Update: Overland to Oz

by Anna Blanch on January 7, 2012

Where to start?

So a few people have have been asking about what will be happening to the Overland to Oz trip now that I’m heading back to Australia in a few months.

Firstly, let’s talk about physics. I can’t be in two places at once. It is unfortunate, really.

Secondly, sometimes in order to keep the integrity of a a dream you have to take a detour or two.

I’d recently decided I needed to delay the trip because i realised that I really did want to keep the integrity of the train +ship/ferry aspect of things. Seeing as the part from Asia to Australia presents significant issue, not least cost, I had decided I wanted to do further research/nail that part down. The cargo ship/freighter option is the most expensive (unless I try to convince one of the transpacific cruise liners to let me on board for only part of the trip) – in fact theat one leg by freighter will cost more than the trip combined.

So, with both regret and excitement and a little joy that i’m keeping this dream alive, I’ve decided that I really want to do this trip the whole way with ship + train, but that I do not want to compromise my safety in order to do it.The Asian archipelagos are not always the most conducive to safe sea voyages, hence the freighter option being the most efficient approach. Equally, at this point, I haven’t found a vessel that regularly sails to Australia (there was one, but it doesn’t run any longer) that advertises guest berths. There is a vessel that sails to New Zealand, however.

I’m still committed to this adventure. All that has changed is the date of the itinerary.

I will still be researching the trip as before and providing semi-regular updates about that research. I would still very much appreciate any advice/suggestions you might have for where I should go, what I should prioritize seeing, and any practical advice on undertaken such a journey as this.

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

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Traveller. 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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