Anybody that has done an overland trip or just travelled through Africa and Europe - we could really use some advice on which areas to avoid, which roads to take, which sites we HAVE to see, where the best camping sites are etc. I know it is quite a substantial request, but we really need to plan the trip well and can use all the advice we can get. To see exactly which route we are planning to take, check out our website at . As soon as we are on the trip, I will start posting blogs about the adventure...
That's a lot of country in only three months and if you really want to do them all it will be very expensive for what you will get from them...Try to stay in Europe only and do maybe 15, max 20 in 3 months.
Synnott makes a sensible and valid point, however for fairness I would like to put the other side of the argument. I would wholeheartedly support your ambitious plans.
Just after I left school me and a couple of friends went interrailing around Europe. With a ticket to anywhere we looked at it and thought "let's see how many places we can go to". So we did. We went to 26 countries in a month, from the Norwegian arctic circle down to Istanbul and then France. It was the best month of my life and I wouldn't do anything different given the same choice again.
You learn the most about a country the first day you're there, and the returns diminish from then on. By this logic you learn more about the world as whole from seeing 30 places, then 1 place for 30 times as long. You get that much more adventure, and the whirlwind thrill of seeing the world change literally before your eyes. It'll be hectic but that brings incredible excitement.
Of course since I have returned to some of my favourite places and visited them in more detail, but as a scouting mission it was fantastic.
I can't offer advice on Africa, but my favourite spot in Europe is the Baltic states, with Tallinn as their zenith. A beautiful city.
I hope you enjoy your trip.
Both sensible points, it really depends on what you're looking for. It could be great fun going through so many countries if that's the sort of thing you enjoy. I'd disagree that you'd learn anything about anything of them though - in one day you can only see tourist sites, meet a few people, see some of the scenery. You can't develop any sort of understanding of the culture of way of life or thinking though. The only countries I have even a vague understanding of are those I've spent at least 6 months in - Britain, France, Argentina, Oman, Philippines, Russia. The countries I've visited for just a day such as Estonia or Luxembourg I really can't say I saw or found out anything that can't be read or seen on the internet.
In the late 90s I did 8 countries in 15 days and was completely exhausted by the end...didn't care to see another thing.
Conversely, in 2007 I did 10 countries in 11 months - a much more enjoyable pace.
I'd anticipate that keeping the pace required for 33 countries in 90 days would be tough to do.
As for specifics about what to see & how to get around - that's kinda tough to narrow down 2 continents to a few suggestions. My one bit that I'll say is that I loved hiking Mt Kilimanjaro. But at your planned pace, you may not have time to do that.
I drove though Europe and the UK for 6 mths and did about 24 countries in that time. I flew in to the UK and purchased a car there then drove it though Europe and back to the UK to sell it. I spent a week in some places and just a night in other depending on what I wanted to see. If you want to see things and not just be travelling most days it is best to spend less than 4 hours travelling.