Whilst messing about with the cooling system we fitted a Bushranger heat exchange hot water shower system. The water is pumped from a water tank mounted in the rear of the vehicle, through the heat exchanger. The temperature of the shower is controlled by the vehicles interior heater controls. The outlet is mounted on the front bumper so that the shower can be used in conjunction with our pop-up cabin tent.
The auxiliary electrical system powers our Waeco fridge, Viair tyre compressor, various LED lights and is often used to charge cameras and phones. The vehicle has an Odyssey PC deep cycle house battery. The battery can handle a slow discharge to flat and recharge as well as high cranking amps; this means in emergencies we can actually use it to start the car. We currently don't have a power inverter but we do have a mains extension lead that we can plug in at campsites.
We purchased the solar panel and regulator in Morocco, on a sunny day it dishes out enough power to keep the house battery charged whilst running the fridge and charging laptops and cameras. The solar regulator helps keep a watchful eye on the house battery voltage. We used to have an expensive split charge battery system. It worked amazingly for about a year and then died, leaving us stranded with 3 flat batteries and ruining the alternator in the process.
We now have a manually operated battery switch that links the house battery into the starter circuit, great for extra power when winching. When attached the house battery charges from the alternator circuit, handy when it's cloudy. Inside the vehicle we tried our best to make use of every available space. We installed a roof cargo net, torch mounts and removed all the interior plastics in the rear cargo area.
This opened up the spaces above the wheel arches, great for storing little used, but essential items. We utilised the inside of the rear doors for storing items too. Our most extravagant purchase was our Maggiolina Airtop roof tent.
Does anyone have any recommendations? Currently looking into converting a VW Transporter - reliable from what I've heard and could put a metal plate underneath to protect from damage when off road? Oh and positive only please, I've got mates who've done it in a black cab so putting some research into a decent vehicle should mean that the trip is entirely feasible. I have been reading the adventures of this couple for a very long time in off road magazines.
They list the vehicles they have used over the years. Sounds like a great adventure! A very entertaining read.
Yes, sounds like a fabulous adventure, and of course it's feasible with the proper planning and flexibility in the timescale for Visas and paperwork, borders, sea crossings, Darien Gap, watching the political situations in any unsettled areas etc. Can't help with the vehicle really, but depending where I was going I'd want something easy to repair and maintain, even if I'm not doing it.
From Tokyo, we flew to Los Angeles. How strange it felt to back in the good ole USA. It felt great to connect the dots on the map, getting back to the starting point of our trip around the globe.
From NYC, it was one final 4 hour bus ride back to Maryland. Just because our trip around the world came to an end, our travels did not have to end, also. Now we are home owners, work full time jobs, and have two kids in public school. Still, we find the time to travel.
In fact, we make it a priority. For us, an around the world trip did not extinguish our wanderlust. Now, we travel every chance we get, traveling to new countries, and exploring parts of the US that are still brand new to us. How to Travel Around the World. All of the maps on this post were made on Travellerspoint.
It is a free service offered on their website.
They also provide other travel planning advice. Your blog is so much inspiring for me. I am about to start my journey with my big family too.. Tq for your writing and sharing. Do visit India again. Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a travelogue!
I enjoyed it immensely. I have taken much smaller trips in many of the areas you visited. I liked your maps which presented an overview, but also enough detail to plan a similar trip. What mapping software did you use to generate the maps? Best Regards, Nick.
Hello Nick. We used Travellerspoint to generate these maps.
So easy to use! Cheers, Julie. Hi, I came across your blog as I was looking for something else and I was so inspired by your travel stories. I, too, am an avid traveler. Last month I was just in Morocco and Portugal. Is there a reason why you skipped it? Morocco was pretty amazing, what with riding camels across the Sahara and hiking in the mountains. And Lisbon was amazingly beautiful and loaded with charm.
If we want to drive our own vehicle in a foreign country, we not only need a visa for us to travel around this country, but we also need a temporary import permit TIP for our vehicle. Round-the-world travel using sea travel between continents and road or rail travel ashore, in the Around the world in 80 days tradition. Tushar Agarwal. Travel through Central Asia or the Middle East is possible but requires more visas and more changes of buses and trains. Continuing up the Himalayas in Kashmir the team travels over the highest motorable road in the world, the Khardung La Pass and up the Karakoram Highway through Pakistan before descending into China. It takes you through the most rugged and beautiful landscapes of America and you visit the most exciting cities in the country. We were counting months, soon we were counting weeks, then we were counting days and finally…we started counting hours.
Hello Linda. Believe me, Portugal and Morocco are high on the list. So is Egypt. Morocco is the type of place we would like to visit with Tyler and Kara, we just have a hard time trying to get there with the short periods of time they have off of school. Thank you for the suggestions! My husband and I want to do 1year around the world but we want to have an idea of how much money do we need if we do your itinerary Thanks in advance Xamayta.