Frequently Asked Questions

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”

~James Stephens

Have you ever been robbed or encountered other violence?

During our 15-years on the road we got robbed once, in Brazil.

The robbery didn’t stop us from staying and enjoying Brazil. In fact, it is our favorite country in South America. The media will have you believe the world is full of dangers and, yes, shit does happen. However, the reality is that we live in a world full of wonderful, hospitable people. We have met them everywhere.

How do you pay for it?

“We rob banks,” Coen will answer. The reality, however, is a different matter.

Savings

The first 3 years we lived on our savings, having sold our belongings.

Freelancing

We write and photograph for print and online magazines.

Goodies

We design and sell T-shirts, stickers, mugs, tote bags, and more.

Support

Followers fuel our adventure in different ways.

How long will you be traveling?

We don't have an end date. This is our way of life. When we tire of it, we’ll take it from there.

What’s your favorite country?

There isn’t an overall #1, but we do have favorites.

Landscape

North Pakistan & Patagonia

Hospitality

Iran, Brazil, & Venezuela

Safety

South Korea & Japan

Food

Coen: Thailand & India. KM: Iran & South Korea

Car Repairs

Japan 😉

Camping

Turkey & Argentina

15 years, 24 hours a day together in a car – Don’t you ever fight?

Of course we do.

We niggle over changing gears or folding the map in the right creases. It gets more serious when we are stressed. Because of heavy traffic, breakdowns of the Land Cruiser or bureaucratic hassle we can both become snappy with anxiety. Because we have no escape (in work, social life, sports – wherever you can avoid each other for a while), misunderstandings don’t have time to evolve into major conflicts and are generally solved quickly.

One time my mother noticed a recurring remark in our blog posts, which characterizes our relationship.

“After having spent some wonderful weeks with fellow overlanders (or local people) we can say from the bottom of our hearts, ‘How wonderful to be together again, just the two of us’.”

That pretty much sums up how we feel about living together so intensely.

Where do you shower?

Nature

Our favorite: bathing in rivers, lakes, waterfalls and the ocean.

Hospitality

We shower at people’s homes, an occasional hotel or campsite.

Hot Spring

We love hot springs (Andes Mountains, South Korea, Japan).

Cat Wash

Since 2012 we have a water tank, so even a quick shower is an option.

Don’t you miss home?

Yes. Which means we don't have a perfect life, 100% of the time.

No matter what choice you make in life, it has consequences. A nomadic lifestyle means missing out on sharing and connecting with family and close friends. And yes, sometimes that hurts.

We return to the Netherlands every year for a number of weeks and make up for lost time as best as possible.

How Many Countries Have You Visited?

Uhm, start counting, because we never do.

Greece

Turkey

Iran

Pakistan

China (backpack)

India

Bhutan

Bangladesh

Singapore

Malaysia

Thailand

Myanmar (backpack)

Laos

Vietnam

Cambodia

Argentina

Uruguay

Brazil

Paraguay

Bolivia

Peru

Chile

Ecuador

Colombia

Venezuela

Guyana

Suriname

French Guiana

Philippines (backpack)

Japan

South Korea

Taiwan (backpack)

Russia

Mongolia

More?

Do you have other questions? Fire away in the comment section below and we'll answer them asap!

21 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful stories and insightful information. I have been reading for hours!

    Would you choose Diesel or Gasoline for your vehicle fuel, if you had to pick.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Glen, That’s a no brainer to me. Diesel of course. First of all, you get better milage. Second, it will give you more torque. Third and not insignificant, I think it is much saver to handle diesel than gasoline. As we have just witnessed a Land Cruiser with a rebuild head trying to start and the whole thing was on fire. But also the jerrycans your carry or any leaks. Fourth it doesn’t need the electrics to run, in the worse case scenario, when you are without battery and alternator, you could just roll-start it and be done. Fifth, your water-crossings will be no problem anymore, if outfitted with a snorkel that is.

      Does that answer your question? Adventurous greetings,
      Coen

      • muy asertado diesel es lo mejor tengo miles de kilometros recorridos por caminos como esos mucho ripio guadal barro y pavimento

  2. Great website and thank you for sharing your journey to date with us. I am sure you have been asked and you may have the details in the website but i am yet to find them about the cameras and workflow required to get the site up to date.

    I would love to know who takes the pictures, what gear you use/have found most use full and is it pro line equipment (cannon, nikon, sony etc) or just a point and shoot.

