Normally not a ton of guest bloggers write here, since my big mouth always has something to say. For a change I’m keeping quiet while Lauren from Abandon the Cube takes the reins. Enjoy!
What are you doing this summer? One group of adventurous Americans are taking to the road less traveled to raise money for charity.
The Mongol Rally is a 10,000 mile charity adventure from the center of the United Kingdom to the capital of Mongolia, across rough terrain in a tiny, 1 liter car. If this sounds ridiculous to you, you’re not in the minority. Though some 2,000 people from all walks of life participate in the rally, only a fraction finish the harrowing and enthralling race. It isn’t all fun and games, each team not only prepares visas, licenses, car registrations and all the details required for this trans-Asian and European race, but they must also raise a significant amount of money for Mercy Corps Mongolia. This is a worthy charity that helps local Mongolian herders and craftsmen stay independent and find markets for their products. Meanwhile, Mongolia is one of America’s strongest and most strategically positioned allies in Asia, sandwiched as it is between Russia and China.
One American team, Abandon the Cube (that’s us!), is preparing for this event from the heart of the USA- in Chicago, Illinois. We are gathering our wits, equipment, and slathering snazzy passport photos on visa applications for over 20 countries, and are as excited as possible about our upcoming race across Asia.
Want to be a part of this amazing adventure? Abandon the Cube is busy raising money for Mercy Corps Mongolia, and you can help by making a small donation to the cause directly through our website. All donations help us get closer to reaching our fund raising goal, and closer to Mongolia. Also, the team is looking for corporate sponsors to help them fund the adventure, and have a sponsorship proposal for interested parties.
There you go folks, open your hearts and support this cause. After all, isn’t independence what most travelers strive for? Whether you hotel hop, couch surf it, or engage in the hostel life, there’s always an element of blazing your own trail. Thanks, Lauren! I may have to do this guest post thing more often…