Years ago, I read amazing stories about people driving across the globe, from London to Bangkok or across an entire continent. Just looking at them, I used to wonder: how do they do it?
In those days, I would have had trouble just getting through the states of my country on my own.

I remember the first time I went on a serious road trip – it was a logistical nightmare.

Of course, I had fun, but just the thought of going through that experience in another country or continent… no thank you.

I mean, I want to do it, too, but invariably my mind comes up with hundreds of reasons why I shouldn’t. Or maybe couldn’t.

But that was before.

Now, things have changed drastically. For people like me, who love to drive and who dream of exploring the world on four wheels, a motoring expedition or convoy expedition in the answer.

What is the Difference Between an Expedition and a Traditional Road Trip?

A motoring expedition is an organized journey that has a specific purpose. While a road trip can lead you to a wide variety of places, a true expedition usually takes somewhere that’s not easily accessible or someplace where the terrain and natural habitat can pose serious challenges.

A real motoring expedition requires professional handling who comes with a lot of experience.

While a lot of planning does go into a road trip, it probably isn’t going to be at quite the same level as an expedition. These convoys aren’t a walk-in-the-park. They’re serious journeys with a specific purpose and require professional backup.

A New Way to Vacation

Convoy driving gives you a chance to see more of the country you are visiting, rather than restricting it to resorts, tourist traps, and souvenir shops. Booking a trip includes a vehicle to drive and an itinerary. This takes a lot of the stress and uncertainty out of the planning portion of the vacation, especially when it’s in a country you’ve never been to before. This is not the only benefit though.

Here are other reasons to consider a convoy driving vacation:

  • You make a lot of friends with different backgrounds. Since travelers come from all over the planet to join a convoy expedition, you get to make new friends from different cultures.
  • Safer way to explore. A big benefit of a motoring expedition is having someone in your group who knows the way. Whether you have a guide who is familiar with the terrain or just a member of the group who can speak the native language, this ensures that you have a more enjoyable trip.
  • More expertise. Pooling your resources and individual expertise is beneficial in many situations, like medical emergencies, mechanical issues, or discovering some of the fun history facts about the area.
  • More unique options available. Most road trip plans don’t often include driving from Chile to Argentina, or through the start beauty of Iceland, or into the rarely seen parts of Mongolia. A well-planned expedition, though, can take you there.
  • Learn about the culture. There are very few opportunities for the average person to get up close and personal with some cultures. Driving through a country like Mongolia by car, though, is a great way to have this experience. There are still many nomadic people throughout the area and it will give you an entirely different view.

Drive and Explore

So, what are convoy expeditions really all about?

There’s only one real answer: it’s all about adventure.

Motoring expeditions are the best way to discover different landscapes and soak in the culture of a place without stressing yourself too much. The routes here are pre-tested and all the vehicles move in a convoy under the watchful eye of the expedition crew. Things like meals, accommodation and activities are arranged which gives you the time to do what you really have come to do – just keep driving and exploring.

Exploration and having new experiences are a major part of these worldwide expeditions. If you are looking for a new experience, try going on a convoy driving vacation. You won’t regret it.