Around the world in 1,177 days
Three years ago, journalist Akis Temberidis and choreographer Voula Netou began a road journey, aiming to explore as many places as possible. They managed to visit 66 countries, covering 167.000 kilometers in 3,5 years.
It took them 1,177 days, 800 of which were spent on the road, to drive around the world on their specially designed vehicle- called “Kariba”- and they began planning their new expedition immediately upon their return.
The Greek overlanders- a term used to refer to long distance road travellers- confess that they embarked upon a difficult mission. Apart from the journey itself, they had to deal with the issue of funding. They needed a lot of money and had to keep their jobs, by writing and sending pieces from wherever they could.
The worst moment of their journey was an accident they had on a US highway, when a driver crashed on them, rendering their car useless for three months. It looked as if their trip would have an abrupt ending, yet the driver’s insurance company covered not only the damages, but also their accommodation expenses for as long as they needed to stay in Huston.
During the journey, they reached conclusions that were far from expected- for instance, they discovered that Iran is the county with the most hospitable inhabitants. When the current financial crisis began, the two travelers were on the other side of the world and their only access to information was through the web or by communicating with friends- who, on more than one occasions, urged them to stay abroad. The two travellers have uploaded details and photos of their trip on http://www.theworldoffroad.com/, and are already preparing for the next one.