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A Family on the Road

September 21, 2018
A Family on the Road


Leander, Maria, and their son, Lennox, travel around the world in their trusty old truck, Akela. Inspired by the Jungle Book, Akela is the name the family chose for their truck, which provides them shelter, protection, and transportation while the three travelers drive to New Zealand from Austria.


Almost two years ago, Akela World left Austria in their converted truck with the plan to drive to New Zealand. Their itinerary took the family of three through Southern Europe and Persia, across the Caspian Sea where they followed the ancient Silk Road and continued through Mongolia and Siberia until Vladivostok. From there, they shipped their truck to South Korea and onto Japan and Borneo, in hopes to come down to Australia.

With travel being a big part of their lives, at this point in time, the three travellers couldn’t imagine settling down. Their passion for travelling has led them to extend their original itinerary, and the family of three expect to be on the road for the next three to four years.

With plenty of experience in global travels, the team from Akela World share some of their advice for travelling overseas with a vehicle.


  1. Taking a large volume diesel tank with you allows you to travel longer distances and is especially helpful in remote areas where fuel is sometimes difficult to come across. It can also save you money when travelling to areas with expensive fuel prices.
  2. Taking a large water tank allows you to be self-sufficient for a longer period of time.
  3. Travelling doesn’t mean eating out of a can or having pasta with tomato sauce every day. A fridge with an integrated freezer is essential for keeping food fresh and it means you can cook with a variety of different ingredients.
  4. Make sure you are familiar with the most up-to-date information about visa requirements for all the countries you are planning to visit.
  5. Your driver’s license and vehicle documents should be rewritten to international standards.
  6. It’s recommended to apply for a Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD), as it’s imperative in some countries such as Iran. Whilst in other countries, it makes crossing borders easier.
  7. Working digitally on the road requires electricity. To make your workflow easier, install an elaborate electricity system containing solar panels, batteries, and an inverter so that you can be more independent.
  8. Don’t try to save money on essential equipment, such as tyres and batteries, as they can either make or break your trip and in some regions, it is hard to get a proper spare.


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