"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page"Saint Augustine

 

 

"Travelling for months or years? We'll do that later": That was our credo so far. But life is too short for "someday". In the long run it makes no sense to sit in a comfortable chair in front of your desk and to follow all these vloggers on Youtube while they are travelling. You have to create your own travel story. At least that's what we decided. So after more than 30 years on the job it is time to consider other options. For us as a travel enthusiasts the option is clear: See as much of the world as possible! Travelling, meeting interesting people and enjoying good food is our main focus. We do not pursue a specific mission (minimalism, veganism, hippie van life or other hype topics).

 

Having travelled many countries by motorbike, the idea was born in 2015 to build an expedition vehicle. Since then our project is running. In 2016 we entered a contract with a manufacturer to build our expedition vehicle based on a Mercedes Benz Vario 4x4 (called "Benny" the Benz) and in 2018 our Benny was ready for the road.

 

We decided for a Mercedes Vario 4x4 (7.5 tons) due to the high payload, making a spacy and comfortable cabin possible. Furthermore the Vario has a good drivability and the technology is very robust. And the Vario offers some good offgrid capabilities, so it is possible to go off the beaten paths.

Before shipping our Benny to America to drive the Panamericana (2021 or 2022), we are exploring Europe. In 2018 we did some easy trips to Italy and France and  we did a first offroad training. In parallel we are improving and completing our equipment. And we are visiting overland meetings to build up a network. In 2019 we will do a more challenging trip to Iceland (3 months), followed by Portugal, Morocco and Albania. Let's see what comes up then ...

 

On this website you might find some useful information about the conversion process of our expedition vehicle. We will also document our travels.

We are happy if you feel encouraged to start a similar project.

 

 

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