For Toby it all started with an adventure trip to Canada, where he built a raft with 5 friends and rafted 640km on the Yukon River to Dawson City. That's when his love of travel and adventure really got to him. However, he had been backpacking for months before that - which he then repeated over and over again.
Martina accompanied Toby on one such backpacking trip, whereupon we fell in love and have been traveling and going through life together ever since.
Martina studied Psychology and worked in the Human Resource Business, with a focus on developing people. Toby was a metal-worker and worked as a Project Manager in big security-projects.
Toby's education has given him a good mechanical knowledge. This helps a lot with our multiple car repairs.
Toby: South America, North America, Southeast-Asia, India, Japan, Middle East, Somalia, Europa - total 42 countries
Martina: USA, Southeast-Asia, India, Japan, Middle East, Benin, Europa – total 32 countries
We travel with an old (1997) Land Rover Defender and without a time limit through the world. The plan was to get around the globe. However, we slow down with our travel speed and we just see where, when and how long it takes us. Traveling without a big plan gives us a lot of freedom and joy..
More of the middle east- The culture, which is so different from ours, fascinates us. We would like to experience more of it. Besides, the nature there fascinates us very much!
A big wish - especially from Martina - is to travel to South America. Toby has been there before, but wants to dive deeper as well. We are excited and curious about the culture and people there. Now we just have to learn Spanish.
Africa is another continent that attracts us. We would love to observe the big wild animals in the wild and immerse ourselves in the everyday life of the locals
Montenegro surprised us very positively - people and nature were just wonderful.
Our Defender is from 1997 and we have completely rebuilt the car, restored many things and treated it against rust. As a great add-on we have a pop-up roof, which gives us a standing height in the car.
Then in Turkey we had a bad accident and in 3 months we completely rebuilt the car again. All the body parts were replaced and reassembled. That was a very formative experience.
When we travel with the Defender: Swiss Army knife, Garmin Inreach mini, Jetboil, good outdoor gear and a shovel.
Our own curiosity and wanderlust.
Instagram is an amazing instrument to connect with other travelers or locals and at the same time show people at home what you experience. We love the community of other travelers and also the big defender-community.
We often have a limited idea and little knowledge about the world, other cultures and the people behind them. Often negative or fearful prejudices are part of our world view, even if we do not want this. Through traveling, we have learned that while cultures and countries are different, the humans remain humans. Everywhere we meet great people, with the same heart.
We long for beautiful, wild and lonely nature. For freedom, adventures and always more things to discover. We are curious! Curious to get to know the people and their cultures who call this beautiful nature their home.
In Turkey, we had a serious accident with our Defender. We rolled over once and had to rebuild the whole car. All body parts were broken and had to be reordered and reassembled. We were in the workshop in Turkey for 3 months and the mechanics only knew Turkish. We cried, were desperate, lost patience, were frustrated and we laughed, celebrated, danced, ate well and above all made new friends. It was an unforgettable and very formative time.
On the one hand, the rollover accident was very significant for us, as it awakened fears in us that we knew nothing about. Learning to deal with them is a challenge, but one that we are managing better and better. On the other hand, the time in the workshop was groundbreaking and meaningful for our journey and our lives. We learned a lot - about the car, but especially a lot about ourselves!
We have learned that plans can change and how important it is to have a positive and affirmative attitude in this regard. We continue to have dreams, however, we want to let go of more and more fixed plans and ideas and instead leave room for life and its spontaneity. "Go with the Flow" - This has already led to great adventures and encounters, but also changed ourselves as we go through life more patiently, carefree and flexible.
It is not worth worrying about! After all, there is certainly a very good solution.
We always use Google Satellite to find cool spots or areas we like to explore. And we talk with locals and listen to their recommendations.
For us it means: Stay positive, everything happens for a reason and there will always be a good solution.
Just do it! You will always find arguments not to do it. But just do it! Go out there and make your own experiences. Don't listen too hard to the stories of others, but instead try it yourself and go your own way. It is worth it!