Tuesday, 26 July 2016

On Assignment

Chris Raven (L) Simon Raven (R)
NOVEMBER, 2017-18

RIO TO NYC

New book in the pipeline...


JUNE, 2018

MOROCCO

Morocco by Rail: Tangier – Meknes – Fes – Rabat – Casablanca – Marrakech

Chefchaouen to Al Hoceima: One of Morocco’s most memorable mountain road journeys.


SPAIN

EXTREMADURA

Cáceres to Mérida: A 75km Walk Along The Silver Way

The Silver Way (Via de la Plata) is the longest of the pilgrim routes in Spain, and runs along an ancient path founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Starting from Seville in Andalucia, it runs northwards through the provinces of Extremadura and Castilla y Leon to Salamanca and Zamora.


Monday, 25 July 2016

The Frida Kahlo Experience (Mexico) by Simon Raven

A Self Portrait of Frida Kahlo in the Garden of the Casa Azul. By Chris Raven
By Simon Raven

The first time I heard of the Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo, I was visiting the Argentine Capital of Buenos Aires. It was the summer of 2005, and I had arranged to meet a journalist who worked for La Nacion, the national newspaper of Argentina. I’d fallen into conversation with Martina in a café in the colonial city of Sucre in Bolivia some weeks before. She'd invited to show me around her city, and we’d agreed to meet outside the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA) the day before I was due to return home to London.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Driving the Trans-Siberian in Lonely Planet Russia

Lonely Planet Russia: The Linger Longer by Chris and Simon Raven
I saw this in Lonely Planet Russia for the first time today! So cool to be mentioned in the same paragraph as Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman. (Chris Raven)

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Ravens on the Road: Overland Travel Adventure


Four overland adventures across the USA, Russia, Black Sea & South America.


Driving the Trans-Siberian
by Chris Raven & Simon Raven

Ever had the desire to jump in your car and keep driving; to wave goodbye to routine and commitment, to drive into the unknown hungry for adventure? Well, that is precisely what overland travel writers, Chris Raven and Simon Raven, decided to do whilst stacking boxes of frozen oven chips in a -30 degrees freezer. Not being petrol heads and having zero knowledge of the internal combustion engine, the brothers fired up their rusty Ford Sierra Sapphire and headed east. 

After clocking up over 11,000 miles, quite literally living in the car, they miraculously arrived in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in Siberia on the Sea of Japan. What they had in fact done was to drive the entire length of the new Amur Highway before it was finished, which crosses Russia and the notorious Zilov Gap in a 6,200 mile swath of cracked tarmac and potholes. Along the way our trusty heroes drink vodka with Chechen criminals, escape highway robbery, trade banana flavoured condoms with Russian cops, meet the eccentric and plain weird at truck stops in darkest Siberia, endure torturous road conditions and have a race to the finish with the Germans. Surviving this insane journey by the skin of their teeth the brothers are forced to confront their worst fears in this toe-curling comedy of extreme road trip adventure.

Priding themselves in going it alone, Simon and Chris have been noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”.



Carnival Express
by Simon Raven & Chris Raven


Overland travel writers, Chris Raven and Simon Raven, embark on a new comedy adventure that leads them to the wild and colourful continent of South America. From bull's testicles in Buenos Aires to bums and boobs on the beaches of Brazil, the Raven brothers put their dream plans into action and traverse the Trans-oceanic highway from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast of South America.

Pioneering a new frontier over the Andes and through the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, the bizarre and the beautiful cross their dusty path as they seek inspiration for a new book and go in search of the ultimate carnival. Not always getting it right, Simon and Chris tango through the Argentinean vineyards, cycle to the Moon in Chile, lose themselves in the mysterious world of the Inca Empire, swim with caiman in the Madre de Dios, experience panic in the Pantanal, The Rolling Stones in Rio and conclude their journey in Olinda at the carnival of the soul.



Road to Damascus in a Ford Escort

In the summer of 2007 I drove with my brother from the UK to Damascus in the Middle East. Our thoughts are with the kind people we met during our journey, who are now the innocent victims of war. Read about our experience in this complex region of the world.
Simon Raven & Chris Raven in Syria on the Road to Damascus
I was understandably apprehensive when my brother, Simon, first suggested the idea of driving to Syria in a rusty Ford Escort.
  ‘Maybe it's safer to explore Scandinavia instead?’ I’d replied, my head buried deep inside a world atlas. 'Lakes and forests. Cute reindeer.'
  He raised an eyebrow. ‘No, it’ll be absolutely fine. According to Lonely Planet Syria is one of the safest countries to visit in the Middle East.’ He flipped a burger on the barbecue. 'Besides, Damascus is the oldest city in the world. It'll be mind blowing.'
  Toasting our latest expedition with a mug of tea we agreed to take one step at a time and see how far we could get. Our road trip to the Middle East was about to begin...

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Carnival Express: A South America Adventure

Carnival Express
by Simon Raven & Chris Raven

Overland travel writers, Chris Raven and Simon Raven, embark on a new comedy adventure that leads them to the wild and colourful continent of South America. From bull's testicles in Buenos Aires to bums and boobs on the beaches of Brazil, the Raven brothers put their dream plans into action and traverse the Trans- oceanic highway from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast of South America.

Pioneering a new frontier over the Andes and through the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, the bizarre and the beautiful cross their dusty path as they seek inspiration for a new book and go in search of the ultimate carnival. Not always getting it right, Simon and Chris tango through the Argentinean vineyards, cycle to the Moon in Chile, lose themselves in the mysterious world of the Inca Empire, swim with caiman in the Madre de Dios, experience panic in the Pantanal, The Rolling Stones in Rio and conclude their journey in Olinda at the carnival of the soul.



