Thursday, February 9, 2023

The People Who Dropped Everything to Drive Around America in a Van

Two nomadic hearts eager to explore the world and convinced that wherever they go, Genoa will always be their safe haven.

In 2017, in the nightlife of the streets, when they met Alberto Grillo—born and raised in the capital of Liguria—and Mexican Sofia Becerra, they did not think they would spend their energy and resources on a long journey to discover America. Will invest , further away he is in a vantall, excluding driver and passenger seats 4.7 m. Instead, life’s path led him to freedom and new experiences, which is why, on the threshold of turning 30, he left Argentina last March with hopes of arriving in Canada in September 2023. There is a huge amount to be had: Between inclement weather and vehicle breakdowns, it is essential to prepare well and face the unforeseen events of a never-failure trip.

“When we met,” Alberto explained to Genoa Today, “Sofia was doing a university exchange in Genoa while I went on a backpacking trip to Guatemala, Belize and Mexico a few days after graduation. The last situation led us to meet regularly.” Helped to see and hear by sight, the two fall in love and decide to go to the Ligurian capital to start over. life together, Here they start working, Sofia as an interior designer specializing in yachts after several projects with a VAT number, and Alberto as an employee in a large accounting firm.

decided to leave everything.

Frustration fueled things: “We were close to buying our dream home, which meant serious long-term debt. Then everything disappeared and the apartment was sold to third parties. At that point we wondered whether we were really committed to going down this route or if it was better to clear our heads comprehensively. For this reason, before the age of 30, the greatest wish has to become a reality (Alberto, at the beginning, 29 years old): leave everything to travel in a van from Argentina to Canada, and enjoy its wonders make a discovery. American continent.

knee reformed and bent Planning everything for one and a half yearsWork hard and save as much as possible: “In August 2021 we bought a used Ford Transit in Mexico, thanks to the intervention of Sofia’s parents – explains Alberto – and during the summer holidays we started preparing the van.” Worked day and night for. Also install solar panels for electricity. Our professions have helped us a lot: Defining an economic budget “mine, yours” for vehicle interior design. In early 2022 we will travel from Mexico to Argentina Boarded a ship for the Philippines, where our journey officially began on March 1.”

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Budget: “We work remotely and focus on savings”

But how do they manage their respective jobs and how does the couple support themselves? The strategy is remote work: “Sofia has completed the projects she followed in Genoa and now, in front of the PC, she is in charge of the design of several home interiors. I resigned from the company for which I worked, but over time I had the opportunity to implement some remote work projects, for which I will never stop thanking my former company, given the wonderful relationship with colleagues and the boss.

Then special attention is paid to expenses: “For these first 9 months of travel, our budget covers everything 15 euro each Everyday. We don’t pay rent or bills and thanks to our three solar panels, we are completely self-sufficient. Of course, the cost also depends on the duration of the trip, but many people mistakenly think that you have to be rich to afford such an experience. Not so: what matters most is organizational ability. This is a job that allows you to do it remotely, even on schedule.

Home Memories: “We miss the pocatas and focaccia”

Sofia and Alberto – they talk about their journey on Instagram and Luz de Red – are ready to clarify that they did not ‘run away’ from their lives: “In Genoa we were very happy with friends, family and work – they explain- but we thought we shouldn’t put the brakes on others’ dreams, no. If there are still children or hostages, it’s right to leave. Time. We are now fully prepared for this new reality with the uncertainty of the future. Kindly encouraged, but know our means. Genoa has always been our safe haven: sunset on the mat. And breakfast at Pocatasse, fresh air at Rigi and of course focaccia!

Trips: “How exciting it is to sleep in a tent at 4,000 meters in front of a volcano”

The basic idea is to get to know the culture and incredible landscape of America. Next, the couple will travel between the US and Canada, visiting popular national parks on the one hand, and tracking job opportunities in cities best suited to their lifestyles, on the other.

in nine months journey Alberto and Sofia visited, traveled and worked in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and adopted a kitten named Merlin. Now they are back in Merida (Yucatan), Mexico to spend Christmas with Sofia’s family.

It’s hard to pick a moment to remember in these nine months: “Perhaps the most exciting – two young people – sleeping in a tent at 4,000 meters in front of ‘El Volcán de Fuego’ in Guatemala. It erupts every 15 minutes. explodes violently and makes your heart flutter.

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