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Family of 5 Lived in a Tiny Land Rover for Epic 9-Month Overland Travel

Can you imagine doing a 9-month road trip from London to Singapore in this little Land Rover?

This family of 5 did it!

Ray, Marianne, Liam, Seamus, and Declan are an adventurous quintuple who have done multiple overland journeys together.

Family of 5’s Epic Land Rover Adventure!

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Image © Ray and Liam Hyland

Their most epic trip so far involved shipping their 1954 Land Rover from Canada to the UK, and then driving it 16,000 miles from London to Singapore.

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Image © Ray and Liam Hyland

They were re-creating the first overland expedition from London to Singapore that was done in 1955 by 6 students from Oxford. It was called the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition.

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Image © Ray and Liam Hyland

The family had to pack like minimalists to fit all their gear into the Land Rover. They each had a backpack with one change of clothes, a down blanket, and a compressible pillow. They had tools, a kitchen box, folding chairs, and a box of books for the kids who were being home schooled during the trip.

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Image © Ray and Liam Hyland

To fund the trip, Ray, who is an advertising consultant, planned most of his projects before or after the journey, and he also did about a month’s worth of work while on the road.

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Image © Ray and Liam Hyland

Check out the Exploring Alternatives video below for interviews with the family about their adventure!

VIDEO: Family of 5 Lived in a Tiny Land Rover for Epic 9-Month Overland Travel

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • jb
    May 15, 2018, 11:35 am

    In the USA we call that home less.

    • Charlotte
      May 15, 2018, 3:27 pm

      I suspect they might be having a lot more fun than you though if that’s the only comment you can come up.
      I live in a 16 x 16 cabin on the outskirts of Fairbanks, Alaska. No running water. Outhouse. I don’t own much but I feel rich. I’m living exactly where I want to be. And when I am on the road on my bike….I feel even richer. It’s all relative……all VERY RELATIVE.

      • Mouzaya
        May 15, 2018, 4:41 pm

        I lived in a shipping container for 5 years with my one and three year old. Your comment made me grin ear to ear. You only know it, if you’ve felt it <3

    • James D.
      May 15, 2018, 4:54 pm

      No, just because someone lives a nomadic lifestyle does not mean they’re homeless!

      A home can be anything and isn’t limited to a house or need to be stationary…

      So someone can be a nomad, a person or a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another…

      Or a vagabond, which is a person who wanders from place to place without a home or regular employment or income…

      Or a wanderer, which is a person who travels aimlessly; a traveler…

      But still have something they consider their home that is always with them or they return to regularly.

      So only if one is without anything to call a home and it wasn’t by choice can they be considered homeless…

      These people are living a life they chose and they’re happy with that life… In the end that’s all that really matters!

      Besides, what they really are is just a family that had an epic 9 month adventure that not many people get to experience. Giving them memories and knowledge of the world that’ll last a lifetime and they’ll always cherish. Even as they have other adventures throughout their lives…

      Living one’s life to the fullest should never be looked down upon!

  • Frank
    May 15, 2018, 4:11 pm

    This is a memory that their boys will cherish for a lifetime.

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