A mountain range in Morocco at night. The rain is pattering loudly against the windscreen of the Mercedes-Benz 310 D. Debbi and Dominic have been on the road for hours now and are desperately looking for a road through the rough landscape. Suddenly a man appears in the dark. In Arabic, he tries to explain to the Swiss couple that this road does not go any further. A little later, they have dinner with his family at his home.
A completely normal day in the life of the two full-time travelers Debbi and Dominic, their dog Emy and the converted camper van named Fredy. Living off their savings, they travel wherever they want to go. They rarely have plans. They always jump right into the middle of the action. The name of their blog, on which they share all their experiences, is therefore fittingly called: “Hallo Abenteuer (Hello Adventure)”.
It sounds like a daring attitude to life. In fact, the two hesitated for a long time with the decision to get rid of their flat and quit their jobs to live their vanlife dream. Then Debbi got a chronic bowel disease. The therapy seemed hopeless. They both realized that if they wanted to fulfill their dream, they should do it soon. No sooner said than done. They bought their van and left. Then Debbi’s therapy worked out after all.
However, the entry into the vanlife did not go quite that fast. It took them about a year to find the all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz 310 D in the small Swiss market. But the waiting was to be rewarded. The van had already been used as a camper van in recent years and was therefore already outfitted. So the two had a good starting point to adapt it to their own needs.
They’ve been on the road for a good six months now. But why in a van? “Because we would probably miss the flight, if we were to fly,” they say with a smile. Last autumn they started their adventure in Iceland. As the temperatures became colder and colder, the two finally drifted further and further south: From France, via Spain, to Morocco. Apart from the temperatures, three factors play an important role for their next location: Nature, food and above all people!
Their blog also deals with people. In their series of articles called “Fredy’s Friends”, they tell the stories of other vanlifers they have met on their travels. Above all, they share a lot of practical vanlife expertise on “Hallo Abenteuer”, such as how best to choose a suitable travel health insurance or how to solve technical problems with the van.
But let’s face it: Vanlife blogs like these are now all over the net. So what do they want to achieve with it? Originally, they wanted to entertain their family and friends with “Hallo Abenteuer”. Then they went a little further with the idea: They want to reach out and encourage those who are enthusiastic about the vanlife idea but do not dare to take the first step. “The exchange with like-minded people is important and simplifies the start,” they say.
On our blog everyone can come along on our adventure.
As a result, the Swiss couple do not think that there are too many vanlife blogs on the net. Each one can be an enrichment. However, despite all their enthusiasm, they do not like the one-sided image that they believe is conveyed by camper life. “You don’t always stay overnight in wonderful places, but sometimes also in ugly parking lots,” they say honestly.
In addition, unexpected problems can always occur when traveling in a camper van. Once Debbi and Dominic drove too fast over a sand dune in Mauritania, which bent their front axle. Back in Morocco, where Mercedes-Benz vans are part of everyday culture, they were fortunately able to have Fredy professionally repaired. Situations like these are also part of the vanlife experience, you should know. However, with sufficient patience, you will always find a solution; say the two experienced long-term travelers. If you are aware of this, you are ready to say: “Hello adventure!”
Mercedes-Benz with all-wheel drive conversion from Iglhaut
1977 – 1995 (Fredy was made in 1992)
Bremen (until 1984) and Düsseldorf (from 1984)
310 D 4×4
OM 602.940 – 2.9-liter diesel engine
Gross vehicle weight
The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.