Maps and More Maps

For me the planning is as much a part of the journey. There will be many, maps here – most of which I’ve made using few map making tools. If it’s not mine, there’ll be a link citing where it’s from.

This is the current plan….the maps are likely to change as the planning progress. If you’d like more of an overview see the post where I ask whether I’m barmy? and the Overland to Oz page.

Stage 1: St Andrews, Scotland to Amsterdam, Netherlands (Via Newcastle, England).

Stage 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands to Minsk, Belarus (via Warsaw)

stage 3: Minsk to Moscow

Stage 4: Moscow to Vladivostock

Map: On the Level

Stage 5: Vladivostock to Sapporo, Japan

Stage 5b: Sapporo to Okinawa, Japan

B and C on the above map

Stage 6: Okinawa, Japan to Shanghai, China

C and D on the above map

Stage 7: Shanghai, China to Hong Kong

did you know google still allows a search for Hong Kong, United Kingdom. Seriously!? I didn’t until i needed to make this map. Makes me even more convinced that the activism campaign to have google maps recognise Southern Sudan as an independent nation even more necessary (/end of political rant).

Stage 8: Hong Kong to Hanoi, Vietnam

Stage 9: Hanoi, Vietnam to Singapore via Cambodia and Thailand.

throughout this process i’m discovering much to my quiet twinkling smirkiness, that google isn’t everywhere; it’s no good for directions in russia, china, or between Hong Kong and Vietnam!

Stage 10: Singapore to Cairns


Stage 11: Cairns to Brisbane

Stage 12: Brisbane to Tamworth, via Maitland

map from: Rail Maps

Anyone who can read a rail map is going to be able to work out that I’m going to need to go south to go north. It’ll add probably a day extra to the trip, but on the upside, I will be able to spend time with one of my sisters who lives not far from Maitland before I then head north for the final leg of the journey.


So that’s the way it looks so far. If you have any suggestions with regard to route or things I should do or people I should meet with along the way I’d love to hear them. The Overland to Oz page has an overview of the idea and links to other pages and information.

Listening. Observing. 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.