. Without fail, the bloggers behind these blogs have one key characteristic: they are all excellent storytellers.

Mike Smith is up there with the best, but his approach is unusual. A graphic designer and illustrator by trade, Mike decided the best way for him to share his travel tales was by doing what he does best: drawing. His blog, Blogshank, features illustrations he drew while travelling with his girlfriend from London to Singapore and through to New Zealand late last year.

In this interview with TravelBlogs, Mike shares why he decided to blog through illustrations and what the advantages and disadvantages of this approach are. He also tells us more about travelling overland through Europe, Asia and New Zealand.

Slow Travel

Ed and Fiona are on a Round the World trip with a twist: they won’t fly. They’ll take every mode of transport around and revel in the slow movement throughlandscape, culture, people and language – instead of passing over it all in an aluminium sausage. (Interview with Ed)

Kiwis Don’t Fly!

Dave Kidd is an adventurous Kiwi with a simple plan: to get from Dublin to Sydney without setting foot in a plane. (Interview with Dave)

An Adventure from Dublin to Sydney: Interview with Dave Kidd

Dave Kidd is an adventurer. A Kiwi Indiana Jones minus the hat and archaeological degree.

Earlier this year, he set out to get from Dublin to Sydney, with a single goal: not to fly. As he wrote: “Quite simple really enjoy a quiet Guinness at St James gate then travel South East by boat, bus, train, foot, donkey, camel, rikhaw until I can see the white curves of the Sydney opera house.” Quite simple indeed.

From a hot and muggy Varanasi, Dave wrote to tell me about how he has fared so far.

Gap Year in China: Interview with Huw

Taking a year out after high school? Sounds like a smart idea to me.

Huw is one 19-year old with the right idea: rather than launching into tertiary education, he's stepping out into the world on a year-long trip to China and back. From his home in the United Kingdom, he travelled east through Europe on the Trans-Siberian Railway, eventually arriving in Beijing a few weeks ago. To help fund his Gap Year, he's teaching English.

On the Trans-Siberian Railway

Paul Willis is on a 6,500-mile train journey from London to Tokyo. He’s accompanying his sister-in-law on her journey home after a car accident. Her injuries have ruled out plane travel for now, so they are taking the Trans-Siberian Railway instead.

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