Before starting exploring together in 2013, we both already loved traveling. Tanja was more focused on long distance destinations such as New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Armin was traveling Europe in an old VW Bus. Traveling was basically limited to summer holidays as we both had been working in demanding jobs. Tanja as a Sales Manager and Armin as a Product Manager, both in mid-sized companies.
You learn everything necessary during your travels! However it helps, knowing a bit about car maintenance, photography and navigation beforehand. Speaking at least a good portion of English, some Spanish and a few fragments of French also helps. We are both fit and healthy and are therefore not too concerned about our health. Having some basic knowledge and bringing a good travel-pharmacy with you does help sometimes.
North- and South America along the Panamericana, Africa North to South along the eastern route, multiple other destinations worldwide
We are what's nowadays called 'Overlanders'. This means we are exploring the world with our vehicle off the beaten track. This sometimes is a challenge as always something breaks, but it gives you the best flexibility choosing your route and brings you close to nature and the people, if you like.
Zimbabwe because we hear a lot about the beautiful landscape and the friendly people there, Indonesia with its lovely islands, Sicily with its volcanoes, beaches and historic sights.
Colombia, as this country gave us the most wonderful experiences in South America. Greece with its islands, crystal clear ocean and relaxed people.
Our travel vehicle is a Mitsubishi L200 4x4 Pickup with a camping cabin attached. It's a 2004 make and it is equipped with reinforced suspension, winch and a long-range diesel tank.
LED headlamp, comfortable camping chairs, ebook-reader, spade, USB-charger
Our own journeys and the experiences we gained from them.
We are always friendly and respectful, with our interest to learn more about cultures and people.
Traveling shows you how the world really is. It destroys prejudice and shows you that we all are equals - no matter where on this planet we live.
To be as close to nature as possible.
We experienced multiple problems with the vehicle and always got it back on the road with the help of friendly people along our way. We never got robbed or had any other bad experiences with people. Sometimes officials and bureaucracy give you a headache, but that's part of the adventure.
Visiting the mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Being close to these friendly creatures, they only want to live their lives in peace. Still they have to be protected from us humans every single day. They are a symbol for how badly we treat our planet, but that there still is hope.
We experienced that we do not need much to be happy. Money is important to a certain extent as we need it for exploration. But we are much less materialistic than we were before. Do we need shiny cars, a big house, expensive watches and the biggest TV? We don't think so.
For every challenge there is a solution!
We like wandering around and in some areas it's helpful to have a local guide to show you around.
Being close to nature and meeting different people with different cultural backgrounds changed our life forever. We can only recommend everybody to step out into this wonderful world.
Travel the African continent with your own camper - you will never regret it!