The Route

Wondering where we’re going and where we’ve been? So are we! Here’s what we’re doing and how we’re doing it with a nifty route map too.

Mad or Nomad Route Map
This was our original route map before we left on January 1st 2018

The plan

The plan is to ride round-the-world and explore.

But the world isn’t that easy when it comes to vehicle paperwork. Some countries require ridiculously expensive documents and some won’t let you in without a compulsory guide (like China and Myanmar).

So, our route is going to be a little messy. We don’t want to miss anywhere out and will double-back on ourselves by shipping the bike backwards to start a new route.

We’ll also ship our motorcycle ahead and store it so we can buy, sell, and rent other bikes to avoid fees in some countries and backpack through others.

We’re going to travel that way because we don’t want to just tick countries of a list.

We want to really get to know a place before we move on and that means spending time there and travelling overland.

And we hope the guides, blogs and travel tips we write on each country we travel through will help you explore those places too!

Mad or Nomad Route Map May 2020
This is our latest map as of September 2020. The red route is what we've completed and the blue route is what's left to go.

We aim to do the trip in one go, but have split it into sections here to make it easier to follow and plan

STAGE 1: UK to Japan: COMPLETE (January 1 2018 – January 1 2019)

  • Europe, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea.

STAGE 2: Cambodia to Australia (The Covid pandemic has put a pause on this section while we’re in Thailand)

  • Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand

STAGE 3: North America to South America

  • Northern tip of Alaska, USA to southern tip of Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina, South America

STAGE 4: South Africa to North Africa

  • As many countries as we can in Africa and the surrounding islands

STAGE 5: Spain to Nordkapp

  • Europe, Balkans, Eastern and Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia

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