I loved flying around Europe for business reasons. I love travelling and it was great to see so many different places and meet people on conferences and project meetings. Always in high heels and a business costume. But after five years I got bored. I had seen most of the European cities and I was desperately seeking for new challenges. And so I told my boss: Either I get a six-months-sabbatical or I quit my job. A few months later I found myself on a plane to Cameroon: six months of travelling ahead. I never felt so free before in my life. It was an overwhelming, amazing experience. And far too addictive. I could not see myself working in an office job anymore. But how to afford that? So I applied for a tourleading/driver job for a big adventure overlanding company. Putting all my energy into it, I amazingly got the job – without any experiences in the tourism industry, without any mechanical knowledge and with no licence to drive a big truck. And a few months later after completing a crash-course in mechanics and doing my licence I was back in Africa again: Driving big overland trucks from Cairo to Capetown.
I had changed my business costume into dirty pants and T-Shirts – for indefinite. And it was the best feeling in the world to drive a big truck while hundreds of African men were staring at you: They had never seen a woman driving a big truck before. Whenever I came into a workshop nobody would believed me I had mechanical knowledge. Believe me: You start feeling invincible when you figure out how to repair the reverse gear on your truck when all the local mechanics failed before! Yes, it can be a great challenge and sometimes you get desperate as you won’t find the right spare parts or you broke down again in the middle of nowhere with a broken injector pipe. You start dreaming about all kinds of horrible things and you get seriously stressed when you have to tell your passengers that we have to bush camp in front of the border to Zimbambwe: We got here too late due to numerous breakdowns on our way down and due to no electricity the border shut down earlier than expected. But at the same time you will be never bored, no day is like another and you challenge yourself everyday. I fell in love with my dirty pants and T-Shirts.
So much that I am currently building my own overland vehicle together with Dave, who I met working together in Africa. We are remodelling an old yellow school bus and we started our own tour company Infinite Adventures. We will be going up to Alaska taking our passengers into the wilderness. I cannot wait to be out on the road again seeing bears and exploring another part of the world! If your dreams don’t scare you they are not big enough!