Getting Started:
So, the big decision has been made. We're quitting our jobs, selling our house, packing up our worldly belongings, and setting out in a truck for Africa and beyond. Now what? How does one even begin to plan for a multi-year expedition of this caliber? Just addressing personal details seemed a big enough challenge. What do we do with our house and cars? How do we file income taxes from the Sahara desert? How do we pay our bills from the Congo? The list was endless and, for all the work involved, that was just the tip of the iceberg. The real challenge was addressing the expedition specific issues. What vehicle should we use and how should we set it up? What equipment is needed? How do we plan our route? How do we get the truck across borders? What paperwork is involved? Should we carry weapons? So many unanswered questions were swirling around in our heads that the task seemed daunting at best.

Fortunately, with a bit of research, we found that there's a wealth of information available. For starters, we found two books on the subject: Bradt's Africa by Road and Chris Scott's book titled Sahara Overland. Both provide useful information on everything from vehicle prep to budgeting, paperwork, and route planning. There's also an excellent website titled The Africa Overland Network [www.africa-overland.net] which provides a catalogue of overland websites created by other hardy adventurers mounting vehicle based expeditions throughout the globe. We found this community of travelers to be extremely knowledgeable and willing to share their information and experiences.

Using research gathered through these and other sources we developed a detailed project plan for the expedition. In the sections that follow, we share some of what we have learned along the way.
   
Getting Started