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Here you will find articles on an ambitious plan to travel from Singapore to Morocco overland, i.e. without flying.

I will use buses and trains to travel through South East Asia, China, Mongolia, Russia, and Europe.

Read about The Plan So Far.

Packing up my life

Written by Joshua Fuglsang on .

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Sunset at Freycinet
Sunset at Freycinet - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

Leaving Sydney

At the end of Au­gust I re­signed from my work at Safe­ty­Cul­ture to try out a new Life­style as a Dig­i­tal No­mad. It is a life­style that I have want­ed to try for quite some time as it of­fers many at­trac­tive ben­e­fits; you can live where you want and you can choose the work that in­ter­ests you. Who wouldn’t want these things? It of­fers an ex­cep­tion­al lev­el of flex­i­bil­i­ty.

To kick-off the project, I de­cid­ed to move away from Syd­ney to spend a month in Tas­ma­nia with my par­ents. My fi­nal night in Syd­ney was spe­cial for a few rea­sons. Of course it was the start of my for­ay in to long-term trav­el, but it was al­so the pre­miere of The New Hus­tle Movie. The New Hus­tle Movie is a fea­ture length doc­u­men­tary on the start-up in­dus­try in Aus­tralia. It was pro­duced by Luke An­ear, the CEO of Safe­ty­Cul­ture, and fo­cused on the foun­da­tion sto­ry of three suc­cess­ful Aus­tralian star­tups; Safe­ty­Cul­ture, Can­va, and Vi­no Mo­fo. Af­ter the event I got to meet with the CEOs of each of the com­pa­nies. To be able to at­tend such an event for a sto­ry that I have been a part of and to be able to re­ceive best wish­es from Luke was a fan­tas­tic send-off. I couldn’t have hoped for more. For any­one in­ter­est­ed in watch­ing the doc­u­men­tary it is avail­able on iTunes.

New Hustle Movie Premiere
New Hus­tle Movie Pre­miere - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

New Hus­tle Movie Pre­miere

Ron, Yong, and JZ in the SafetyCulture office
Ron, Yong, and JZ in the Safe­ty­Cul­ture of­fice - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

Travelling to Tasmania

That was my fi­nal night in Syd­ney and the end of my life­style as a full-time en­gi­neer. The next day I drove a hire car down to Mel­bourne. I packed the car and drove all the way to Mel­bourne in the same day, ar­riv­ing at my ho­tel in the CBD just be­fore mid­night. A fam­i­ly friend then took my things with him on a fer­ry across the Bass Strait; the Sprit of Tas­ma­nia. All in all, it was quite a seam­less mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Apex Rental Car
Apex Rental Car - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

Life in Tasmania

My fam­i­ly lives in a tiny lit­tle sub­urb called Oys­ter Cove, about 30 min­utes south of Ho­bart. This is where I spent the Month. What fol­lows are some of the sight-see­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that we did dur­ing my stay. Tas­ma­nia is a beau­ti­ful place to go trav­el­ling. It was once rel­a­tive­ly undis­cov­ered but in re­cent years tourism is be­com­ing an in­te­gral part of the econ­o­my. Tas­ma­nia is no longer the sleepy com­mu­ni­ty it once was.

Family House in Oyster Cove
Fam­i­ly House in Oys­ter Cove - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

Hartz Mountain & Geeveston

Our first out­ing was to Hartz Moun­tain. We drove down to Hartz Moun­tain on the 3rd of Sep­tem­ber, which was my Birth­day and Fa­thers Day. I was born on Fa­thers day and since the events don’t usu­al­ly over­lap (it in fact it hadn’t for years) it was quite a spe­cial day. So it was nice to spend the day with dad. It was rain­ing and windy up on the moun­tain but we could still walk along the track for an hour or so. Af­ter the walk we had lunch at a small Ja­pa­nese Restau­rant called Masaa­ki’s Sushi in Geeve­ston. It was with­out a doubt one of the best Ja­pa­nese restu­ar­ants that I have been to. Bet­ter than a lot that I tried in Japan, and bet­ter than all that I tried in Syd­ney bar one. In­ci­den­tal­ly, Geeve­ston is where a TV show called Rose­haven was shot. Rose­haven is a hi­lar­i­ous Aus­tralian com­e­dy about small towns in Tas­ma­nia. I rec­om­mend it to any­one.

Kingston Beach Handmade Market

My Mum has a stall in the Kingston Beach Hand­made Mar­ket and for one of the days I helped her run her stall. It’s a nice lit­tle mar­ket that on­ly sells lo­cal­ly hand­made prod­ucts. Her stall sells hand-made woollen cloth­ing, which she spins, dyes, and knits her­self. It is quite unique be­cause all the dyes are sourced from lo­cal Tas­ma­ni­an flo­ra. You can see her web­site here.

