The World's Greatest Motoring Adventure
It’s brilliantly simple. We give you a start point and a finish point but where you go or what you do in between is entirely your steaming bag of adventuring magic. We recommend that you don’t spend too long planning your route or pouring over useful maps or guidebooks. Find out what’s there when you arrive. Unleash the unexpected.
The Mongol Rally is the greatest motoring adventure on the planet. This intercontinental car rally will have us thundering over 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia. Rally teams must conquer some of the most ominous mountains, deserts and border crossings known to man.
Oh yeah, and we have to do it in a tiny 1000cc car with no on the road back up or support. Luckily, we found a 20 year-old Ford Fiesta that we bought for $100 from a guy we met on Facebook. To read about last years rally click here.
The rally organizers put it best: “The Mongol Rally is about getting lost, using your long neglected wits, and scraping into the finish line with your vehicle in tatters and a wild grin smeared across your grubby face. We live to find ways to make the world a bit more difficult. To bring chaos into our over-sanitized lives. To create adventures where you don’t know what will happen next or even if you’ll even make it to the end.”
But why? Besides this being the ultimate life-altering adventure, we hope to raise a butt load of cash for charity!
Skills: Playlist guru and queen of snacks
Fears: Leeches and taxi drivers
Goals: Combat mid life crisis
Skills: Navigator and money counter
Fears: Spicy food
Goals: Escape the corporate rat race
Skills: Hype man and Snapchat extraordinaire
Fears: Tall women
Goals: Pre-college adventure
Save The World
You’re right, saving the world does seem overly ambitious. How about you help us make it a little better?
In addition to traversing the planet behind an engine not much bigger than a lawn mower, we want to raise as much money for charity as possible. We are proud to partner with Smile Train to provide cleft lip and palate corrective surgeries to children in the developing world. The surgery can take as little as 45-minutes and only cost $250, but the impact is instant and life-changing. Our goal is to raise $5,000 which will cover the cost of surgery for 20 children. Every child deserves to smile.
Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. They provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ developing countries.
With the support of their donors and partners around the world, Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than one million children by giving them the power of a smile. This cause is special to us because Jake was born with a cleft lip and palate, and Madison studied Speech Pathology in school.
This is me! Cute baby, right?
I never realized the position of privilege I was born into simply because of the location of my birth. The surgeries and medical treatment I received as a baby and throughout my childhood meant that I can live a normal life without the adverse effects of an untreated cleft.
Sure, I may have been teased about it a few times as a kid and felt self-conscious at certain points growing up. But that is NOTHING compared to what kids all over the world have to go through that aren’t as lucky as me.
Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple and the transformation is immediate. A measly $250 will cover the cost of surgery to change a child’s life.
My grandma always hoped I would grow up to be a doctor and perform cleft surgeries for children in need around the world. While I haven’t quite lived up to those expectations, I hope in supporting Smile Train we can help even one child, who although may live worlds away, is just like me.
On our mission to make the world a better place, our goal is to provide 20 children in a developing country with cleft lip and/or palate corrective surgery. Below is the link to our fundraising page with Smile Train.
In addition to the warm fuzzy feeling of helping others, doing good is good for business. We can also offer brand exposure, blog mentions and product placement as we will travel through 20+ countries on this journey. 100% of your contributions will go to our charity, Smile Train, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Check out these awesome articles about our crazy adventure!
Travel partners and married couple Madison and Jake Leland are taking on the Mongol Rally in an effort to raise money for an international charity that provides cleft lip corrective surgeries, something Jake himself had as a child.