While you were planning for 'that Goa trip' to finally happen this time around, in a parallel universe, 3 women - all mothers in their mid 30s - drove all the way from Delhi to London! If that wasn't cool enough, they did it in less than 100 days! Yes, that's right.
A whopping 21, 477 kms via road, Rashmi Koppar, Dr Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari had been planning the trip for a while now. Having only one driver in the team did not let them down and the women bravely faced rough terrains, high altitudes, unending snow, and heavy rains together, all with a smile on their faces.
Travelling 600kms a day, the trio began their journey in June 2015 and went all the way from India, Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbe kistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom, reported TOI.
Setting a kickass example of badassery, Dr Soumya shared that they wanted to tell the women of the world that such expeditions are possible and that there was nothing to be scared of. "We avoided driving late at night, instead, spent evenings exploring the cities. In fact, we didn't find a single woman driving on the highway till we reached Europe," she told TOI.
Out of the trio, only Nidhi had prior experience in off-the-road jeeping and long-distance, high-altitude driving, but that didn't prove to be a deterrent in their journey. The trio documented their inspiring journey on Women Beyond Boundaries .
But a 21,000 km journey without challenges is just not possible. They had their fair share of problems as well. The ladies had to make do with sign language and Google translate in a lot of countries.
Another thing that they did not see coming was the Myanmar landslide. "When we were stuck due to a landslide in Manipur, the locals offered to help us. We trusted them and stayed with their families and also got to taste home-cooked Manipuri food. The trip reinforced my faith in human goodness," Rashmi was quoted as saying by TOI.