Yep, you read that right and in case you missed my numerous FB post, I had a spur of the moment change of plans and decided to participate in the Mongol Rally.
My plans were to spend July and August hopping buses around Eastern Europe, but when Norbert from GloboTreks mentioned that he had an extra spot on his Mongol Rally team, I quickly pushed those plans aside, rearranged my travel schedule, and jumped at the chance. After all, I am an adventure travel blogger, damnit! If you can pinpoint the Mongol Rally down to one thing, it would be an epic adventure.
Oh, and did I mention it is all for charity!
So what IS the Mongol Rally?
Oh, nothing major (I typed sarcastically), just a massive road trip spanning almost 10,000 miles from London, England to Ulaanbaatar Mongolia. We’re driving across a third of the planet and spanning most of Eurasia.
The Mongol Rally is no wimpy tour! You don’t have a guide holding your hand. Every single team selects their own type of transportation, chooses their own route, and drives at their own pace; meaning the Mongol Rally can last as long as you want it to. However, the average time is 3-5 weeks. This also means that it comes with some serious risks. For example, our tentative route will be taking us through vast stretches of treacherous desert, dangerous mountain ranges, and uninhabited regions where will have to forge our own road. (I’m stocking up on Snickers bars)
Pretty intense, right? Now there is one and I mean only one car I trust to get The Drama of Llama (my team) through all the trying and difficult times ahead and that is…drum roll.
A 2005 Hyundai Getz (A/C not included). This compact two-door beast is the fifth member of our team on this epic journey. This car belongs to one of my team mates, who’s literally giving it away at auction for charity once we cross the finish line. That is an amazing act of kindness so let’s give a big round of applause for Vitalli (inset cheers and clapping here). Which brings me to our team! Meet Team The Drama of the Llama
Liv is a Brazilian journalist gone rogue. Compulsive traveler, internet rat, people watcher. She has been blogging in Portuguese about travel at www.eusouatoa.com and is soon to launch a blog in English to make it more ‘universal’. To contribute to the rally, she can drive, change flat tires and make up road games
Norbert is an architect from Puerto Rico who hit pause on that career in 2011 to travel around the world. Since then, he has visited over 50 countries, and still counting. He writes about his travels on GloboTreks.com and his goal is to visit all UN recognized countries by 2020.
Vitalli is a final year Business and Management student who is hoping to do some good with his newly acquired degree when he graduates this summer. Unfortunately due to his lack of imagination only thing he could think of was to raise money for charity by driving to Mongolia in his very tiny car that he will then give away when he gets to Ulaanbaatar!
Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, a nomad, and a mistake prone backpacker. He knew traveling the world full-time was the only life for him and so he set out to make his dream his reality. He is currently trying to tackle his bucket list, a quest that leads him to many entertaining misadventures, random locations, and interesting challenges which he blogs about at A Backpackers Tale.com.
Rally with Us
As much fun as this whole this adventure is going to be, like I said in the beginning, it is all for a good cause. We will be raising money for two charities. The first one is the official Mongol Rally charity, Cool Earth, and then our chosen charity Set Her Free.
Set Her Free
Set Her Free is a non-profit organization in Uganda whose goal is to transform the lives of young women formerly imprisoned by the sex trade- the worst form of child labor.
Set Her Free transforms lives by providing a safe environment, education, personal training, and rehabilitation for these women. This organization is currently working to restore the lives of 120 women. The cost to benefit each girl for a year is $909. That also includes food and education.
We have committed to raise $5000 for these two charities, but of course we are going to raise as much as we can.
Below you can find ways to donate to Set Her Free, as little as $5. If you are feeling ultra-generous, which I hope you are, you can also put a gallon of gas into our tank!
Donate and help restore a life Put a Gallon of Gas in Our Tank
Driving across two continents isn’t the cheapest thing to do with our summer. We estimate the grand total at somewhere around $13,000. Therefore, The Drama of Llama is accepting sponsorships to help us reach this goal while also providing a valuable service to you. If you are interested in sponsoring us, please look at our sponsorships page or download our awesome media kit!
What do you think? Is the Mongol Rally something you would do? Why or why not? Personally, I’m cannot wait for this challenge to begin. I can’t wait to experience these new countries and their breathtaking landscapes. Tack on all the adventures and misadventures, and you know this will be the experience of a life-time and at the same time helping people in need!