This family drove from London to Singapore in a tiny Land Rover.
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Ray, Marianne, Liam, Seamus, and Declan are an adventurous family of 5 who have done multiple overland journeys together. Their last epic trip in 2015 involved shipping their 1954 Land Rover Station Wagon from Canada to the UK, and then driving it 16,000 Miles from London to Singapore.
They were re-creating the first overland expedition from London to Singapore that was done in 1955 by 6 students from Oxford. It was called the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition. Their journey was the first and last time anyone drove that same route because shortly after their trip, Burma (Myanmar) closed their borders. You can read about the original trip here:
The family had to pack like minimalists to fit all their gear into the Land Rover. They each had a back pack with one change of clothes, a down blanket, and a compressible pillow.
They had tools, a kitchen box, folding chairs, and a box of books for the kids who were being home schooled during the trip.
The whole journey took 9 months, which includes a month at the start and end of the trip exploring both London and Singapore.
To fund the trip, Ray, who is an advertising consultant, planned most of his projects before or after the trip, and did about a month’s worth of work while on the road.
The Hyland family tracked their trip from London to Singapore on this Facebook page if you want to look back through their posts:
If you want to check out the Overland Rallies that Ray & his family organize, here are the links to both of them:
If you’re looking for more tips, articles, and inspiration for overland travel, Outdoor X4 Magazine has a great website here that you should check out: https://outdoorx4.com/
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