TWBR Expedition Website 2.0

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Through our original expedition, we redesigned the website a few times. So this may not be exactly a version 2.0, but the expedition website has been a bit neglected since we finished the original expedition in 2009. With new web technologies some parts of the site, like the routemaps and photo galleries, ended up broken with server updates. So with the 10 year anniversary of finishing the original National Geographic Award winning expedition, we are completely redoing all of the photo galleries and maps.

Currently the routemap is already live with a new interactive version that you can follow the exact route map down to the highways we took. We are taking the entire photo catalog and re-editing the photos with all the latest in editing technology, so everything will be in even more vivid color and detail than ever before.

We will be releasing never seen before video content, new maps that will allow you to look at our content exactly where we produced it and video galleries that will make it easier to watch all of our videos in one place. Additionally, we are producing a series of guides to help you start your own adventures whether huge undertakings like driving around the world or simple weekend adventures.

Whenever we post new photo galleries or content from the expedition, you can come here to the collective site to find links to the galleries on the expedition site. The best way to not miss a thing is to sign up for our email newsletter. Beyond that follow us on instagram, flickr, facebook and twitter to keep up to date on everthing from gear reviews to trip reports from new adventures we are planning right now!

Alexander Polli Flies Through the Batman Cave…This guy is completely insane.

Posted on by Steven Shoppman Posted in Expedition News, Expeditions, Featured, The Spotlight, World News | 2 Comments

These days there are countless names in the wingsuit flying world that are pushing the limits, getting arrested, getting hurt doing the wildest of flights. All of their stunts often get them some money or fame…maybe even some money.  Without a doubt their antics get the insane stamp smacked right across their forehead. Read more

Aleksander Gamme shows us what it really means to be happy.

Posted on by Steven Shoppman Posted in Expedition News, Expedition Showcase, Expeditions, Featured, Humor | 2 Comments

For each of us, a few things in life truly give us bliss.  For some maybe it is sunsets, for others maybe it is watching their children grow up, but Aleksander Gamme did us all a favor to capture true bliss on video.

Alex is a Norwegian adventurer who recently made his way to the South Pole, all alone. He has gone on many adventures before this, including a climb up Mt. Everest, but the video below captures something that can make us all smile, and it is not some grandiose back flip or jump from the stratosphere.  It took him over 3 months to get there and back unsupported.  On his way to the South Pole, as part of the logistics of many adventures of this type, he left behind food and gear to lighten his load…many things, like food, that he would need months later on his way back. Read more

How to Avoid Paying Bribes When You Travel Around the World

Posted on by Steve Bouey Posted in Expeditions, Featured, Travel Tips, World Travel | Leave a comment

As a follow up to the post a few days ago about Transparency International and their annual Corruption Perception Index, today we will discuss the issue of corruption in a little bit more detail, focusing specifically on one of the most visible byproducts of corruption: bribes. Bribes can come into play just about anywhere and can range from petty shakedown attempts for a few extra bucks to graft in the thousands of dollars. Depending on where you travel in the world and what mode of transportation you are taking, bribes may come in different shapes and forms and be initiated by different types of people. In the case of The World by Road, bribes usually came from street and traffic cops, and anyone who has driven their own vehicle through a foreign country, especially in a developing county, has almost certainly been flagged over and been accused of some falsified infraction that is easily forgotten or overlooked for a price.

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Know What You Are Getting Into: The Corruption Perceptions Index 2010

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As a backpacker, vacationer or tourist, travels are often not as affected when it comes to corruption. Without your own personal transportation, in many cases the wheels are already greased by the bus company, tour operator, or tout that is helping to get you through the craziness of less developed countries.  Whether a seasoned overland driver, hitchhiker, or weekend vacationer, Transparency International(TI) provides an invaluable service to help plan the next adventure on the list.  The latest 2010 corruption perceptions index is a colorful, interactive system to give the latest reports on which countries are abusing power the most. Read more

Take an Easy Ride: ToyTec Lifts

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For many, driving a big SUV is the root of all climate change evils.  For others it is a means for their job, a lifestyle, or a way to get the soccer team to the game.  During the expedition we called our trucks home for two and a half years. Whatever your reason for owning a gas guzzler, ToyTec Lifts will turn your giant vehicle into a smooth ride.

Before The World by Road Expedition began, ToyTec was one of the earliest sponsors for the trucks. Unlike many other sponsors, ToyTec jumped right on board.  They did not worry about the long winded pitches or raise concerns about the probability of success of the expedition. Doug, the owner of ToyTec, had different motivations than other sponsors. Read more