I’m Driving a Third of the Planet in a Hyundai Getz!

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

Livia Aguiar

team 4Liv 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 Figueroa

team 3Norbert 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 Lunkevich

team2Vitalli 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!

And Me!!

Stephen Schreck

teamStephen 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.

SHF                   Cool-Earth

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

                                            pay pal

Sponsorships – Help Us Help You

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!


  • http://travelerahoy.com Alouise

    The Mongol Rally looks like it will be a pretty incredible adventure, and I have to say that your team name is awesome. The charity you’re raising money for sounds pretty fantastic, but it looks like something is wrong with the link for the donations. It’s taking me to a page that says my last action can’t be completed. Maybe it’s just me, but you might want to check that and get it fixed.

    • Stephen

      Hey Alouise, Thanks for the kind words and letting me know about the donation boxes. All fixed :)

  • http://www.fourjandals.com Cole @ FourJandals.com

    Damn you! This is my dream to do. Hmmm wonder if there is still time to find a team… Good luck!

    • Stephen

      I’m sure you can still get on a team! That would be so bad ass!

  • http://www.activebackpacker.com Tom @ Active Backpacker

    Cool man, this is awesome. I’m jealous :D You’re going to have an insane time, looking forward to reading all about it :)

    • Stephen

      Ha this is going to be a little insane Tom. I look forward to getting on the road. Have fun back home! Can’t wait to grab a beer in Brisbane.

  • http://adventurousandrea.com Adventurous Andrea

    So fantastic!

    • Stephen

      Thanks Andrea :)

  • http://wayoutfar.com Vicki – Way Out Far

    Oh yay! You’re doing the Rally! I did it back in 2010 and it was one of the best travel experiences of my life!

    Currently am editing our trip on video to enter the Adventurist’s Film Festival and will be following up with a few blogs about some of our stories. I hope you keep in touch as would love to follow your adventure!

    Good luck with the planning. Best advice is to stop that now and do it all the night before. Much more fun that way ;)

  • http://www.holidaynomad.com Freya Renders – Holiday Nomad

    You will be have an awesome time, I’m sure this will be a great experience and lots of fun. Does that mean that your RWT will start with the rally or will you go somewhere before that?

  • http://www.tammyandchrisonthemove.blogspot.com TammyOnTheMove

    Sounds like a great adventure and what a great cause. I know this charity and the money will definitely go to good use! Good luck you guys!

  • http://www.bali-indonesian.com/ Bali

    fantastic and amazing

    • Stephen

      Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words :)

  • http://www.travelbllgr.com Jennifer

    This is amazing, I’d love to do this one and looking forward to reading about your adventures! What date does the mongol rally start?

    • Stephen

      Hey Jen,

      Sorry for the delay. I’ve been having trouble finding wifi outside of Cairo. The Rally starts July 13th and goes as long as you want it to.

  • http://www.travellingking.com Sam @ Travellingking.com

    Whooot!! Looking forward to seeing what you and Norbert have to say!! Have followed Norbert for a while!
    Looks like you guys an amazing adventure planned!

    • Stephen

      Thanks Sam, I can’t wait to experience this journey. I have a feeling it will be very random :)

  • http://tropicalnomad.com Adam – Tropical Nomad

    This looks like such a laugh!
    Some of my friends bought an old limo and painted it horribly and drove the ‘Scumrun’ charity race dressed in dressing gowns and top hats.. They had a blast – You will to!

    • Stephen

      That is amazing! One very excited to deck out the car :)