The Dirty Darlings story starts the way many modern love stories begin: Matt and Megan got to know each other through a dating app, both had no desire for superficial and meaningless relationships any more and decided to get to know each other better over a glass of wine. When Megan sat across from Matt in a small wine tavern in San Francisco, however, she had no idea what he was up to: Matt was not only looking for love, but also for a travel companion who was courageous and spontaneous enough to embark on a great journey with him. His plan: To visit all 50 US states in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Matt had already bought the converted Sprinter and travelling alone was out of the question for him, and what he was all too aware of was that if the chemistry between the passenger and the Sprinter was not right, hours of driving in the tightest of spaces could quickly become unbearable.
They spent more and more time together and before long Megan became passionate about Matt’s plans. In chats about traveling and about home, they realized that they were not yet sure where to spend the rest of their lives. So Matt and Megan’s conclusion was: Just take a look at everything and decide where you like best. Together they adapted the already converted Sprinter to their ideas, organized the route and all insurance policies necessary and made preparations as to how they could continue to pursue their professions on the road. In August 2017, nine months after their first meeting, their common dream became reality and the two said goodbye to friends and family and climbed into their Sprinter “Vanna White”.
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Just 100 kilometers away from San Francisco, the first small breakdown immediately caused disillusionment. A defective turbocharger forced the two adventurers to drive very slowly. While they were frustrated and slowly approaching their first destination Big Sur California, they made a pact. They agreed on five beliefs that they remember each time something goes wrong and morale sinks.
Matt and Megan’s friends and families reacted surprisingly positively to their adventurous plan. Many supported the two in their plans. But some joked: “If you’re only living in a Sprinter, you’ll always be dirty – without a real shower or bathtub”. Matt and Megan alluded to this by calling themselves “The Dirty Darlings”. In the blog thedirtydarlings.com as well as on Instagram and Facebook, the two report on their experiences on the go and give tips on how to take perfect travel photos or how to combine work and vanlife. Everyone can follow online how far they have already come with their project. Currently you can read on their blog: “We’ve been on the road for 450 days; we’ve driven 35,600 miles and visited 39 states.”
Wild landscapes, campfire evenings and stargazing in the desert remind the two of why all their efforts payed off in the end. This realization also shaped the further course of their journey, for Matt and Megan have been certain since the first setback that every problem can be solved. When they miss their families or their work as photographers and accountants suffers from the journey, they master the situation with this mantra in mind. Nevertheless, Matt admits with a smile: “Our friends were right, we do shower much less often than we were used to before our trip.” Until they find the place where they both feel at home and settle there once and for all, there are more important things to do. Maybe sometimes a little dirty but above all happy and content, they start their engine and look for the next adventure. They have no plans, because somehow, they say, the whole country is now their home.
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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.