The “Globe Roaders”, Vanessa and Guillaume, are adventurers, travellers and good sports. They were one of the 3000 teams that took part in the Wevan competition. When the results were announced we saw their comment that read: “Wevan didn’t choose us, but it doesn’t matter, we’re going anyway!”
Because, in fact, they had been organising their trip for the last 3 years. Between buying the van, completely kitting out the interior, organising leave, and other preparations, it took them 3 years until they were finally ready! They set off on 11 April and since then they have visited 12 countries and put 15,000km on the clock. Our paths crossed in Zdiar in Slovakia, 12km from the Polish border in the Tatra Mountains.
There’s nothing like a hike in the mountains to get to know each other. When we returned we set out to look for a spot for the evening and to spend the night. After parking our vans side by side we examine and compare them. Patrick, brand-spanking new, and Drakkar, home-made. We fall in love with the patterns on the kitchen curtains, admire the chopping board cum sink cover and envy the hot shower at the back of the van!
After chatting we discover that we have been through more or less the same phases: the initial excitement that makes you want to do too many things each day, finding your daily rhythm and adapting to this new way of life, learning to live with each other 24/7, the need to talk to travellers or locals, the feeling of freedom…
We keep repeating ourselves about how lucky we are to be able to travel like this, to have all of Europe as our destination. Another three months of travelling for us, and six for our friends the Globe Roaders. We hope our paths will cross again, on this adventure or the next.
[On the road, at the 49°16’59.1″N and 20°12’58.1″E]