Friday, 26 February 2016

A Little Walk to the Top of the World

Chris Raven on the Knivskjellodden trail. (Photo © Simon Raven)
Sparking up their Vauxhall Corsa hatchback the Raven brothers drive to the top of Norway with a mission to walk the Knivskjellodden trail. 

By Chris Raven

I've always been intrigued to find out what lies at the very top of Norway, 500 miles beyond the Arctic Circle and at the very top of northern Europe. So, here I am with my brother, Simon, at the start of the Knivskjellodden trail, waiting patiently for an Arctic storm to pass by. The radio in the small $500 hatchback that we've driven up here from England isn't working. Instead we occupy ourselves by munching on stale custard creams and reading the information on the back of a bottle of suntan lotion.

Two Russia Road Trips by the Raven brothers

Driving the Trans-Siberian
by Chris Raven, Simon Raven

Ever had the desire to jump in your car and keep driving, to wave goodbye to routine and commitment; to drive into the unknown hungry for adventure? Well, that is precisely what overland travel writers, Chris Raven and Simon Raven, decided to do whilst stacking boxes of frozen oven chips in a -30 degrees freezer. Not being petrol heads and having zero knowledge of the internal combustion engine, the brothers fired up their rusty Ford Sierra Sapphire and headed east. 

After clocking up over 11,000 miles, quite literally living in the car, they miraculously arrived in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in Siberia on the Sea of Japan. What they had in fact done was to drive the entire length of the new Amur Highway before it was finished, which crosses Russia and the notorious Zilov Gap in a 6,200 mile swath of cracked tarmac and potholes. Along the way our trusty heroes drink vodka with Chechen criminals, escape highway robbery, trade banana flavoured condoms with Russian cops, meet the eccentric and plain weird at truck stops in darkest Siberia, endure torturous road conditions and have a race to the finish with the Germans. Surviving this insane journey by the skin of their teeth the brothers are forced to confront their worst fears in this toe-curling comedy of extreme road trip adventure.

Order your copy online from Amazon and all major book retailers.






Black Sea Circuit
By Chris Raven, Simon Raven

The legends of Jason and the Argonauts, Noah’s Ark and a tribe of fierce female warriors known as the Amazons all originate from the Black Sea.


Gripped by curiosity, Simon and Chris fire up their twenty year old Volvo that looks, “as rustic and weather-beaten as a Cold War tank” and embark on a quest to drive full circle around this ancient body of water at the birthplace of civilisation.

In the shadow of rising tension in Ukraine, the brothers get up close and personal with the fascinating people who inhabit the six nations that surround these colourful shores. Living on the road like the nomadic horse bowmen who once ruled the steppe grasslands, they explore Crimea, the Caucasus region of southern Russia’s “Wild West”, the Georgian kingdom of Colchis, Turkey’s Pontic coast, the megacity of Istanbul and complete their journey in Romania at the outfall of the mighty River Danube.

A career in overland adventure travel was launched when Simon and Chris coaxed a rusty Ford Sierra across Siberia from the UK to Vladivostok. Priding themselves in going it alone, the brothers have been noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”.

Order your copy online from Amazon and all major book retailers. ISBN 9780954884284.


UK Amazon: Buy Black Sea Circuit >


Thursday, 11 February 2016

“Mountain of the Gods" Climbing Mount Olympus


Chris Raven climbing Mount Olympus. (Photo © Simon Raven)
The Raven brothers drive to Greece in their quest to climb to the top of Mount Olympus, the home of Zeus.

By Chris Raven

I have only climbed two mountains in my life. The first was Ben More on the Isle of Mull in Scotland at the tender age of fifteen. There I was an adolescent teenager with a bumfluff moustache and skinny legs, battling through the whipping rain on an adventure to the summit. My second mountain was one in the Himalayas in Nepal. At twenty-four I was stronger, wiser, and I knew how to pierce a blister with a pair of scissors. An old Dutchman in our shelter that cold, dark night told me, “In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t”.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Driving the Trans-Siberian: The Ultimate Road Trip Across Russia

Ever had the desire to jump in your car and keep driving, to wave goodbye to routine and commitment; to drive into the unknown hungry for adventure? Well, that is precisely what overland travel writers, Chris Raven and Simon Raven, decided to do whilst stacking boxes of frozen oven chips in a -30 degrees freezer. Not being petrol heads and having zero knowledge of the internal combustion engine, the brothers fired up their rusty Ford Sierra Sapphire and headed east. 

After clocking up over 11,000 miles, quite literally living in the car, they miraculously arrived in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in Siberia on the Sea of Japan. What they had in fact done was to drive the entire length of the new Amur Highway before it was finished, which crosses Russia and the notorious Zilov Gap in a 6,200 mile swath of cracked tarmac and potholes. Along the way our trusty heroes drink vodka with Chechen criminals, escape highway robbery, trade banana flavoured condoms with Russian cops, meet the eccentric and plain weird at truck stops in darkest Siberia, endure torturous road conditions and have a race to the finish with the Germans. Surviving this insane journey by the skin of their teeth the brothers are forced to confront their worst fears in this toe-curling comedy of extreme road trip adventure.

Priding themselves in going it alone, Simon and Chris have been noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”.

Order your copy online from Amazon and all major book retailers.