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A 99-day journey with the
Mercedes-Benz Vito.

Two people sit with their back to the camera relaxing next to a Vito

The photographer Magdalena and her father Markus are travelling from Germany to the Middle East in their Vito. They have a close connection and a common goal: to learn about new cultures.

From a dead end to the fast lane.

Magdalena and her father Markus were on the road for 99 days in a confined space. The 25-year-old had just recently returned from Munich, holding a master’s degree in photography with flying colours. Her father Markus, on the other hand, was in a situation at the time that didn’t match his daughter’s dazzling prospects. For over 30 years he had been working in sales for medical technology, but after a job change, he was anything but relaxed and happy. Exhausted by his current situation, he decided to quit his job to take the time off he needed. Business trips had already taken the family father to the Middle East several times, however, without giving him the desired insights into the life and culture of the Orient. His destination was thus fixed.

A Palmtree in front of Mountains

New impressions and a chance of scenery were the kind of regeneration Markus needed.

Father and daughter – a strong duo.

“What are you up to for the next three months?” Markus asked his daughter. For years, the two had not seen each other for more than a week at a time, as Magdalena travelled extensively or was studying to become a photographer. Besides, the trip needed to be completely independent of such details as departure times or hotel check-outs. For this father-daughter duo, this meant that they needed a van that would take them safely to their destination. The Vito 4×4 came into focus with its powerful all-wheel drive and comparably low price. As a panel van, the Vito also had the quality of being a very discreet camper van. For both of them, it was also of great importance that their van was comfortable to drive and comfortable to be in – both checkmarks were placed next to the Mercedes-Benz Vito.

My daughter didn’t need a lot of persuading.

A Mercedes-Benz Vito parked on the beach at sunset

The journey offers the passionate photographer Magdalena
numerous photogenic motives along the way.

From panel van to camper van.

To then ensure that the Vito could serve not only as a means of transportation but also as a dwelling, Markus took charge of the interior fittings himself. In his vision, the two would be not only able to sleep in the Vito but also sit comfortably and cook. Even in the cold of February, when they started their journey at the beginning of the year. According to Markus, he and his daughter spent most of the 99 nights in their Vito. So, they seem to have succeeded in making the perfect conversion for them.

A Vito with open doors in a desert landscape

The perfect compact travel companion for Magdalena and Markus: their Vito 4×4.

A professional both behind and in front of the lens.

As a passionate and professional photographer, Magdalena was very happy with her journey in the Vito, as she didn’t have to do without her equipment such as cameras, lenses and tripods. The best-in-class of the Masters School of Photography in Munich used the trip to the Orient to document the breathtaking scenery and the open and hospitable nature of the people on their way. The result is not only a multitude of artistic images, but a whole collection of moments that Magdalena now wants to share with the public in an exhibition and on her Instagram profile .From Tutzing in Bavaria, Magdalena and Markus crossed numerous Balkan countries, leaving Bulgaria and the Black Sea in their wake. After a stopover in lively Istanbul, they continued their journey through Turkey. The independence they had through the Vito gave them unforgettable experiences.

While regular travel groups arrived at eleven o’clock and then had to leave again an hour later, we were already there at nine and could stay as long as we wanted.
A man on the beach, a Vito and a ship run aground

Magdalena captured breathtaking sights like this.

99 days and 19,000 kilometers to their destination.

What Markus Imagined would be a big hurdle before the journey turned out to be one of the big insights for him afterwards: “It can be a real challenge to have the courage to take a break.” After returning to Germany 99 days later, he says that it would have been terrible for him not to have done certain things at the end of his life because he hadn’t dared to. Seen this way, he and his daughter Magdalena did everything right. The break brought Markus exactly what he had hoped for: Peace and serenity. He now approaches life in a more relaxed way and feels ready to return to his old profession in a new place.

Two people stand facing away from each other next to a Vito in front of a rock face

For this picture with the self-timer function Markus and Magdalena turn their backs on each other for a change.

A rugged, partly snow-covered mountain range

Sights like these make you want to travel even more in the Vito 4x4.

A woman sits on a stone, a mountain in the background, a Vito in front of it

No matter where it takes them, the Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 is always beside them.

A Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 parked in front of a sandy mountain in a desert

Magdalena and Markus's Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 is suitable for the desert.

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.

Photos: Magdalena Menzinger

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