To make our “Long Way Home” travel project possible, we have called upon various companies and asked for their support to our cause. Our 11-month hitchhiking trip across Asia is a challenge both for our courage and our budget, especially so since we intend to carry out an exchange of cultural gifts and leave a small present with every family that hosts us.
We have been very lucky to find companies that support individual initiatives and you can be sure that all the sponsors who cooperate with us have been thoroughly selected and we genuinely recommend their products.
IMG Europe Ltd are an award winning global leader in providing a wide range of short and long-term international private medical and travel medical insurance plans to protect from unexpected medical costs. All their plans are designed for international and expatriate individuals, families and groups of virtually any nationality living, working or travelling worldwide.
Some of their best features and services include: 24/7 emergency medical helpline and medical staff; worldwide coverage of local nationals, foreign nationals and expats; instant online quotations, coverage that can be purchased after departure (or arrival); freedom to choose any medical provider within area of cover backed by global network access and more.
Funky Leisure is an independent travel and camping store specialising in adventure/gap year travel, festival/wild camping, motorcycle and VW campervan road trips. They have a large shop showroom in Twickenham SW London and deliver worldwide from their online store with same day dispatch and free delivery on orders over £75.
This cool outdoor retailer has a huge range of lightweight backpacking gear and travel essentials including backpacks, sleeping bags, travel hammocks, water purifiers, mosquito nets and repellents, solar phone chargers, backpacking tents and stoves etc… from over 50 quality brands.
A one-stop-shop for backpackers, adventure travellers and anybody heading off on a road trip!
Joe Brown is the UK’s leading outdoor and mountaineering retailer, having various top quality brand products on offer, ranging from climbing and camping equipment, through snow and ice gear, to outdoor clothing and footwear as well as rucksacks, mountaineering publications (guides, DVDs etc.) and travel essentials.
They deliver their fantastic gear worldwide and for free within the UK for orders higher that £30.
Joe Brown, after whom the shop is named, was considered the foremost rock climber and mountaineer of his generation, and perhaps the greatest all round mountaineer ever.
Icepeak is a sport and leisure clothing brand for young-minded and active people. The essence is functional design, rich colours and fascinating print patterns, which are inspired by global trends. Established in 1996 in Finland, Icepeak is already one of the biggest sports clothing brands in Europe.
They offer a wide range of clothing collections aimed at mountaineering, outdoor and winter sports enthusiasts, and use a variety of technologies for extreme weather conditions (icetech, raintech, windproof, quick dry, thermal etc).
We are proud to be one of their sponsorees in such excellent company as the Finnish national ski-jumping and hockey teams, the Norwegian national skicross team, the French cycling team and others.
Brubeck is the top thermo-active seamless clothing brand. They specialise in the highest quality thermal sports and outdoor clothes (Active line) as well as seamless cotton underwear (Comfort line). It’s the perfect brand for active people who value comfort and optimal heat maintenance while doing their hobbies both indoors and outdoors in any season.
Thanks to their innovative technology using tiny micro canals in the material fibres, body moisture is transported away from your skin by capillary forces and is then fully absorbed by the next material layer in order to keep your skin dry and the body temperature regulated. Their sports and outdoor base-layer has been thoroughly tested and recommended by many sport experts.
SpecShop is one of the biggest survival and military equipment distributors in Europe. At the moment you can find on offer over 10,000 original products at unbeatable prices, ranging from extreme camping, survival and self-defence gear to bags and rucksacks, military clothes and tactical shoes, knives, torches, night-vision equipment as well as air soft guns. Some of their most interesting gear to an outdoor traveller includes sleeping bags, first aid kits, compasses, water filtration systems, cooking and fire starting tools, insect repellents and water protection clothes and bags. With their high quality products you can be sure to survive in all extreme outdoor conditions.
SpecShop is based in Poland but their website can be viewed also in English and they ship within the whole EU, accepting payment via PayPay and wire transfer.
Spideroak is a cloud storage platform that allows you to back up, sync, share and store your files with ‘Zero-Knowledge‘, which means that all your data is encrypted and stored safely. Even with physical acto the storage servers, SpiderOak staff cannot even see the names of your files and folders.
It’s Mac, Windows and Linux Compatible and you can add any number of devices at NO additional cost. Moreover it’s 10-15 times faster than traditional backup solutions.
Spideroak cloud storage is the ultimate solution for all long term travellers who care about the safety of their data and need instant access to it from anywhere in the world.
Dropmysite is an industry leader in website, database, email and mobile phone data backup technologies over the cloud, offering secure and easy to-use services to small and medium businesses around the globe. It has 3 main products:
★ Website & Database backup (dropmysite.com) – Automated website and database backup. Dropmysite provides a simple and easy to use interface for users to backup their website and database.
★ Email Backup (dropmyemail.com) – Backup & Archive Email on the cloud. Just enter your email id and password and Dropmyemail will automatically backup your email account.
★ Mobile phone backup (dropmymobile.com) – One App to backup them all. Dropmymobile will back up your entire mobile phone with just a click of a button. Currently available for only android mobile users.
Ebuyer.com is one of the UK’s largest online retailers of electrical and computer products, with over 70,000 high quality, own brand and leading brand products. From laptops, desktop PCs, tablet PCs and LCD televisions, to domestic appliances and even toys. In 2012 they were voted Best Specialist Online Retailer by PC Advisor. Ebuyer attracts 3.7 million visitors a month, so you can surely trust the best value of their products.
Gap Year Travel Store is an excellent travel shop based in Leeds (UK) where you will find all the travel essentials you need for your trip, from lightweight backpacks and compact sleeping bags, through the best quality outdoor clothing and travel gadgets, to personal hygiene items and camping cooking equipment.
In their online store you can even search for items by selecting the region of the globe you’re going to travel to and their helpful staff are always there when you need professional advice on travel gear.
Gap year Travel Store is the perfect shop not only for gap year travellers, but for every lightweight orientated and budget-conscious adventurer.
Stanfords is the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories as well as perfect gifts for travel enthusiasts. Their flagship store in Covent Garden, London, first opened its doors in January 1901 and houses the world’s largest stock of maps and travel books under one roof. They stock some very specialist and hard to find items, so if you are heading to an off-the-beaten-path destination, you can be sure to find the map you need at Stanfords.
Stanfords has been an essential first port of call for adventure and armchair travellers alike for more than a century. Their roll-call of customers past and present includes such famous names as Amy Johnson, David Livingstone, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, and even Sherlock Holmes.
The shop, established in 1853 by Edward Stanford, has now two branches: one in London’s Covent Garden and one in Bristol.
Amoeba Music in Hollywood is the world’s largest independent record store with over 1 million new and used CDs, LPs, DVDs, Blu-Ray, videos, 45s, 78s, books, posters and more. With more than 35,000 square feet of shopping space, you’ll find any and every genre of music and movies imaginable including rare, hard-to-find, collectable and import titles.
Offering free live in-store performances every week from some of the best local and national touring bands, Amoeba Music is a gathering place, a community for music lovers celebrating individuality and diversity; preserving music and recycling culture.
Amoeba.com offers free shipping on all music and movies (no minimum) in the U.S! They also have shops in Berkeley and San Francisco!
Source produces groundbreaking hydration systems and sandal technology and is a word leader in tactical gear and travel accessories. It has been providing quality products for over 20 years and is currently available in more than 25 countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa amongst others.
SOURCE is a company with strong ties and responsibility to the community, promoting and enhancing the idea of a sustainable local economy. Each year 5% of SOURCE’s net profit is dedicated to social or environmental activities in the local community.