Come with me to places that will touch your soul
make your heart sing and stay in your memories forever:
Mongolia – Land of the Sapphire Blue Sky MORE on our Mongolian Cultural and Camping trips
Morocco – Land of Culture, Food and Design: More on our Morocco Trips
Queensland – let me show you off the beaten Track More on Queensland
Womens Travel Adventures
by Rensina van den Heuvel
Read the story of our 21,000km journey
Five months later we had travelled 21,000 kilometres overland from Australia to Switzerland via Korea, Siberia, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, across the Black Sea into Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Liechtenstein, France and onto Switzerland. Read a great introduction to the book on Thelma and Louise
“Russian Documents” certainly transported me out of the comfort zone of my comfy computer chair in my safe Aussie world, to a world I knew nothing about! Rensina has shown me a very different world and its people. I had to go and get the atlas out to trace her epic journey with Allen.
I have decided this is something I will never even contemplate! It was good to read about it and not experience it. All congratulations to Rensina for surviving and relating the tale.
Her descriptions of the countryside, especially Mongolia are magnificent and enchanting. These were accompanied by the little capsules of the lives of the people and the starkness of their lives leaves a footprint on my mind”
Quotes from readers
Quote from Nick Earls, Author-“Batchelor Kisses”, “World of Chickens”……..
“Just when we thought the entire world had been found out and filmed and put in our lounge rooms, Rensina van den Heuvel shows us there is still scope for real adventure, and that discovery is more than the name of a TV channel.’
“Anyone with any interest in other cultures or travel would really enjoy this book. I think being Australian helped me enjoy it, but the Aussie-centric expressions and anecdotes are not out of reach for those unfamiliar. Overall, this is a brilliant story, compelling and fascinating”
Rensina’s Blog Posts
Mongolia – Morocco – Sri Lanka – Silk Road Overland Rensina van den Heuvel is a passionate overlander – traveling off the beaten track is her and partner Allen’s passion. You can join them on some or all of an ultimate 6 month overland journey on the Silk Road. More on that here Other Trips […]
Driving overland from Bulgaria to Mongolia in Russian 4X4 vehicles! Going over in one direction from Bulgaria through Georgia, Russia and on to Mongolia. Return trip is west across Mongolia, into Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan (or Iran) then on to Turkey and Bulgaria. Rensina van den Heuvel is a passionate overlander – leading […]
The early morning locals market is a riot of smells, from yummy to yuck in one breath. Slimy fish entrails, slide down from concrete benches, as the women clean and gut the days produce, almost everything is still alive. Prawns squirm in shallow bowls of water, frogs with a confused looks in their beady eyes […]
In remote Western Mongolia, there is a sprinkling of brilliant white snow on the mountains and as we come over a slight rise, a few small gers come into view. Allen is looking for some directions. Driving slowly towards the family camp, two women, one elder, an older man and a small girl emerge from […]
Our own Western perceptions of ‘Giving’ can sometimes be way out of alignment especially when it comes to other Cultures. A friend in Brisbane told me a small story of his experience of trying to ‘give’ to someone from another culture and the result what not what he expected. Upon moving into his new abode, […]
I wake. The truck is still and it’s quiet outside. Yey! No buffeting, sandblasting wind and the constant roaring which had become a familiar sound, has ceased. It is peaceful and all I hear is the meditative, gently soothing sound of waves .
I’ve had lots of overland experience throughout the world and have travelled to over 40 countries. My love for Mongolia takes me back every year to share it with like minded people. Dates of upcoming tours: 1-26 July 2016 Cultural Camping Expedition
Australian Rensina van den Heuvel has a passion for overland travel and leads trips to Mongolia regularly MORE on her trips. If five star hotels are your thing, this trip is not for you – but if you want to meet the people and the wildness that is Mongolia, join her.
Rensina van den Heuvel has traveled in Mongolia many times, and leads tours there (find out about upcoming trips here). This project is part of her desire to give back to the women she has met along the way. Read more about this below or more about her travels at Womens Travel Adventures Bags are […]
This story continues with Rensina van den Heuvel traveling overland from Finland in an old Russian truck First part of the Story here Right now as I write this, we are parked on the edge of the Bay of Finland, outside Tallin in Estonia. There’s just twenty metres or so to the water, so the […]
Excerpt from my next book ‘Overlanders’ By Rensina van den Heuvel Our small Aeroflot Russian aircraft landed into a cold, wet landscape of Finland. After a quick grab of our luggage, we whizzed out of the airport building, just in time to miss the bus to Espoo by 2 minutes. We would have to wait […]
Rensina Van Den Heuvel organises tours in Morocco, Queensland and Mongolia – here she writes about a day in Marrakech Mohammed came to pick me up in the Touristique van at 10.30am on the dot and the music that was wafting loudly from his stereo was very calming. The type of music which can make […]
Gaz 66 Takes us Over the Atlas Mountains how to get your girlfriend back The weather being cold and wet, got us moving to get over the Atlas Mountains in Morocco as soon as possible. We were looking for sunshine but could not forego an opportunity to visit the ‘blue’ mountain village of Chefchaouen along […]
The diminutive figure of a Mongolian woman came wading across the icy river near where we were camped. Holding her boots up high, fast flowing, foamy rapids threatened to swamp her as she struggled to find her footing. Pulling herself up onto the bank a few metres from where I was standing, she looked up […]
Rensina Heuvel writes about a scary moment in Mongolia Mongolia this year at the end of September and we are usually well on our way home, back to Australia. We were still in Western Mongolia, driving the seventeen hundred kilometres back to Ulan Bataar. The weather turned without warning as it can and often does […]
Rensina van den Heuvel Shares her Experience of Atar in Mauritania This article is about the North African country. Not to be confused with Mauritius. GOOGLE MAP. Today the wind has died down to a breeze and we have blue sky and sunshine. It’s nice to go into the market with another couple of travellers […]