The long way around

This is a rough map showing the route my trip will take me. It is not definitive yet, and my path will adapt as I study more the places I want to see, the climate, where I can catch a boat, etc… Also the driving conditions, and the visa situations, especially in Africa, are strong factors of changes.

I hope to be in Buenos Aires in February 2010, in North Africa in May, cross Iran in July, in Asia in September. But obviously, this is just ballpark estimates. Some countries I want to cross pretty quickly, like Nigeria or Pakistan. Others should be more pleasant, and I hope to be able to take some rest in Argentina, or Thailand.

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Anyhow, if you have intimate knowledge of some of the countries I will cross, please post some tips here. I will also be looking for some places I can spend the night, occasionally, so contacts are welcome.

The next episode

My name is Nicolas Rapp. I’m born in 1976 in the suburbs of Paris, France, and I am now an Art Director at The Associated Press in New York.

I started this blog to relate how I decided to quit my job and start one of the last and most crazy adventure there is: Drive a car around the world.

The goal is to drive when it’s possible, and when it’s not, to put the car on a boat and sail to the next available place. The timeframe is approximately one year.

The departure and arrival point is New York City, USA, the city where I lived for many years. The route is simple. Cross Central America, jump the Darien Gap, and South America down to Buenos Aires, Argentina. From there, sail to South Africa, come back up to Paris, France to get some paperwork done, then go east through Eastern Europe, Iran, Pakistan, India, sail to avoid Myanmar, visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia, and sail back to the U.S.

So that’s it, now is the time to start a new episode of my life.