Overland to Oz: When planning gets real

by Anna Blanch on April 7, 2012

As I mentioned last time around, I love reflecting on the countries around the world where people are reading Goannatree. Sometimes it kind of blows my mind to consider that you might be reading this, like others have in the last three days, from : Germany, France, Japan, Italy, the Isle of Man, Phillipines, Netherlands, Slovakia, India, Belgium, Singapore, Turkey, Canada, USA, Australia, UK, Malaysia, Russia, Serbia, Finland, South Korea, South Africa, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jordan,  Bulgaria, Portugal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Armenia, United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, or maybe in Brazil, Romania or China. It makes the planning for Overland to Oz quite enjoyable. I especially enjoy the emails and messages I’ve been receiving with suggestions or encouragement or just offers of help. Thankyou!

So, after a few great questions on the last couple of planning posts, I realised that it was time to start breaking down the more detailed itinerary planning into segments or sectors. Then things got real. Yes, i realise many of you will dislike that the last sentence was a fragment. But, you’re got to have to live with it.

In breaking things down I’ve laid out a plan for an Itinerary Overview in 20 parts!

That is bordering on a little bigger than Ben Hur.

So here’s what I’ve broken things down into for the purposes of the overview and these posts will be coming soon. I’ve got a thesis to write, after all! In the meantime take a look at the embedded video at the bottom of the page will is always the most up-to-date version of the itinerary (in pretty interactive form). If you can’t wait, you can also take a look at the Overland to Oz homepage.

Itinerary Overview in 20 parts!

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: UK and Western Europe

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: A geography lesson on Eastern Europe

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Central Europe

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Eastern Europe

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Southeastern Europe

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Russia

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: A geography lesson on Eurasia

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Northern China and South Korea

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Japan

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Southern China and Hong Kong

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Eastern Thailand and Bangkok

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Myanmar (Burma)

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview:  Bangkok and Southern Thailand

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Singapore and Malaysia

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Indonesian Archipelago

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: West Papua and Papua New Guinea

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Northern Queensland

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: Southern Queensland and Brisbane

Overland to Oz Itinerary Overview: New South Wales

Once these posts are finished and up, I’ll update them (or provide posts which update each of them) so that it becomes a dynamic way of tracking the itinerary and planning changes. This is an experimental way of doing things for me, so i’m making things up as I go along.

I also should have a meet the team post ready to go in the next couple of weeks which will be filled with the names, faces, and bios of some of the immensely talented people who’ve been helping me with the process and who will serving as contact points while i’m traveling.

Here’s the interactive video itinerary (updated) as promised:

 

Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.

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Traveler. Scholar. Photographer. Writer. Dreamer. Teacher. Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. Overland to Oz is a crazy adventure marked with photos and word and inspired by the incredible women in Anna’s family, especially her late grandmother, whom she knew as Nan-Nan.

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