The Vagrants’ Tales

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Three days, three passes – Trek from Juta to Roshka and back

Three days, three passes – Trek from Juta to Roshka and back

Definitively, one of the highlights during our trip through Georgia was the trek around Juta. We trekked from Kazbegi region into ... Read More

Border and China crossing report: In 4 days from Pakistan to Kyrgyzstan

Border and China crossing report: In 4 days from Pakistan to Kyrgyzstan

With the guide regulations in Myanmar and Thailand on one side and the border between Nepal and China still closed after the ... Read More

7 Prejudices about traveling Uzbekistan, of which only one came true

7 Prejudices about traveling Uzbekistan, of which only one came true

Usually, we do not pick up prejudices easily. But this time, the warnings had been explicit. Listening to other traveler’s ... Read More

St. Camp – The 4 best Overland Monasteries in Armenia

St. Camp – The 4 best Overland Monasteries in Armenia

Armenia is famous for its monasteries. You can find them everywhere. Wikipedia lists 90 monasteries and some more cathedrals and ... Read More

Border report: Iran – Pakistan crossing at Mirjaveh/Taftan

Border report: Iran – Pakistan crossing at Mirjaveh/Taftan

This truly is one exciting border crossing! Not so much because of the crossing itself, but of what follows. 1000 kilometers of police ... Read More

Border report: Armenia – Iran crossing at Meghri/Norduz

Border report: Armenia – Iran crossing at Meghri/Norduz

We entered Iran via Norduz border on October 9th, 2016. This is the only crossing along the Armenia Iran border. The crossing went ... Read More

How we sneaked into Alang Ship Wrecking Plant

How we sneaked into Alang Ship Wrecking Plant

India is the world’s number one in recycling! Well, not when it comes to recycling domestic waste. This is pretty obvious, once ... Read More

Baku – the stunning oil capital

Baku – the stunning oil capital

Baku was one of the reasons, we decided to take the risk and leave Willie behind in Georgia. We had been looking forward to visit this ... Read More

Game changers: What happened in Turkey

Game changers: What happened in Turkey

Part of our philosophy on this trip has always been to maintain a certain degree of flexibility. Overland trips, especially if they are Read More

Turkey: The Essentials

Turkey: The Essentials

Turkey was one of our favorite destinations in the planning phase. We liked the expected mix of Europe and Asia while traveling Turkey ... Read More

Istanbul – a city with many faces!

Istanbul – a city with many faces!

Istanbul, although it is not Turkey's capital, is one of the busiest and most multifaceted cities we have been so far. We liked the ... Read More

Border report: Georgia – Armenia crossing at Sadakhlo/Bagratashen

Border report: Georgia – Armenia crossing at Sadakhlo/Bagratashen

On September 17th, 2016 we left Georgia behind and traveled across the Georgia Armenia border at the crossing near Sadakhlo. This is ... Read More

A day full of history and beautiful landscape: Delphi and a hike to the sea

A day full of history and beautiful landscape: Delphi and a hike to the sea

Delphi is one of the must sees in Greece. We planned to cross the country through the northern part. But then we got recommendations ... Read More

The Top 8 things to do and see in Athens – with pics!

The Top 8 things to do and see in Athens – with pics!

Visiting the capital is probably on every itinerary while traveling in Greece. It is a big and busy city. It has its own atmosphere and Read More

Border report: Georgia – Azerbaijan crossing at Lagodekhi/Balakan

Border report: Georgia – Azerbaijan crossing at Lagodekhi/Balakan

We crossed the Georgia Azerbaijan border towards Azerbaijan at the Lagodekhi crossing on August 28th 2016. This is the smaller of the ... Read More

Greece: The Essentials

Greece: The Essentials

More than 2000 years ago, Greece was the birthplace of Western civilization. And traces of its millennia old history are dotted all ... Read More

Visa report: Obtaining the Iran visa in Yerevan, Armenia

Visa report: Obtaining the Iran visa in Yerevan, Armenia

We had our Iran visas issued in Yerevan, Armenia. If you follow below steps thoroughly, you will not encounter any problem doing the ... Read More

