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55 Countries in 8 Months: This Mumbai Couple’s Epic Road Trip Will Give You Wanderlust

Janet and Louis D’Souza wanted to head out on an adventure in 2016 and an adventure is exactly what they found themselves in.

From May 2016 to January 2017, this couple from Mumbai drove to 52 countries and in the process also raised money to help the underprivileged.

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It was another Indian family’s epic road trip that inspired the D’Souza’s to start planning their own. When Janet and Louis read about the Baid family that had covered 11 countries in 111 days, they decided they could do the same. So, they reached out to the Baid family directly to get help with planning the trip. Once the logistics were settled, all that was left was for them to do was hit the road.

And that’s exactly what they did.

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Chronicling their journey on their Facebook page, the D’Souzas began their trip from Mumbai and drove all the way to London and back. Along the way some of the countries they hit were China, Russia, Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar and more.

But they also ensured that their trip while enjoyable also served a noble purpose. For every kilometre they covered, they put aside Rs 10.

Thus by the end of the journey, they had collected Rs 5 lakh. They also raised another Rs 6 lakh and would be donating the total sum to two of their favourite charities – Muskaan and White Doves.

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As it is with every road trip, there were some hiccups along the way. For the couple, it meant driving an additional 2,000 km to go to Thailand, so they could enter Myanmar. They also suspended their road trip briefly at that time, left their car behind in Myanmar and returned to India to celebrate Christmas. Of course soon enough they were back to the country to continue with their journey.


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While it won’t be surprising for most people to suffer from traveler’s fatigue at this point, the two say that they are already planning their next drive – this time they want to go to Australia and New Zealand.

For all intents and purposes, they have just got started.

White Doves can be contacted here

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