Overland to Oz

“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.”~ Paul Fussell As I mentioned in a previous post, delineating […]


Travelling Light

by Anna Blanch on June 2, 2012

I have plans to pack and travel as light as possible on the overland to Oz trip. But, this nomadic summer is also an opportunity to travel very light. I left australia with very little luggage. One small cabin bag sized suitcase weighing 12kgs and a laptop bag/large handbag as in the photo above. I’m […]


A Geography Lesson on Eastern Europe

by Anna Blanch on May 5, 2012

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine So last week I wrote about my itinerary for the UK and Western Europe. I initially thought the next post (this one) would be about my itinerary in Eastern Europe and that’s what I got schooled. I began […]

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Overland to Australia: The List

by Anna Blanch on April 21, 2012

This is a preliminary list of places to visit and things to do on this Overland to Oz trip. I would love any suggestions you might have. I will endeavour to include a link to the blog or twitter for all those who’ve made suggestions. I’d love more things to read about and research.Have you […]


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, […]


Evolution of an Itinerary

by Anna Blanch on February 11, 2012

I started with something like this: Then I modified the Eastern European leg of the trip, in a post titled Krakow for the win… But the latest changes are the most significant and some of them deserve posts of their own. Before I get to that I’ve put together a snazzy animated map, and have […]

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Pondering Nepal

by Anna Blanch on February 4, 2012

I’ve been thinking alot about changing or adding destinations to the overland to oz itinerary – it is still very much a work in progress. In light of discussions with a development organization the idea of adding Nepal came up. I hadn’t really thought about how that would look on a map – so the […]

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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 […]


It’s all relative

November 5, 2011

Saturday is Overland to Oz post/planning day: this week, a little musing on why for me distance is relative and why being Australia might have a little to do with that. If you want to see maps of the trip i have planned, take a look here and here. Australia is big. It’s hard to […]

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Krakow for the win…

October 15, 2011

It’s Saturday, so it’s time for another Overland to Oz planning post. Overland to Oz is still mulling around my head as I begin to plan, draw upon contacts and think about the broader purposes and inclination for this trip. I’ve been thinking about education & encouragement & community. Some things are beginning to to […]

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