We are three 21-year-old friends from North of Italy, three free spirits with a huge passion in common: traveling. GPS is composed by Giulia (G), Giulia called “Peco” (P) and Serena (S). Giulia and Serena are attending the school of Medicine in Udine. Peco is a vet student in Padova.
We can’t say exactly how the idea of our vanlife adventure came out. So many evenings, so many nights spent imaging about leaving our cities with no set agenda. We knew that our dream would have indeed become true, sooner or later, but we would have never imagined that it would happen so soon. Not in a hippie minivan nicknamed Barone Rosso Rampante – Red Rampant Baron. BRR is an 80’s Westfalia van that Peco’s parents bought for passion some years ago, and we fell in love with it.
Where could we go? Italy. Our country, the “Bel Paese”, the most stereotyped country, the most desired country from people all over the world, we have it under our feet. Mountains, seas, flat lands, hills and cities that can arise unique emotions with their history, art, traditions, with their magic atmosphere and a welcoming spirit that has always characterized Italy and the Italian people.
First destination, the beautiful Tuscany, the region that inspired us the most, that remained in our hearts thanks to previous travels, where we were looking forward to going back.
This experience has been amazing thanks to the wonderful places we visited and to some people that hosted us in their campings. As a matter of fact, we slept near other vanlifers, and we ate grilled vegetables, eggs, and bread outside in nature.
Now we are studying in our cities, but during all the year we are only waiting for September to come when exams will be done, and it will be time to leave and explore some new places. Next destination?
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Yes, we quit our jobs, but we did it to start a business that involves the things we love – rock climbing, mapping, being outdoors, and living in a van.
It was November 2012 when we quit our jobs, gave away our stuff, and hit the road. We had been living in the urban wasteland of Southern California and were burnt out on the endless cycle of work, sleep, consume. We craved space, silence, and wildness. We craved things we didn’t yet know existed.
The idea was for us to take a short break to rethink each of our professional and academic paths. We bought our camper in Panama in July and started our journey North towards the USA. Our trip was supposed to end a month ago, and yet, here we are, hooked to the Vanlife and planning to stay on the road for another six months, with Alaska as our final destination.