We are from Thuringia, Germany.
When we met 20 years ago we were already interested in traveling. It stayed that way. Only the way of traveling has changed.
We all grew up in Germany in a small town in the Thuringian forest. Daniel is a master hairdresser in his own salon, Claudia works in the tax office and Anni goes to high school. Piper is our almost 16 year old little Münsterländer.
It is an adventure to be on the road with our old Unimog. Since the car has been around, we have acquired a great deal of knowledge and skills in order to be able to help ourselves. We have friends who are fitters, who give us support. Daniel was a medic in the army, we have a large medicine bag with us. On the way we use information online, also for navigation. Claudia likes to use real maps for planning.
We have traveled to over 40 countries so far, from Europe, America, Africa, Asia to New Zealand. We took most of the trips together. But, there are still many white spots on the map.
When we first met we were backpacking travelers for many years. Since 2006 our Anni was born, we have rented motorhomes and toured Canada and Alaska. This is where the desire for our own vehicle arose, to be able to travel independently. We have had our Unimog since 2017 and are on the road with it in Europe, because Anni still goes to school.
These goals are ideal for our vehicle. Here we find remoteness,, nature, campfires.
It can be beautiful anywhere, you don’t necessarily have to go far. In summer we like to be in the North (Canada, Scandinavia), in winter in the south (Sardinia / Corsica).
We’re traveling with the legendary Mercedes Unimog 4x4, built in 1992.
You can’t hide with a unimog. He opens doors for us wherever we are. People meet us with curiosity and warmth, we quickly get into conversation. We like to buy local products at small markets. Since October 2020 we have been actively connected to many off-roaders who love to travel and share on Instagram.
There is a great German saying here by Alexander von Humboldt.
We try to translate it:
“ The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people who have never looked at the world “
Every journey has its own challenge. sometimes it’s the planning (in coronavirus times), sometimes the journey itself. Usually there are technical challenges along the way (broken brake line / defective clutch) in the most unfavorable places.
Each of us has our own moment
We realized that less is more. We can live long and well with just a few things in 6 square meters.
We drive the Unimog, hike, drive a boat or take the drone.
The mantra is to treat everything that you encounter with respect.
For us it started with a 10 year plan …
We take 10 years to plan our exit from everyday life bit by bit.
In the meantime, we’ll make short trips to see how it works.