A personal diary of my travel notes that I wanted to share. During these 7-8 years it developed itself and then it turned out to be “Two people’s dream of a lifetime”. When I first started talking with Rochelle about a long term vehicle based life, it was a defiantly distant dream. A dream that we would have loved to be a part of but we were not sure if we would ever be
Don’t get me wrong. Even the last time we headed out in our year long trip, and although we had both done it in the past, we had our questions. How would it work out? What if we didn’t like it out there? What if something went wrong? What would we do in case our car broke down? All this and much more was circling in our minds. Also a little special question that you’re all thinking. What if we didn’t get on with each other traveling in a car?
Time has gone by and now that all this belongs to the past, we still have people asking us the same questions. What if? Well, I can tell you this. In a road trip that long surely things will go wrong. Surely you will be stuck in difficult situations with no way out. These ifs will surely become a reality but guess what. It is these ifs and the actual moments that come with them that make us want to go back. If you ask me “Do I want to get out of my comfort zone and take so many risks?” My answer is YES, because only then you appreciate what is actually around you. Only then you are not afraid to look the unknown straight in the eyes. Only then you are REALLY FREE!!!
I come from Greece and I live on the small island of Mykonos. I started travelling when I was 11 with my family. At the age of 21, I started making my dream come true, that is to travel and get to know our beautiful planet . As a child, my family always took me travelling, mostly to the nearby Europe. I don’t know if that got me started but anyway, since then I’ve somehow always managed to travel every year in some destination until now. In my early years, when my finances were in a poor condition, I was travelling with a backpack and I was using all means of transport, always on the budget side.
During my trip to East Africa, I met a couple of other Greek travellers, Akis and Voula (check their site www.theworldoffroad.com) that go around the world with their own car and they got me thinking. So here I am,travelling around the world and leaving the overland dream with my own private car, Pretty soon I realized that travelling with your own car isn’t a luxury as I thought until then but it gives you a sense of freedom which you never have when you’re on a plane or a bus.
In this site I write my stories for all the people that are about to visit or have already visited a country or for those who just want to know about any of the countries that I’ve been to. I won’t go into any details so that you don’t get bored.
Through the years the team got bigger and now I am traveling with my partner Rochelle , the two of us are the crew of overlanddiaries and our task is to visit every country of the world with our vehicle Voukefalas.
If you want to make a comment or ask me for any kind of tip or advice, please feel free to contact me through our blog or direct .
Yep that’s me on the left hand side in my Dads arms with mum in his other arm…. And our bus home behind. I was actually born in Kalgoorlie a Western Australian Gold mining town… So some times I get called ‘precious’ but its normal said in jest as I have now lived in 5 star resorts 12 years on stunning beaches. Bali , Oman, Maldives and Koh Saumi Thailand .
Generous fun loving hospitality is inbred in our family and extended family. Its known that we cant have fun unless everyone else is falling over giggling, or a litte tipsy or full of great food. So its only natural that I ended up in Resorts. However these adventures have always been foot loose and fancy free .. So the 300+ staff I have managed always become my immediate family away from home.
So as Karma would have it … I finaly found someone that i love spending every waking moment with who actually has traveled more than me ….. We have already done some spectacular trips to Maldives, Sri Lanka , South Korea and lots in Indonesia…. But now is the start of our lives together on the road…..
Would you believe I am excited about doing my own laundry… its been a while…
Discover the World, one Full Adventure at a Time!
120 countries for Yiannis
80 for Rochelle
68 for Voukefalas