Gunther Holtorf

BBC News reports on Gunther Holtorf who has been travelling the world for twenty-three years.

Back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagen. Now, with more than 800,000km (500,000 miles) on the clock, Gunther is still going.

The German former airline executive has travelled the equivalent of 20 times around the planet in the vehicle – which he calls Otto. He says he has never had a serious breakdown. Recently in Vietnam, Canadian-born photographer David Lemke joined Gunther on one section of his epic journey.

It shows once again how a transitory, minimalist lifestyle can be more rewarding than a stationary, materialist one.

The forthcoming seventh issue of New Escapologist, “On The Lam”, will be precisely about transitory lives versus stationary ones.

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3 Responses to “Gunther Holtorf”

  1. julia says:

    I get a notice ‘This video has been removed by the user’ 🙁

  2. Aha. Thanks for letting me know. Found an alternative link via Vimeo. Should work now.

  3. Robin Gee says:

    I have been doing the same thing for the last 8 years, but in China and Asia. It is a great life, join in.

    Tibet is my favourite place, there are endless places to discover here.

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