As told in the story, I would be going to eastbound. Maybe to China. That's all that has been told previously and to be honest,the planning that I'm going to drag into daylight soon are not written into stone. There is lots of factors that can change forcing me to change the route. Like worlds political and economical situations. Or, perhaps, my wondering mind and aimless personality. Just few to mention.
So, the map below is not showing the actual route that I'm going to travel, but a rough estimation about what it might be. And what I've been planning past few weeks! I've been reading forums, traveling websites, blogs, news, government websites and more. Trying to get a picture of how it must be done. After countless hours of research it is obvious that it actually can be done easily. I only need some cash and I'm almost there! Of course, lots of paperwork is required and I must begin preparing well in advance...
As you may see, I'm planning to drive through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Laos to Thailand. Visa is required to Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Mongolia do not currently require a visa for Finland citizens, but that might change in future. This is the outward journey! But how am I going to come home...? Somehow. I think I can figure out something, haha :D
China is requiring a bit more permits and paperwork than other countries, but seems to be perfectly possible. There seems to be lots of misinformation out there about driving your own car in China. I've been emailing with Chinese travel/tourist bureaus to find out how it really is. The answer is that there is no problem, but some paper work will be and it is not going to be cheap. And there must be a guide traveling with me all the way from border to border and we must follow the exact route and schedules the traveling permits were originally issued for. I don't see any problem with that. It is perfectly ok, but I must start the process three moths before arrival to China. I think I can do that:)
So, I'm planing to travel through Sweden to middle Europe and from there continue to the east. Another possible route goes through Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This is, actually, another option that I'm still thinking about instead of driving through Sweden. We'll see...
Another "big question" there is Ukraine. The situation down there is pretty much war alike at the moment, but I wish that things will get better asap. I hope and I believe in EU's, Ukraine's and Russia's ability to find some solution to avoid open war. I wouldn't go there today, but my trip is not going to start today nor anytime soon, so there is good chances that the crises is resolved before I hit the road. If it is not, I won't go there. But it would be a shame as it is one of the countries I was planning to visit in the first place. And very interesting one. But we'll see about that, too.
Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia are pretty sure. I can't see any reason why not. Same with China. The only thing that would possibly keep me from entering China is money. If I can't get enough money together I probably do not go there. Chinese Travel Bureau's offer for guided 25 days journey is around 5500 Euros, excluding gasoline and personal expenses. Again, we'll see, but so far, China is on the list.
Laos and Thailand are 99% sure, IF I do China. If I don't go to China, I can't get to Laos and Thailand neither. But I'm positive and I believe I can make the China journey happen. I think I'm getting excited!
The road distance from Finland to my destination on the planned route is about 17 000km. It can be less, it can be more, but something like that. It don't sound like much. It is only a half of my annual average... But in the other hand... It is hell of a lot of kilometers!! :D Must stop for coffee once. And fill up.
I Can't wait to get on the road again..
So, this is it. This is the route I'm going to travel if things go right. I only need some money and I need to finish the restoration project lying in my garage. When I first time got the idea of this road trip I was thinking about driving to China and back through Russia. But later I started to think that maybe I could drive back home through India and middle east. Yeah, I might. Therefore, going to Thailand gives me another option when planning my return trip, because from there I could go on to Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and so on, OR go back to China, Russia and so on. Or maybe I could book a cargo ship for me and Signet back home! Or some other destination...? Haha, you never know, but that's another story, the return trip, I mean:)
I'm not a musician, so if you're sensitive I suggest you not to play the video, haha:) At least hold your ears!