Markets in Kingston Beach
Mar­kets in Kingston Beach - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

My Dad an I spent one day at MONA. MONA, or Mu­se­um of Old And New Art, is a new and wild­ly suc­cess­ful mu­se­um in Ho­bart. It is tru­ly a spec­tac­u­lar gallery and one that I rec­om­mend ev­ery­one to vis­it. The founder of the gallery is a Tas­ma­ni­an who has quite an in­ter­est­ing sto­ry; he made his mon­ey build­ing a gam­bling sys­tem for horse rac­ing. You can read about his sto­ry on Wikipedia, he has al­so pub­lished a mem­oire ti­tled “A Fact of Bone”. Anec­do­tal­ly, I have heard that his carpark at the front of the MONA is one of most pho­tographed lo­ca­tions in Tas­ma­nia. Fa­mous for its signs; God and God’s Mis­tress, plus the Tes­las parked there.

Photo of God’s Carpark
Pho­to of God’s Carpark - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

Mt. Wellington

Our next out­ing was to Mt. Welling­ton. We had re­searched a 6 hour walk, called the Big Bend Trail, which went around the top of the Moun­tain. The trail fea­tured a lot of icon­ic alpine Tas­ma­ni­an flo­ra such as grass­es, bush­es, lichen, and trees. The flo­ra is re­al­ly quite unique and it is hard to see these types of plants else­where. They are quite an in­ter­est­ing group of plants as they need to with­stand gale-force winds and can be cov­ered in snow for months at a time. If you ev­er do the famed Over­land Track, you will see these sorts of plants up there. The trail it­self was un­man­aged; we had to bush-bash for a fair chunk of it as it was com­plete­ly over-grown and the cairns were few and far be­tween. You can eas­i­ly get lost, which is dan­ger­ous as it is drops be­low ze­ro overnight. We could keep to the trail for the most part, but lost all mark­ers for a pe­ri­od of about 30 min­utes. Parts of the trail were un­der snow which was beau­ti­ful and the rea­son we want­ed to walk up there.

Walking in the snow in Mt. Wellington
Walk­ing in the snow in Mt. Welling­ton - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

Freycinet National Park

Our fi­nal jour­ney was to Fr­eycinet Na­tion­al Park. We camped at Fr­eycinet on the beach for three nights. We were lucky and had great weath­er; in­clud­ing two spec­tac­u­lar nights of which the seren­i­ty is hard to de­scribe. The nights were dark and we had full vis­i­bil­i­ty of the stars and the south­ern-cross. We could see the jagged peaks along the end of the penin­su­lar and hear the night birds caw. The wa­ter was clear and com­plete­ly still so we could see me­ters of ocean floor hours af­ter sun­set by the starlight. Dur­ing our vis­it we hiked up Mt. Amos, which was a chal­leng­ing hike up rock-faces for 3 hours. At the end of it we were re­ward­ed with un­in­ter­rupt­ed views of Haz­ards Beach and the fa­mous Wine Glass Bay. The hike it­self was beau­ti­ful with pink gran­ite rocks and coastal veg­e­ta­tion. Get­ting to Fr­eycinet took about 2 hours driv­ing from Ho­bart. Along the way we stopped stop at Dev­il’s cor­ner, which is one of Tas­ma­nia’s fa­mous wine es­tates.

Hiking up Mt. Amos
Hik­ing up Mt. Amos - Copy­right © Joshua Fuglsang

Getting Organised

Amongst all of this I spent quite a long time get­ting ready for long-term trav­el.

I spent a week go­ing through all of my things cat­e­goris­ing them, la­belling them, and stor­ing them. I felt that this was worth­while as it makes it eas­i­er for my par­ents to ac­cess, as well as re­duces the chance of dam­age from the el­e­ments, moths, and oth­er pests.

I al­so spent a bit of time at the li­brary read­ing trav­el books to give me some ideas on places to vis­it. Through this I de­cid­ed that I would like to vis­it In­dia. It seems to be a place with a lot of in­ter­est­ing sights, great food, and is rel­a­tive­ly un­trav­elled by for­eign­ers.

Fi­nal­ly I had to or­gan­ise vac­ci­na­tions for my trav­els. In the end I was vac­ci­nat­ed against Ty­phoid, Tetanus + Diph­the­ria, Ra­bies, and Hep A + Hep B. In ad­di­tion I al­so bought med­i­ca­tions for Al­ti­tude Sick­ness and Malar­ia. Of these Ra­bies was the most ex­pen­sive, how­ev­er I felt it was nec­es­sary for me as I have trav­elled through Nepal and Thai­land be­fore and have seen all of the street dogs, plus I have heard sto­ries of peo­ple be­ing chased by packs of dogs at night in places such as In­dia and Thai­land. Though, I think of the vac­cines that I had this one is the least nec­es­sary and could be avoid­ed by be­ing alert to an­i­mals while trav­el­ling.

Leaving Tasmania

In to­tal I spent just short of one month in Tas­ma­nia. Af­ter Tas­ma­nia I went to stay with my sis­ter in Mel­bourne.

Fin!

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About

Here you will find articles on an ambitious plan to travel from Singapore to Morocco overland, i.e. without flying.

I will use buses and trains to travel through South East Asia, China, Mongolia, Russia, and Europe.

Read about The Plan So Far.