We've all dreamt of starting over, but Hannah is a woman who actually did it. Her incredible story started innocently on a trip to Europe with a college friend. Although many people take the occasional summer vacation or weekend getaway, Hannah soon realized that she wanted to live life on the road for good, even if the people around her weren't willing to accompany her along the way.
In Everything I Do, I Seek the Experience of Being Alive. I Look for That Beautiful Confluence of Fear, Excitement, and Wonder.
My Greatest Passion, Pushing Past My Comfort Zone to Tell the Stories of People and Places You Would Never Otherwise See.
1. the Beginning of Mobile Life
I Had Always Dreamt of Eventually Ditching Airplanes, Rejecting the Idea of “flying Over” Places, and Travelling More Slowly, Gradually, Deeply. Some People Do It in Vans, Calling It Vanlife. Some Do It in Special Rigs, Calling It Expeditions. but the Idea is the Same: to Take Your Time. No Rush. Work, Rest, Travel, Explore - and Repeat.
The Seed Had Been Planted a Long Time Ago, but It Was on My 24th Birthday, As I Hiked Through the Zagros Mountains of Iran with the Bakhtiari Nomads, That I Sealed the Deal in My Head: It Was Time to Change the Way I Travel. It Was Time to Go Overlanding.
2. Making the Choice
She asked her boyfriend at the time to go with her. "He was a chef, I was an events manager for a restaurant, we were working 70 to 80 hours a week and were totally miserable," she said. Then, the couple bit the bullet and bought a van for themselves.
Together, Hannah and her boyfriend purchased an $18,000 Mercedes Benz Sprinter. They then spent $10,000 on renovations to make the van feel just like home. "That was the start of how I discovered van life,"
Ferbrache and her boyfriend set off on the road in September of 2017. They had been together for a year at the time and for a while, it worked out well. But there was trouble brewing under the surface that.
3. The pair broke up
The two had different views of their travels. "He loved the van life stuff, but he thought of it as a temporary, I'm gonna let Sydney do what she wants and get it out of her system and then we'll get married and have kids and have a house, and I didn't like that at all,"
Eventually The pair broke up. Not only that, Sydney also let her ex keep the van. "I didn't want him to think that I had used him in order to get the van," she said. "He ended up selling the van and never traveled in it again."
4. My Dream Truck - (odyssey)
Hello from My New Travel Companion, the Subject of My Secret Project over the Last Weeks, My Dream Truck - a Beautiful Navy Land Rover Defender (110, Td5, 2006). Odyssey - That’s Her New Name ❤️ She’s Named After the Mythical Journey of Greek Hero Odysseus Back to His Homeland of Ithaca.
Over the Next Few Weeks, I Will Be Converting Her into an Overland Expedition Vehicle and Documenting the Whole Journey. You Can Expect Elements of Vanlife, Plus a Lot of Off-roading Action.
Once the Conversion is Finished, the Two of Us Will Be Setting off on a Grand Odyssey to the Ends of the World... 😉
5. Overlander Build
There’s a Lot More Coming, but I Really Wanted to Share Our Progress So Far! My Tiny Home on Wheels is Finally Starting to Take Shape.
I Find It Amazing How You Can Build a Liveable Space Using Under 50kg of Materials, Fewer Than 50 Screws, and within a Matter of Days.
6. the Fresh Exterior
I’d Say She’s Almost Ready to Go, Wouldn’t You? 😉 After 5 Weeks of Work on the Interior, the Mechanics and the Electronics, It Was Finally Time to Crown Odyssey with a New Roof Kit.
Thanks Friend for Creating This Masterpiece: the New Roof Rack Holds a Roof Tent, Recovery Tracks, a Pull-out Awning, Solar Panels, a Powerful Light Bar and a Mountable Shower Cabin.
When Everything is Set Up, Odyssey Feels Like an Actual 2-floor Tiny Home 😂
7. First Days Living on the Road
I Drive Everywhere with a Smile on My Face, That’s the First Thing. I Feel Free, Knowing That I Could Stop and Stay Just About Anywhere. There’s No Pressure to Do Anything or Go Anywhere Specific.
My Main Concerns of Each Day So Far Have Been: Where Do I Go? when Should I Eat Something? Where Shall I Spend the Night? There’s Something So Very Liberating About Focusing on These Basic Things As a Matter of Priority. Everything else Comes Second.
That’s It. Full Freedom from the System Might Not Be an Option, but I Think This is Getting Pretty Close to It. Simple Things.
