In a few years' time I plan to take a year off to travel round Eurasia slowly, hopefully getting to the great spaces of Mongolia. Though exactly where and exactly when is not settled, I am hoping to take wife, two daughters and two best friends to make a two vehicle convoy.
In the meantime we have been doing small work-up trips since my youngest was born, with a round-Europe trip a possibility this year. We intend to gradually make these more ambitious until we decide whether the big trip is realistic or not.
I am keen to take my daughters at the right age to best benefit them and all of us while not affecting schooling too much. My wife remains heathily sceptical, but has been enthusiastic with the camping trips so far. Our best friends are also a major factor, not least because one is a medic, the other a school teacher and both work in child health. Finally you
need plenty of money for these things.
Although our plans for the big trip are non-existent so far, my thinking is to run with a loose itinerary around a small number of places each of us wants to visit, have timetables set by visa's, and climate, run vehicles prepared for most eventualities, have all of us well trained and practiced (first aid, vehicle maintenance, off-road driving, a choice of languages), and that is about it.
I am very much looking forward to sharing ideas and experiences on this forum and if it lives up to the technically authoritative LR4x4.com, it will be a truly valuable resource.
PS Anyone have a robust expedition tent which can be used on the ground and as a roof tent ?