Traveling alone is cumbersome? But constantly traveling in a group is not the right way for you? Welcome to our world!

We are looking for enthusiasts and experts in different fields, who also want to travel the Silk Road in 2020!
Sign up below to express your interest and stay in the loop!
(And no – you won’t have to sell your soul by signing up! It’s just to let people know you are interested in traveling, so they can find you, and team up with you…)

Open Caravan Initiative 2020

Do you have any questions?
Read more in our list of question & answers below!

Open Q&A here

  • How long does the whole trip last?  
    We expect it to last for about 16 weeks.
    The details are still in the planning stage, but if you sign up here we will keep you in the loop.
  • Do I have to travel with you all the time? 
    Not at all… Essentially, we will only share our itinerary and schedule with you.
    Every one or two weeks we can meet at the next stop, and how you get there yourself, is up to you. By motorcycle, truck, bus, 4×4, camel, donkey, etc.
    And if you are nice to other people, the odds are very high that you can team up with somebody else, along the way.
  • What do you organize? 
    We only bring people together – there is no obligation from our side.
    You have to organize everything yourself, but with the right kind of positive attitude, you may quickly find people to team up with.
  • You mentioned modern technologies for traveling. What do you mean?
    At the moment we are looking for sponsors that provide several technologies in order to make traveling together in a virtual caravan easier. (Depending on the technologies a reduced fee may then apply) Sign up to learn more about the technologies that we have in mind.
  • What happens if I can’t join in from the beginning? 
    The Open Caravan is totally flexible, and you can join from anywhere, and leave again, join again later, whatever you feel like.
    If you want to join this tour, following our schedule, you can do that.
    If you want to travel only for 1 or 2 weeks, you can do that also.
    There is no obligation to stay with us, or travel with us, at all.
  • Is there a fixed program? 
    We currently plan to meet some local authorities and attend some meetups, and the topic of the events may change, each time.
    Maybe we even organize own events – having a technical background, Philipe will probably organize some technology-oriented meetups, which you can feel free to join!
    If you are interested in something different, organize it yourself and let the OCI group know!
    (Maybe there is someone else also interested in your topic, in which case, you can organize it together).
  • Can I change my plans on short notice? 
    If you’re not sharing a vehicle with somebody else, or have committed to organize something, then absolutely!
  • Are you paying my accommodation, my trip or anything else for me? 
    Nope, not at all.
  • Can you help with Visas and Borders?  
    Nope, we just do our own paperwork.
  • Can you help with technical problems? 
    Well… If we like you, maybe… otherwise, Nope! 🙂
  • Nobody wants to speak with me. What should I do? 
    Be nicer, make an effort, be open and outgoing. That always works…
  • If enough people ask for it, can you help in organizing a shared expedition vehicle or special tours?  
    Of course, and this is a paid service. The best thing is to discuss this in our closed group chat.
  • I have some other questions… 
    Sign up here, join our group chat, and ask all the questions you want!.

Show your interest – Leave your name here!

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Travellers, who already showed their interest in the Open Caravan initiative, traveling the Silk Road region in 2020

Given Name
Family Name
Your Blog / Facebook etc...
How many weeks do you want to join the Open Caravan Initiative?
Which vehicle do you want to use for travel?
Which countries are you interested in during your travel time?
Additional Comments
PhilipeReinischhttp://www.silkroad40.com16+ weeksDriving and organizing a bus myself *, Driving and organising a car myself *, Riding and organising a motorcycle myself *Austria, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China (High Travel Permit Fees apply!)Follow my Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/campingsadventure/
DaveO´Byrnehttp://www.silkroad40.com16+ weeksDriving and organizing a bus myself *, Driving and organising a car myself *, Riding and organising a motorcycle myself *Austria, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China (High Travel Permit Fees apply!)
AurimasVirzintas4 weeksDriving and organising a car myself *Austria, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran
MihovilLuksic12 weeksRiding and organising a motorcycle myself *Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China (High Travel Permit Fees apply!)

 

More information on the Silk Road region

One of the biggest challenges when traveling is to find reliable, up to date, information. And in particular – when departing, one can´t find all this great information that you have seen just recently when preparing for the trip… We all have experienced that.

In the following below find some initial information to learn more about the region that we are going to travel.

Other Past Travellers and their blogs

Given Name
Family Name
Blog / Facebook etc...
Additional Comments
FritzSampsonhttps://fritztomongolia.blogspot.co.atFrom Ireland to Vladivostok via Mongolia; Trip took place in 2014
MihaiTzuicutzhttps://motorcycling.to/georgia/caucasus-offroad-adventureRiding through Georgia in 2016

Additional Ressources, with constant up-to-date information worth to know

Blog / Facebook etc...
Additional Comments
https://caravanistan.comOne of the best resources for the Silk Route area - including (more or less) up-to-date border crossings
http://unusualplaces.org/one-of-the-most-treacherous-roads-in-georgia-the-road-to-tusheti/A nice summary of unusual places sorted according to country
http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-eastern-trail-nirvana-be-to-central-asia.1241490/Adventure Rider is always a good source to look for uptodate information
http://www.dangerousroads.org/asia/turkey/3923-bayburt-of-yolu-d915.htmlAnother nice site to find interesting dangerous roads 🙂
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TransMongolia/An interesting Facebook group to travel from Europe to Mongolia
http://www.ioverlander.comA great source of overland point-of-interests
https://travelfreedom.io/passport/austria/A very useful overview, which countries require a visa - depending on your passport
http://www.ripcordrescuetravelinsurance.com/about/For the faint hearted: a very handy global rescue service
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RamadanKeep in mind Ramadan when traveling islamic countries!

As an inspiration – scenic routes in the region

More coming soon! We are still looking for good tour planning apps that allows showing all the route recommendations that we receive.

Useful Apps that we heard of being useful for this up to now:

The following Map was created by Stojan Gajic.

Another route created by Koen Boxer:

Posted by Koen Boxer on Saturday, January 20, 2018

Do you know other relevant information – share it with others!

 

On this page, we will also constantly add further links to websites with up-to-date information or other people who will be traveling the Silk Road in 2020. If you have some interesting travel related resources, you can also add them in the form above.

Please don’t forget to follow our Silkroad 4.0 facebook page to get the lastest infos about the Open Caravan Initiative: https://www.facebook.com/silkroad40