Visa report: Obtaining the Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi, Georgia

Visa report: Obtaining the Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi, Georgia

Obtaining an Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi is a piece of cake! Here is all you need to know. We submitted our documents August 5th 2016 ... Read More

The story and pictures of our unplanned visit to Bulgaria

The story and pictures of our unplanned visit to Bulgaria

In a way, our visit to Bulgaria resembles the philosophy of and our expectations towards this overland journey. We decided to go there ... Read More

Time and Travel

Time and Travel

We started thinking about time and travel during the preparations for our trip. The time you have to conquer the back roads is one ... Read More

Route planning

Route planning

Route planning might be the best fun for a traveler, or the biggest nightmare. In fact, you have to plan before setting off for an ... Read More

Lake Koman Ferry in Albania – a stunning boat ride!

Lake Koman Ferry in Albania – a stunning boat ride!

In the late 1960s, Albania's communist regime began building several hydroelectric dams along the country's biggest stream, the Drin ... Read More

4 memorable things to do in Tirana!

4 memorable things to do in Tirana!

Tirana offers many interesting sights and activities for its visitors. We stayed there for three days. Besides watching the EURO2016 in Read More

Albania: The Essentials

Albania: The Essentials

The Albanian identity, as one native told us, lies on three columns: their liberator Sk├źnderbej, their unique language – and ... Read More

7 Reasons why you should go visit Albania now!

7 Reasons why you should go visit Albania now!

Are you wondering where your next trip should lead you? Albania may not be the first country most people consider during their trip ... Read More

What makes Albanians one of the nicest European inhabitants

What makes Albanians one of the nicest European inhabitants

Although you can reach Albania from our hometown within one day of driving, we knew little to nothing about this country or its ... Read More

Getting to know the Montenegrin people

Getting to know the Montenegrin people

After passing through the fist couple of countries, Montenegro was the first country we really visited on our journey. We got lost ... Read More

Scenic day trip in the Durmitor Mountains

Scenic day trip in the Durmitor Mountains

When we left Summit Travel Agency in Zabljak, the owner, Anna had given us much more that just two tickets for a rafting trip. As an ... Read More

4 sights in Montenegro we really loved

4 sights in Montenegro we really loved

We had a very diverse time in Montenegro. Here are our personal highlights in this beautiful country. Bay of Kotor When entering ... Read More

Montenegro: The Essentials

Montenegro: The Essentials

Unlike most other Ex-Yugoslavian countries, Montenegro has chosen to take a slow path into independence. Faithfully, it stood with ... Read More

Who arranged the water to fall like this?

Who arranged the water to fall like this?

Visiting the national park "Plitviczka jezera" (lakes of Plitvic) is like entering a fairyland. Although Heiner had been there before ... Read More

Coastal Croatia and the Dinaric Alps: The Essentials

Coastal Croatia and the Dinaric Alps: The Essentials

Since the end of the Yugoslavian wars and its independence, more than 20 years ago, Croatia has developed into a modern, Central ... Read More

Bathroom and kitchen bags

Bathroom and kitchen bags

The capacity of storage space is quite limited living in a car. You need to use every free corner to stow your things but it has to be ... Read More

Our water filter system

Our water filter system

According to the WHO there are estimated 842,000 diarrheal disease deaths per year. Although we do not fear the worst, the tap water ... Read More

Overland vehicle electrical installations guide

Overland vehicle electrical installations guide

From the day we saw our Landcruiser the first time in Gouda, we knew that we would have to rebuild all the electrical installations. On Read More

How we refurbished the interior of our Landcruiser

How we refurbished the interior of our Landcruiser

Congratulations to your newly acquired rig! Now it's time to start customizing your overland vehicle interior to suit your needs. In ... Read More

How we found our Landcruiser and got it registered in Germany

How we found our Landcruiser and got it registered in Germany

Before starting the search for the perfect car for your trip you have to consider different things. It might be a long and exhausting ... Read More

How to decide on an overland vehicle

How to decide on an overland vehicle

Deciding on an overland vehicle is definitely one tough decision. First, your choice will greatly affect the way of traveling: it will ... Read More

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