‘Crossing Continents with Top Deck, the travel revolution of the 70s-90s’

Top Deck double deckers offered a revolutionary form of long-distance transport from the 70s to the 90s. The large Bristish Lodekkas carried under 35s for Top Deck Travel vast distances through SE Asia, the Middle East and Australia in a new innovative mode of no frills adventure tourism. Taken on by Top Deck as a double decker bus driver in early 1977, the author conducted back to back European tours for a year before he was set loose on his first overland tour, London to Kathmandu and return. A three-week dash to Kathmandu stumbling into the start of the civil war in Afghanistan and mixing in with a government crackdown and soldiers and tanks on the roads. The author describes his exciting and sometimes harrowing experiences on six overland trips as both driver and courier. Finally, he embarked on the massive 20-week Sydney to London tour in 1980 across Australia by decker, through South East Asia by whatever means possible and the third and final leg aboard ‘Casper’. This double decker took its 20 punters across India, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Jordan Israel, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Italy. The entire tour passed through 21 countries and covered 34,000 kilometres conquering places where the buses’ designers never meant them to go. This mammoth trip was the author’s final hurrah, it was on this trip that he met his future wife Hilde, now married for 34 years.

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