The Mongol Rally may seem crazy, absurd, even reckless.
But if you knew the lads, then you’d know that actually, a better epithet would be inevitable.
All eight lads traveling are kiwis born and raised, but they’re also all travel addicts. This is why we choose the team name The Coddiwomples, from the (100% legit) word coddiwomple, meaning to travel purposefully towards a vague destination.
Most of us have known each other from way back. Four shared a flat in Dunedin, and traveled in China and South East Asia together. Two have been to North Korea.
One key thing we all share is a passion for travel, for seeing the world, and exploring even the stranger and more forgotten parts of the planet. To that aim, we’ve been meticulously planning this journey since June 2016.
We know it’s gonna be a rough trip, and we’re taking it seriously, from compiling lists of English speaking doctors in each Central Asian country to brushing up on the exact protocol for bribing a hostile border guard.
Incase we crop up on the news as part of some diplomatic incident involving vodka, yaks and disgruntled stereotypes, here’s who we are so you can recognize us: