I am new here on this forum, i found it while i was searching for relevant information for my trip.
so perhaps you people can help me.
btw, i am dutch so english is not my native language and it is anything but good.
Ok my dream is to travel by car ( or rather van) to israel.
yet, my plan is not to go directly to israel but hit some other countrys on the way there aswel.
i speak dutch,hebrew and english. i am also working on learning arabic but that is not too important right now.
has anyone some ideas ? some advices perhaps or anything that can help me on my way.
please, please share your wisedom and knowledge with me and help me to acomplish my goal.
also, are there people who have done this before ? if so can you please tell me about the problems you have encountered or the places to visit definitly.
Every litle peace of information will help me alooot, like for example ; when your van breaks down, is it easy to get parts ? what van is the best for this purpose (ofcourse, like most travelers i am not rich so i can not aford expensive vans like humers or anything like that but it has to be large because i have to live in i for a while ofcours. ) in the midle east what are the most comon vans ? and so on.
please help me with your knowledge travelers,
and once again my english isnt too good , i can read it and expres myself in it but as you can see, the spelling is far from perfect and i am sure there are lots of gramatical erors aswell.
thank you very much,
Hi be'aretz (William). I was supposed to have done a similar thing last year - UK/Vladivostok - but ran out of time before I got enough money together. I ended up doing a 'short' trip around Europe to get it out of my system, mostly sleeping in the car or on beaches, in woods, etc. Only problems I had with the car was a bit of dirt in the fuel system and overheated brake fluid coming down the Swiss Alps. Not bad for a £60 car! So, I can personally recommend good break pads/shoes and a good high temperature fluid.
If it's just you then you have a big advantage, as overloading with people and baggage causes overheating, broken suspension/exhaust, etc, also bad driving on bad roads. My own criteria was not to take any more personal stuff than I can actually carry (I tried to think of it like backpacking) Things to do with the car, like spare parts and tools, should be very carefully chosen - that only comes with knowing your car. Keeping it light makes it cheaper to run and less tiring to drive. The two main points in my view.
I can't recommend which vehicle you take, but a good repair manual let me check everything and get to know the car - preferably a few months before the journey. But there's just too much to talk about in one post and other sites will help from people that have actually done it.
It sounds like a great trip - and I'm still thinking about doing mine. I've dropped a link for a good site. They are mainly bikers (4 wheels also) but there's some great advice concerning paperwork and all kinds of other stuff. I see them as 'professional' travelers. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/ But if there's anything you want to ask me, I'm very happy to share anything I've learnt so far.
Do you know when you are going yet?
I am planning to go around august of 2011. but if all goes well acording to my calculations, maybe late december of this year.
Personaly i am strongly considering purchasing a mercedes Vito, as it is very large and fairly cheap to drive.
Your advice is very good , i shall write it down and keep it in mind.
unfortunately i am in a bit of a hury today, but when i have some spare time , probaly today or tomorow i shall be more specific about my plan.
have a great day !
I doubt you'd need to change anything on a Mercedes Vito!
If I had one I'd probably live in it.
[ Edit: Edited on 16-Jan-2010, at 06:18 by fabyomama ]
One question: Have you been to Israel before? Have you stamps from that visit in your passport? The Syrians will not let you into their country if there is any indication that you have been to Israel or that you plan to visit Israel.
You should also look into the rules for importing a car to Israel. You'll have to fly back to the Netherlands if you wish to return, so the car will stay there. This means a lot of red tape.
Similarily there is some red tape attached to bringing a NL-registered car into Syria and Jordan and possibly also into some Balkan-countries. I think you need a carnet de passage. Insurance might be a problem too. You'll be fine inside the EU and Turkey though.
My plan is easy, or maybe not so easy but i gues that depends how you look at it.
The plan is to go to israel, by traveling trough the lower part of europe, and by that i mean (france, italia, greece,etc.)
and im not certain yet of what to do from there, perhaps use turkey to go from syria and eventualy israel,
or just go to spain instead of italia, and travel by boat to the coast of morroco and then go to algeria, tunesia, libya.
In other words, use the north african countrys to reach israel.
But either way there are many risks bound to it, for example ; robbers and "terorists".
to answer your question t_maia,
I have never been to israel before, but i am aware that in order to enter israel you are not alowed to have entered for example, iran because you pose a threat that way to their security.
but what do you mean by redtape ?
and i am not planing to return to the netherlands, yet i am not planing to stay in israel aswel,
if all goes acording to my plan i wish to travel to india too, but that is nowhere soon .
but you think either way israel will take my car ?
and thank you for the link to the horizonsunlimited website , fabyomama.
i took a quick look around and i noticed it was filled with information, as soon as i have some free time il read into it,
thank you very much.
also, which of these two are beter , and by that i mean which last the longest and is the cheapest when it comes down to fuel eficency the mercedes vito or a volkswagen transporter t5 ?
there both awesome cars but i can get the mercedes sligthly cheaper.