From here to there by Jon Faine and Jack Faine

June 26, 2011

This book is a great story, but it’s not fiction. This trip happened. Father and son. Years and lists and lists of planning gave way to ultimately 6 short months to drive from Melbourne to London. How would they fare with limited equipment, no tent, not all the correct visas and permits, language and religious barriers and only their own company? I thought about how I would feel if my family decided to take this trip. How would I cope being alone, how much would I worry about them? Or, if I decided to go myself, would I have the trust in human nature that seems so inherent in Jon?
This father and son travelled over 39,000kms through Australia, East Timor, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France and England. If you are looking for an excuse not to plan such a trip, reading this book could provide you with one. If, however, you desperately want to do something like this, read the book, especially chapter 45 – “Mistakes we made, things to avoid” set a date and write your first list. Just don’t ask Jon how much it cost.


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