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1. Posted by pedrojorge (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Hi everyone. I want to know your opinion about the company Odyssey Overland. I read the site of them and the idea sounds nice. Help me in this subject.

Thank you

2. Posted by Taylor84 (Budding Member 49 posts) 7y

Hey Pedro

I am booked up for next years trip departing 2010. Looks good fun doesn't it. When are you thinking about going?
I found a good way of finding out about the trips is to read the blogs of the past trips, also there is a trip on the way just now which I am follwing, well worth a read!

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I know quite a few people that have done an Odyssey Overland trip. The vast majority loved it - but there were a few that said it was full of too many silly idiots doing the trip - just to say they'd done it, rather than being up for it - that spoilt it for a lot of others.

4. Posted by Taylor84 (Budding Member 49 posts) 7y

I see what you mean, I've heard that being a problem with trips of this sort. Similar problems have been commented on the Ozbus etc also.

Lets see if anyone else replies as I've asked for further info from people on here previously but not had much response.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Oh my lord, an organised trip of 26 weeks? What masochist would like that?
Ok, everyone his/her thing, but why not do it alone and meet lots of more travellers (and locals)?

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Too scary for me as well. It would be like going on one of those round the world cruises when you're stuck on a boat, with people that are getting on your nerves week in - week out. Either I'd jump overboard or throw them over.

7. Posted by RichWatson (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Hi, I did the first Odyssey trip which left in April 2008. I know all the crew had spent years travelling and working for various companies before that, but this was the first as Odyssey, which makes me wonder who all these people are that Redpaddy knows, 'cos as far as I can see there's only the 23 people that did it when I went, and the new group that are doing it now! I'd be interested to know who you've spoken to about it as it doesn't sound anything like my experience.

Anyway, I loved it, as I would say the majority of the group I was with did. Admittedly not everything went to plan but the crew dealt with problems very professionally and found fantastic alternatives. The truck was well made, brilliantly set out and I can only think of one breakdown where we broke a spring, and that ended up with us camping in a Georgian village, playing football with the local kids, having rides on their horses and drinking with the local policeman!

Group travel isn't for everyone but it suits me perfectly - I enjoy getting to know people properly and to be honest get bored of meeting people in hostels one night and never seeing them again. You go to so many amazing places on a trip like this, it's nice to be with people who you get to know as friends and experience it with.
I can imagine that if you got a bad group then it could be a nightmare but it takes a certain type of person to sign up for something as long as this, which I think weeds out the bad ones! Either that or I was lucky that our group got on pretty well and there were no major problems. Anyway, if you get fed up with one person then there's always someone else to talk to.

If you're thinking of doing it then I'd say go for it, I can't recommend Pete & co. highly enough. If you're already booked on then I'm really jealous, wish I could afford to go do it all again now!

Rich

8. Posted by Taylor84 (Budding Member 49 posts) 7y

Hey Rich

Yeah me and my girlfriend are all booked up and also meeting Pete on Sunday. Can't wait.

What did you end up doing from the end of the trip? Been looking into going to Darwin or just flying straight to Cairns or something.

9. Posted by RichWatson (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

I went to Darwin with 2 others from the trip and had 4 days there before flying onto Cairns. That really wasn't enough time but we'd heard that Darwin wasn't all that great so booked flights onwards. We only had a day to sleep/recover/book the trips, then did a 2 day trip to Kakadu and one day in Litchfield - both were fantastic and are well worth a look but I'd say have a day or two inbetween to chill out and have a look around Darwin. Depends how much time you've got but I wish we'd driven across to Cairns now, as you'll realise after the trip you miss so much out when you fly over things!

After that the 3 of us hired a campervan from Cairns and spent 6 weeks going down the east coast to Melbourne, then I went across to Adelaide and did a 2 week trip up to the centre before going onto New Zealand and spending 6 months travelling and working there - I only got back 2 weeks ago!

If you've got a similar timeframe to me I'd say buy a campervan in Oz as we spent a fortune renting ours.

Have a fantastic time

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