Germany and USA
Hard to say. We both travelled a lot with our families as kids and just continued as adults. But we guess the groundbreaking moment was our honeymoon road trip in Iceland in 2019.
Chris : I went on a 10 day overlanding and off-roading exploration trip to Oman in 2001, which was not only a big adventure but also left quite an impact on me. After that it was mostly hiking and mountain biking in the mountains. When Kata and I met we went hiking together and continued to push our boundaries and skills, but the game changer was clearly our honeymoon trip to Iceland!
Chris : We travelled a lot when I was a kid and also spent many weekends in the mountains. As an adult I would end up working in the tourism industry and continue travelling the world and seeing exciting places. So, I've also had that drive to "go places".
Kata: I started exploring the world on horseback when I was 13 years old. We kids sometimes were out for 7-8 hours. The older I got the more outdoor activities were added. I bought my own horse, started mountaineering, hiking and mountain-biking. And I was lucky enough to have parents who would take their kids on amazing vacations to see the world. When I was seven we went on a 4 week road trip in the States...and I guess this is when my love for roaming the planet was born.
Chris: I've been in the tourism industry for 27 years now, so I have quite some experience in organizing tours and routes. I've also been actively hiking for 30 years now.
Kata: My Dad is a total petrol head. He's been racing and fixing cars his whole life and passed his enthusiasm for cars on to me. He taught me everything I need to know about driving and when things go pear-shaped with the Landy, we have someone to turn to for advice and help.
Israel, Jordan, Oman, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Turkey, USA, Canada, Austria, France, Russia, UK, Switzerland, Cyprus, Egypt. We live close to the Bavarian Alps, so we explore the local area constantly.
See new places, enjoy and discover local food, understand different cultures.
Faroe Islands, Iceland (over and over again) and Scandinavia in general.
Our vehicle of choice will always be our Land Rover Defender (2011, Puma 2.2). The vehicle went through a complete camper-conversion including a pop top-roof tent. For off-roading and better handling: 40 mm lift (Trekfinder) and wheel-spacers.
Hiking gear, recovery gear, Jetboil :-), GPS outdoor watches, first-aid-kit.
The world is such a wonderful place and it would be a shame not to embrace it in all its wonders and beauty.
We try to learn the language or at least the basics. We want to eat where the locals eat and share the same food. On the road you always meet like minded people that love to travel and explore, especially other Landy owners. Connecting through social media helps as well.
We love to broaden our horizon and actively welcome new influences as a gift. There is so much we can learn from each other!
Discover and see new places, yet always be respectful towards nature and the locals. We love creating new memories and experiencing wonderful things together.
Everything from incredible heat to freezing cold, technical problems of all sorts and health issues.
Our road trip in Iceland was the best experience so far, but if we had to nail it down, probably being on the glaciers, which was an unforgettable and otherworldly experience. Hearing from our guide, that this seemingly eternal wall of ice is decreasing rapidly and will probably be gone in about 80 years, made us even more aware of the importance to do as much as one can to protect our environment.
It has made us humble, but additionally always yearning for more. We love this sense of freedom.
Safety first! If you don't feel it, don't do it.
We live close to the Bavarian Alps and we know the area quite well. During the year we go hiking and mountaineering a lot, in the winter we do more snowshoe hiking.
You can watch documentaries on TV, you can eat at your favourite Greek restaurant and practice Yoga in your hometown gym... but we believe it will never be as mind-opening as it will be when you travel and experience the culture, food and ways of life in the countries they come from. It's about stepping out of your comfort zone and being open for something new. It is about embracing the beauty of nature, being connected and treating everything and everyone with the utmost respect. Traveling is one of the best ways to expand your horizon, learn from and grow with the people you meet on your journeys. For us this is freedom.
Really read into your destination first. Prepare for your trip accordingly (clothing, gear, customs etc.). Always plan enough time and be realistic about your own skills. Be respectful towards nature and never take unnecessary and dangerous risks that could harm yourself or others.
GPS vs. maps and a compass. :-D
It's easier to get information beforehand today and come as prepared as possible, we guess. The technology behind outdoor clothing and equipment of today brings a lot of advantages.