The beginnings

Jane Meighan set off on her first big adventure at the age of 17, heading to Australia to spend three months there. Her family hadn’t travelled a lot, so it was an eye-opening experience for her, and laid the foundations of her love for travel.

Since then, she’s spent a fair bit of time in Western Europe, visiting friends and enjoying the art – especially the Gaudi museum in Barcelona.

Now she’s planning a RTW completely overland … well, by sea and land at least.

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Round the world by land and sea

As an environmentally conscious person, a comment made by a friend about her carbon footprint made Jane realise how much flying she was doing, and what that was doing to the environment. So she’s decided to travel around the world by land and sea.

Jane and friends at Edinburgh Zoo!

She’ll start in Edinburgh, and travel down the UK to catch a boat to Amsterdam before travelling slowly through Eastern Europe. The Trans-Siberian train will take her across Russia, and she’ll travel by cargo ship from Shanghai to the States and from the other side of the States back to the UK after cross-country trip.

Jane at Hippo's Yawn
Jane at Hippo's Yawn


Although Jane has got the big picture sorted out, she plans to organise the details as she goes along. A bit of research has of course helped a lot – she knows, for example, that it’s a lot cheaper to buy trans-Siberian tickets in Moscow than book them from the UK. She’ll use point-to-point tickets in Eastern Europe, buying as she goes to keep her options open.

It’s going to be an awesome journey, and you can follow her travels on Twitter, Facebook, or her site


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Your thoughts on "Round the world by sea and land podcast"

  • Very wise to buy tickets step by step!

    on September 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • You will need to be flexible Booking The Trans Mongolian Railway in Moscow as yes it is cheaper but it is a very, very popular train and you may find it booked out for weeks. Tour companies buy up masses of tickets for there tour groups and travellers tend to buy in advance. Don't worry about it being uncomfortable on Cargo ships as they are decked out beautifully. You will eat with the crew and your fellow travellers which tends to be around 10 or 12. Lots of food and drink and very comfortable cabins, only boredom will be the problem. This will be the most expensive form of transport. Have a great trip :)

    on September 18, 2010 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Another point on the Trans-Sib ticket is that yes it is cheaper to buy in Moscow. But. You need to have proof of your onward journey to get the Russian visa in the first place, so it's Catch 22. I guess you could book a cheap flight to the Baltics and cancel it though? Just thought I'd throw that in there.

    on September 25, 2010 at 7:15 am Reply

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