Mongol Rally - The Ultimate Roadtrip

4 Bloggers
2 Continents
15 Countries
9000 miles (14,500 km)
Countless Flat Tires
1,000 Wrong Turns
Hundreds of Dollars in Bribes
Thousands of Dollars in Equipment and Travel

Yes, I really did this.

What is the Mongol Rally?

The Mongol Rally is an unsupported road rally (for charity) from London, England to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia put on by the Adventurists. In July, 2011 four well-traveled, and some may say crazy travel bloggers set out on a 10,000 mile journey to Mongolia.   This was no fluff press trip…this was us against the open road, in a car that was not meant to be driven to these lengths.

Crossing 10,000 miles over unforgiving deserts, perilous mountain ranges and non-existent roads, we will faced the possibility of bandits, breakdowns and corruption while navigating our way through 13 countries and 2 continents. Oh yes, and not a one of us had any mechanical knowledge.

Additional Interviews and Articles I’ve done About the Mongol Rally:

Driving to Mongolia Photo Essay on Everything Everywhere

Far From Home Podcast Episode 2 – I was interviewed about my experience in the Rally. But I recommend listening to the whole podcast as it’s a great one about Scott Gurian’s experience on the rally

The Mongol Rally Podcast with Sherry Ott


Read the stories below of 4 strangers driving from London to Mongolia in an small, inappropriate car from the beginning to the end…

Posts In This Series:

Pimpin’ Our Ride

Posted by on July 26, 2011

mongol rally stickers

  I had envisioned this for over a year.  A regular car with stickers all over it as if were NASCAR.  There’s something very liberating about doing what you are not supposed to do.  Plastering the perfectly good little car in stickers is normally against the rules, but in the Mongol Rally it’s expected! In […]

Stopped by the Police – Mongol Rally

Posted by on July 31, 2011

Oh yeah…that’s right…we are in trouble now!  This title might be a re-occurring one.  This was the first time we were stopped by the police – but I’m sure it won’t be the last.  These police men flagged us down (literally stood on the road and pointed to us to stop) in their small town […]

Driving in Romania

Posted by on August 4, 2011

romania stamp

Have you ever wondered why when you drive in a car in the UK or in the US the driver is always on the inside of the road so that when you meet another car the drivers are on the inside of the lane and the passengers are on the outside of the lane? Why […]

Twilight in Brasov – Mongol Rally

Posted by on August 5, 2011

brasov romania

I must admit, the only thing I really knew about Romania when we blew threw the old abandoned border structure on the highway was that it was the homeland of Nadia Comaneci the gymnast.  However I quickly learned that I was entering the world of Count Dracula thanks to numerous signs, and hotel names.  I’m […]