My Next Crazy Adventure: I’m Doing The Mongol Rally!!

My Next Crazy Adventure: I’m Doing The Mongol Rally!!

As if the title wasn’t enough of a spoiler, I want to share some big news…


(Update: I already did the Mongol Rally! You can learn more about the entire adventure on this page.)

I’m super excited and freaked out about this adventure.  For those of you who don’t know what the Mongol Rally is; imagine driving 1/3 of the way around the world through the toughest terrain on earth on a car that is barely made to take your grandma from home to the supermarket.

Mongol Rally

The Mongol Rally is an unsupported and un-routed driving adventure from London, England to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Starting July 13th, our team, The Drama of Llama, will be crossing nearly 10,000 miles of unforgiving deserts, perilous mountain ranges, and non-existent roads, in a 2005 Hyundai Getz.

As you can imagine, this car is ill-suited for this type of mission. In the end, our car will be donated to a charity in Mongolia that will give good use to it.

Mongol Rally Car
Our rally car!

But I’m not doing this crazy stunt alone!  My international partners in crime are Livia Aguiar, a journalist and travel blogger at Eusouatoa (a travel blog in Portuguese); Vitalli Lunkevich, a final year Business and Management student; and the misadventurous Stephen Schreck of A Backpacker’s Tale.

But, this rally is not just an adventure; it is a way to help those in need while having an adventure.

We, as one of the hundreds of teams driving in the Mongol Rally, will also raise money to benefit two charities: The official Mongol Rally charity, Cool Earth, and our chosen charity, Set Her Free.

Set Her Free

Cool Earth

Why have we chosen Set Her Free?

Set Her Free, is a non-profit organization that is working to restore the lives of young girls formerly enslaved by the sex trades—the harshest form of child labor in Uganda.

Set Her Free provides not only food and shelter, but also formal education, technical training, counseling, medical care, and much more – currently to 120 young women. The cost to benefit each girl for a year calculates to 2,272,000 UGX or $909 (inclusive of food and education).

Set Her Free

In addition to the great work they do, I have some sort of personal connection with them.  Remember when I reached Uganda by mistake and was rescued by a stranger?  Yup, that was Robinah, the founder and woman behind Set Her Free.  Robinah extended me a helping hand when I was in need and lost in a country I didn’t know, now I extend mine to help back.

Alright, so the big news is out!  Now we need your help!

An adventure like this doesn’t come in lightly to our pockets.  We need to raise about $13,000 for the team and we have a goal of raising $5000 to be split between our charities – but of course, we’d like to raise for charity as much as possible.

Traveling Europe with Eurail

This will be a great adventure, and the most interesting thing about the Mongol Rally is that anything can happen in that span of 10,000 miles!

Have ideas for a route from London to Ulaanbaatar?  Give us your suggestions and we might incorporate them in our route!

Read the next post about our Mongol Rally experience!


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20 thoughts on “My Next Crazy Adventure: I’m Doing The Mongol Rally!!”

  1. Awesome! The Mongol Rally sounds like such an awesome adventure, I hope to do it one day. Set Her Free is such an awesome organization, I hope you’re able to raise lots of money for them – I’ll be donating when I get my paycheck.

    1. Thanks, Sky!! Oh yes… it’s an awesome adventure!! One of the biggest I’ve ever attempted to do!
      Yes, Set Her Free is doing wonderful stuff for these girls, so I’m all in in doing my best to help!

      Sky, your donation will be highly appreciated and it will go a long way to help SHF.

      Thanks!! 😀

    1. I’m DOING IT!!!! AAAhhhhh!!! Thanks and I can’t wait to share all the drama with you! Of course, our team is appropriately named, the Drama of Llama! ha!! 😀

  2. This looks like an amazing adventure, wow really jealous must be an awesome experience. Set her Free looks like a great charity. I definitely will be following The Drama of Llama’s adventures

    1. Thanks, Freya!! An amazing adventure, indeed! Yes, Set Her Free is a great organization and I’m happy to be helping them, since they really need the help.

  3. Sounds amazing, Norbert! We wish you all the best for this real adventure and really appreciate your efforts for the charities.

    Take care!
    Cheers from Germany,
    Alex and Sandra

    1. Thanks Alex and Sandra! Yes, we are more than happy to be helping Set Her Free and Cool Earth… while having fun crossing 1/3 of the world!! 😀

    1. Thanks, Ayelet! Yes, I’m really happy we are helping SHF, especially after getting to know Robinah and receiving her help in Uganda. I’m also very glad for the help you’re providing! 😉

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