3 Years Ago, I Couldn’t Drive. Today, I Live and Travel in My Defender. Contrary to What a Lot of Experienced Drivers Would Have You Believe, Driving Isn’t a Skill You’re Born With. to Become a Driver, Everyone Has to Go Through the Same Process.
It Took Me a Very Long Time to Get My Driving License: I Told Myself I Wasn’t Cut out to Be a Driver and I Could Probably Just Get by Without It. a Lot of People Teased Me That I Would Make a Bad Driver, Which Put Me off Even More.
But the Collapse of My “old Life” Made Me Rethink a Lot of Things, and I Realized That a Driving License is Really a Ticket to Independence.
Over the Last Week, I Crossed Several Country Borders on My Way to Southern Europe. As Always, Border Checks Went Smoothly, Immigration Officials Joked Around, Checked My Documents and Wished Me a Safe Trip.
I Never Get Questioned at Border Crossings. Even My Visas from Countries That Might Raise Suspicion - Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan - Don’t. and I Know Exactly Why: I Have a Standard European Name, Look “normal” and Approachable by Conventional European Standards And, Importantly, I Have an Eu Passport.
These Are All Powerful Privileges. Many of Us Take Them for Granted, and It Takes Seeing “the Other Side” to Truly Understand How Much Power They Give Us to Move Around the World Freely.
Solo Overnight Hike in the Wild Mountains of Croatia 🏔🏕
Very Excited to Have Partnered Up with Friend for This One, As Part of Their Sayyes Campaign. Their Shell Backpack Has Been in My Essentials Kit for the Last 2 Months, Performs Super Well in Everyday Settings and It’s Just the Perfect Size for a Quick Overnight Adventure.
My Favorite Thing About It - It’s Expandable and You Can “build It Out” Using the Matching Add-on Accessories. That Means You Can Use One Single Backpack for Lots of Occasions - a Big Win 💪
11. Kas, Turkey
“alive” Feels So Much Better Than “important”, “rich” or “successful”.
It’s That Wild Uncontrollable High of Being in Love. It’s That Sense of Becoming a Gust of Wind As You Run Down a Forested Trail. It’s Standing on a Mountain Peak After Hours of Climbing, and Taking in the World Around You. It Happens when Our Senses Sharpen. Our Souls Tune into the Secret Song of the World. Our Body Stands Tall and Proud: the Statue of You, of Mankind.
At That Moment, Your Thirst for Life Awakens, and You No Longer Feel Like a Shadow of Yourself. You Are No Longer Indifferent to Your Own Existence. No. at That Moment, You Want to Drink from the Spring of Life, Intoxicated on the Purity and Joy of Something As Simple As Feeling Alive.
I Know Now That Whatever Happens in My Life, My Greatest Mission is to Seek the Experience of Being Alive.
How I Gave Myself a New Job... Or, How to Take Your Personal Goals More Seriously.
A Few Months Ago, I Decided That in 2021, I Would Run an Ultra Marathon. I Like Running, but Despite Having Done Two Normal Marathons, I Had Never Put in Any Disciplined Training. Somehow, I Could Rely on a Mix of Fitness and Natural Athleticism to Get Me Through 42km (but Barely Just).
But I No Longer Wanted to Just “wing It”. I Wanted to Develop a Discipline That Would Help Me Get Truly Stronger. an Ultra Marathon Was a Perfect Choice, Because There Was Simply No Way I Could Run 250km Without Challenging Myself and Putting in the Work.
We Love Travel Because She Removes the Dull Filter of Everyday Affairs from Our Eyes, and Sets a New, Vibrant Perspective in Motion.
We Love Travel Because She Changes Us from Adults, Weighed Down by the Hand of Time, into Children Again, Carefree and Curious.
We Love Travel, but She Can Be a Flimsy and Dangerous Lover. After an Exciting Affair, She Leaves Us Back Home, and the Moment Our Filters, Adulthood and Reality Catch Up with Us, We Begin to Dream of Her Again.
Just Some Musings Today As I Sit Here Listening to the Sound of the Rain in Istanbul ✨🌛
14. Fairytale Forest
All the Stories You’ve Ever Watched or Read Have Tried to Manipulate You.
Humans Share a Universal Love for Stories. and That’s Because Good Stories Hold the Keys to the Mysteries of Being. Through Stories, We Come Closer to Identifying Our Place in the World. Through Stories, We Laugh, We Cry, We Learn, We... Feel.
