Media Release: the adventure is on
Since international borders start opening, the Greek family of overlanders on the 4×4 Iveco camper, restarts travelling in a totally different world after the Covid-19 outbreak.
Since May 2018, when they left their apartment in Italy, they live like nomads in their Iveco camper. They travelled to Greece in autumn 2018 and till summer 2019 travelled around the country, exploring most of its hidden treasures from Prespa lake to Kastellorizo and from Epirus region to Crete island.
On September 9th, the Greek overlanders started travelling in the Balkans, from Bulgaria to Romania and from Moldova to Ucraine. On December 21st, 2019 they departed for a long trip to the Stans and Mongolia. But in just three months they had to review their plans. The Covid-19 outbreak found TheWorldOffroad expedition on the border of Turkey – Georgia, while all other borders were already closed in Asia.
Akis Temperidis, Vula Netou and their 8-year old daughter Anastasia, the first ever family from Greece who started travelling around the world in a vehicle, forcibly returned to Greece in the end of March 2020, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
But The World Offroad project is not over yet. After a 3-month lockdown in most countries, from July 1st, internal borders are open again in EU and this gives the opportunity to the Greek family of getting back on the road. “Despite we had left Europe aside in our initial plan”, says Akis, “we now start travelling in the continent first. Our first destination is North Cape, where we intend to arrive late in the summer if Norway opens its border as they have announced. On the road we want to experience, not only the natural beauty of northern Europe and Scandinavia, but also report about the impact of Covid-19 on people’s lifestyle. So, this European trip in our largest trip takes now a totally different meaning”.
This is just the first step for The World Offroad in the Covid-19 era. Presuming that international borders will gradually start reopening after autumn, the target is always to travel outside Europe. “In anyway we don’t care so much for the destination but keep safe the three of us and see our daughter growing up nicely, while following her class online”, says Vula. “From North Cape we may continue to Russia in order to finally arrive in Mongolia – something that looks impossible for the time being. Our plan B is to get our Iveco in a Ro-Ro vessel, cross the Atlantic and wait for it in south America, considering that the epidemic gets better in the meantime. Akis is also thinking about an overland trip to Africa, like the one we had taken back in 2007, but personally I don’t feel so confident. We will see”.
The Greek family intends to travel again from Greece to the Baltic sea and Estonia by the end of July 2020.
Follow The World Offroad expedition updates on the official www.theworldoffroad.com website, as well as on facebook/instagram and twitter by following @theworldoffroad. Videos are frequently uploaded on The World Offroad YouTube channel, while articles are published on the greek version of Italian Quattroruote magazine. You can also read our articles on Indian car/motorcycle www.motoroids.com. Live videos with our adventures are uploaded in weekly basis on popular livemedia.gr facebook platform, while Akis Temperidis reports live in daily basis on Radio Thessaloniki 94.5 FM.
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