Things You Can’t Plan For

When we started planning this trip a big part of the idea was to go to Russia and Ukraine and meet with car groups there. We discovered the Lada through the car clubs in these places and they have inspired the customization of our Lada. So of course we have been watching the situation between […]

Packing for a Road Trip on Another Continent

When you’re planning a road trip for over a month in a small sedan that’s likely to break down you have to pack carefully. We have fragile camera equipment, tools and of course clothes to worry about. We think we have a pretty solid strategy so far. Here’s what we’ve come up with:

Gear: Choosing a Backpack

I found several bags I liked at REI and had pretty much decided on a North Face commuter style bag, but then an employee asked me if I needed any help. I told him I was looking for a backpack. And then came the question: “What are you going to use it for?” I think […]

Making Our Lada ‘Resto’: Part 1 The Plan

Start with a stock/restored Lada, add period type accessories, and lower it as much as possible. You can learn more on our ‘About Resto’ page, but those are the basics. We’ve got our basically stock Lada, and since it’s in such nice original shape, we won’t be doing very much restoration at this point. We do have a […]

Planning Tip: Don’t cut out options too soon

Part of any good travel plan is flexibility. If you plan to buy a car half way around the world and drive almost 4000 miles (6400km), be prepared to be very flexible. We’ve only been at it a few months and we’ve already had several changes to our plan. The biggest being where we bought the […]