We Feel. Filmmakers, Novelists and Advertisers Are Masters at Using Age-old Storytelling Techniques. Their Goal: to Manipulate Your Emotions So That You Respond to Their Story in Specific Ways.
15. Mount Kilimanjaro
It’s a Deeply Personal Experience, Climbing a Mountain or Going on an Expedition. the Call of Adventure, the Rush of Adrenaline, the Revelations on the Way... It Can All Make You Feel Like the Hero of Your Own Journey. Rightly So.
Probably Even More Heroic, in Fact, Are the People Who May Walk Alongside You, Without the Glory, but Helping You to Make the Journey in the First Place. These People Often Stand in the Shadows, Even Though Their Journey May Have Been Just As Difficult - Often, Even Harder Than Yours.
Here in Tanzania, It’s the Guides, the Support Staff and the Porters Who Accompany Most Tourists on Their Hike to the Summit of Kilimanjaro. *especially* the Porters.
Things I’m (still) Learning About Hospitality, in Albania and Beyond.
To Me, One of the Best Things About Travel is Getting to Know People Around the World and Seeing How They Live - and a Lot of This Happens Through the Hospitality of Strangers.
Why Do People Get So Suspicious when You Tell Them You Want to Spend Time Alone? (my Hiking Story)
I’ve Always Loved Spending Time Alone. Just with Myself. I Love Hanging out with People, Because They Usually Charge Me with a Positive Energy, but I’m Equally Happy Spending Time Alone with My Thoughts, Reading, Writing, Dancing with Myself, Before Re-emerging into the World of People Once More.
But Here’s the Thing: People Often Find It Weird That I Would Want to Be Completely Alone. to This Day, in Every Country, I Still Have to Make Up Excuses for Why I Don’t Need Company.
18. Lake Ohrid
Serbia, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania. I Haven’t Even Been to All the Countries in the Balkans Yet, but This Region Proves That “even” in Old and Rusty Europe, There’s So Much More to Travel Than What Meets the Eye.
Yes, There’s Insane Nature and Scenery. Yes, There’s Tons of History. Yes, the Food is Amazing and the People Very Welcoming.
19. Somewhere in the World
Here’s to Navigating the World Without a Map.
Here’s to Dreaming Big and Letting the Current of Our Dreams Guide Us, Even when the Waves Carry Us to Stormy Seas. Here’s to Finding Our Purpose Through the Highs and Lows of Our Soul As We Trek Across the World.
Here’s to Giving Ourselves to the Adventure. Allowing the Passage of Time and Events to Transform Us, Gently at First, but Radically Across the Years.
Here’s to Fear, As Without Fear There is No Courage. Here’s to Grief, As Without Grief Joy Loses Its Sweetness. Here’s to Uncertainty, the Force That Moves Destiny.
Here’s to Striving, Always Striving for the Summit, Knowing That the Climb Never Really Ends.
Here’s to Seeking Our True North As Long As We Live. Here’s to Never Resting, Always Searching Even when the Compass Fails Us. Here’s to the Unknown, and Here’s to Knowing Only That the Journey Ahead Leads Far Beyond the Path We See in Front of Us Today.
This is Us. This is Bravery.
20. Somewhere on Planet Earth
For Me, That’s How It All Started. but over the Last Two and a Half Years, Things Have Changed. I Have Changed.
Because Anyone Who Says “stick to Travel” Clearly Doesn’t Realize That Travel is People. It is Society. It is the Real World.
21. Maramureș County
To Live from the Bottom of Your Heart, to Find Purpose in Your Being: This is the True Meaning of Life.
Or, at Least, That’s the Interpretation I’m Slowly Coming Around to 😉
22. Somewhere in the Universe
You Know How They Say That We Travel in Order to Find Ourselves?
That's Not Always True. in Fact, It Can Be Dangerously Misleading. Take It from Someone Who Made This Mistake.
Two and a Half Years Ago, I Left My Previous Life to Travel Full-time, Half-expecting Travel to Fix Me. How Could I Not? After All, Hollywood Told Me Pretty Frequently That when Their Hearts Get Broken, Young People Should Turn to the Big Unknown to Help Them Heal. I Had Internalized That Messaging.
And So I Went, and I Travelled for a Year, and when I Stopped to Re-assess Myself, I Realized I Was the Same Old Me. the Same Insecurities, Fears, Fixations.
You Could Wander for a Lifetime and Still Not Find What You Seek. You Could Stand Still for Just a Moment, and Find Yourself Complete.