A one-man journey around Europe in 20 thousand km.
A journey around continental Europe, crossing 23 states, and looking for border stories: this is the Vostok100k project of Italian photographer Lorenzo Scaraggi, who decided to travel alone on a special motorhome, grinding kilometres of roads, meetings, woods, seas, humanity and emotions. His concept is one of slow travel, where slow means finding the time to research, share experiences, tell stories on Fb and YouTube.
Named Vostok100k, it is a project for a journey around continental Europe, crossing 23 states to look for border stories. It is the idea of an Italian photographer, who decided to travel alone on a special motorhome, grinding kilometres looking for moments with special roads, meetings, woods, seas, humanity and emotions. He goes around the world in slow mode, at an average speed of 70km/h, on a 1982 vehicle. His technology is minimal, he does not use any GPS and only drives over old roads.
His travelling concept is also in slow mode, which means finding the time to research, share experiences, and tell the tale on Fb and YouTube with reports, interviews and videos. The whole project feeds on the strength of the web and was entirely crowdfunded.
Vostok is the name of the spaceship that took Yuri Gagarin to space, and in a way travelling on such a vehicle today is as adventurous as space travel.
In the past, our leading man had used whatever means were available, hitch-hiking, cycling, walking, but at some point a different vehicle was needed in order to slowly fulfil the dream of every traveller: going around the world.
Thus, 28 quintals of pure mechanics, without electrical switches, technology frills, power steering or air conditioning system were turned into the Vostok100k project: 100 thousand kilometres around the world, with its first chapter, Europe, just completed.
The Vostok drove along roads from the North Cape to Cappadocia, and crowdfunding raised over 7000 euro in 50 days. His video reports were shared on the web, as well as the border stories that our leading man encountered: a continuous tale, a daily flow of awareness of what this kind of travel entails. “Even though you are alone” - says Lorenzo - “this way you feel the company of others, and since I travel by motorhome, I can give new meanings to the word ‘home’ every day”.
“I spent the night over the cliffs in Portugal, in the Tabernas desert, in Spain, I sipped wine on the cold Baltic beaches of Estonia, cooked in the Latvian forests, wrote my log on the mountains of Albania, and always felt home under the roof of my Vostok”, claims Lorenzo. He goes on to say: “Maybe, the secret is to be always curious, or maybe a traveller feels at home when he discovers new places, and what you did not know enters your heart and does not leave it. I met vagabonds, hitch-hikers, hermit friars and war refugees on the road of this Europe which is still looking for its identity: human beings that I will always remember, the real wealth of every journey”.
The adventure continues towards new destinations, always by motorhome, of course, the ideal vehicle for all the great dreams powering every journey.
(Find out more on: http://www.vostok100k.com/)