    Do you back up everyday how do you keep all your photos and video do you use the cloud or physical storage and all the bits and pieces in between.

    I take it you have a laptop or tablet to get online and edit the website or is it uploaded and a third party look after it for you?

    Many thanks and many happy miles with smiles.

    Warren

    • Hello Warren, thank you for your detailed questions. Photography is a very personal thing and I don’t think the brand or model is of particular interest. You just have to find the gear that fills your needs and fits your pocket [costs]. And more important you must choose the gear that fits your style of photography. I mean: Are you a shy person that is afraid to connect with people, then you shouldn’t get a wide angle for people shots.

      I do most of the shooting and I use anything within my reach, meaning a full frame or a point and shoot or an iPhone. It doesn’t matter to me, as long as I get the shot that I want. Asking a photographer about its gear for me is equal about asking the cook in the restaurant what kind of pans he is using…

      Back-ups go in 3 different physical places. While on the road I have not come across a viable way of getting that much GB’s over the crooked internet connections, so storing in the cloud is off for now.

      I’m using Lightroom to touch-up and make light edits before sending images to editors and for using it on our websites.

      I think that sums it up, if you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Adventurous greetings,
      Coen

  3. Maybe is a very personal question but: do you have sons/daughter?? Or any kid?? How old are you??

    Greetings from Antofagasta, Chile.

      • Thank you ! for my nomadic life that begins, I’m looking vehicle. I am among Land Rover Defender or Toyota Bandeirantes. What do you think?

        • Where are you planning to go? I mean if you are staying in Brazil, a Bandeirante makes sense, otherwise it is not a good option. It will be an exotic car and difficult to maintain or repair when no parts are available. Why a 4×4 and not a Combi?

          • Start by Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile and later other countries of this continent. After Spain and rest of Europe.
            4×4 to access all types of terrain. And I need a space slightly larger than Vw Combi vehicle. Working with my audio platform as a broadcaster and journalist via the Internet. And there is only Combi gasoline, not diesel.
            Your Toyota Bandeirante or Japanese? that year is …. Mercedes OM352 engine?

  4. Hey guys been following you on facebook for a while love thebstorys and pics have you got any plans to come out to Australia at all

    • Hey Justin, Australia? Who knows, one day… We don’t have a full round-the-world type of plan. For now we’re focused on Korea, Japan, Russia, Mongolia and the Stans. That’ll take 2 years… Glad you’re enjoying the stories!

  5. Hi Coen-Karin,

    I’ll like to thank you for sharing your experiences! I’m starting a 5 years plan to kick off a similar adventure as yours, hopefully my kids will be flying alone! I hope 🙁 .

    That said, my question relates to the Engine, I’ve started to follow some second hand Toyotas or Land Rover, most of them are +120k – 150km. so far I can’t afford a new one. Would you recommend to buy a 120km -150k km engine? Is true that there are factors, not just the engine. Given I live in Spain, (but born in Argentina), most of the people get rid off their cars when they reach 200k km, and to me 200km is not always a valid reason. I’ve seen cars like toyotas, mercedes with almost 800k km and still around in Portugal, Marruecos, etc… that is why I may consider to buy a 120k-150k km engine.

    Whould you please give your opinion?

    • Hello Juan Pablo, when we bought our Land Cruiser, it had 175.000 kms on the clock. I’d say, 120-150K on a good diesel engine should be okay. Check around what is considered a good diesel engine… some are really indestructible if treated well. Buena suerte, and let us know what you ended up buying.

  6. Hi Guys

    Your travel life looks great! the website is awesome for the amount of info and overview of countries and has helped us no end in our trip planning.
    I have a question regarding vehicle insurance. We will be shipping our VW Westfalia in about two weeks hence our mild panic 🙂
    The insurance company we were going with suddenly stopped insuring foreign vehicles, as did our backup company. Can I ask what company you guys went with or how you got insurance for Argentina? We have to have it in order to leave the port in Argentina, we don not speak spanish yet so it is proving harder to get an answer from anyone.

    Any help or any others reading this that could recommend anything would be so appreciated!

    Thanks a lot
    Maybe see you on the road 🙂

    Aimee

  7. Hello travellers,

    I’m in love with your story and your photos. I will be happy to use some of your great photos in my website. Can you tell me, please, what are the terms of using your images?

    Best regards,
    Kristian

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