Liliana and Emil Schmid - Guinness Book of World Records for the " Longest driven journey"

Liliana and Emil Schmid – Guinness Book of World Records for the ” Longest driven journey”

4 (or more) Wheels

  • A2A Expedition – The Bells, a family of four overlanding the world with their Land Rover Defender camper.
  • Alaskawilds – Gรผnter and Sissi travelling in Mexico, Central America and South America in an XP Camper.
  • Bodes Well – A family of 3 left California in August of 2009 with the idea of traveling for a year. More than 8 years and 23 countries later, they are still on the road.
  • Dare2Go – Yasha and Juergen overlanding since 2006. As of June 2021 they are stranded in Germany due to the coronavirus pandemic, and are unable to return to Australia, where they maintain residence.
  • Heidi Hetzer – In 2014, at the age of 76, Hetzer started the ultimate road trip, a world tour in her 1930โ€™s Hudson Greater Eight, which she called Hudo. She returned home to Germany in 2017. Hetzer died two years later, in April 2019, at the age of 81.
  • Ilka & Gรผnther Weingaertner– on the road since 2013.
  • Joe and Josรฉe’s Journey
  • Liliana and Emil Schmid – They have been overlanding in their 1982 FJ60 since 1984. They hold several Guinness Book of World Records, and they are still going. (Photos above)
  • Landcruising Adventure – Karin-Marijke Vis & Coen Wubbels, two Dutch wanderers, have been on the road in their 1984 BJ45 since 2003. Practical, real world advice on long-term slow travel on a small budget. For them it’s less about how many countries they can check off their bucket list. I return to their site quite often. Karin-Marijke also writes the Notes On Slow Travel blog.
  • Manon Ossevoort – She drove from the Netherlands, through Africa, all the way to the South Pole, on a tractor.
  • Gunther Holtorf, his partner Christine, and their Mercedes 300 GD they named Otto, travelled for 26-years across 215 countries. (Sadly, their web site Otto’s Journey, seems to have disappeared. Luckily you can still see and read about them and their world record setting adventure at the BBC, Daily Mail, Huckberry, Outside, Colonist, Wikipedia, MB Museum, and elsewhere. YouTube Video)
  • Pablo Rey and Anna Callau – In 2000 they left Barcelona in the hopes of going around the world in a 4×4 van in 4 years. 18 years and they are still on the road. Love it!
  • The Road Chose Me – Dan Grec, an Aussi living in Canada, author of a couple of books on overlanding, has driven around Africa in a Jeep, and earlier, the length of the Pan-American Highway in another Jeep. His next adventure takes him to Australia.
  • Rouletout – Berna Fuchslueger and Ulf Fuchslueger and their dog Mutlu overlanding the world in a Mercedes Atego 1225.
  • Swiss Nomads – Reni and Marcel have been on the road since 2007
  • This Must Be The Place โ€“ Olaf, Mirla travelling slowly from Canada to Patagonia in a bus they call Balthasar.. On the road since July 2015.
  • Trans-Americas Journey – Karen Catchpole and Eric Mohl on the road since 2006 ยป November 8, 2020 marked the 5000th day โ€” or 13 years, 6 months, and 8 days!
  • The Traveling Together Journal – Matt and Amie travelling mostly Central America // YouTube
  • Tread the Globe – Marianne and Chris, a UK couple, quit our jobs and sold our belongings to travel full time. ยป Their YouTube channel.
  • Tucks Travels in a Truck โ€“ Marcus and Julie Tuck – Lots of good information from personal experiences on their ongoing overland adventure.
  • The Turtle Expedition โ€“ Gary and Monica Wescottโ€™s overland adventures. These may have been the people that first introduced me to overlanding. They have been overlanding since 1972.
  • VW Vagabonds
  • Van Travellers – Lidia & Javi have been on their world trip since 2014 in a VW T4
  • Wild Journey โ€“ Claudia, a woman from Germany exploring the world.


  • 2RideTheWorld – Lisa and Simon Thomas have been on the road since 2003.
  • Sam Manicom โ€“ M/C Traveller. Writer. Presenter. 200,000 miles across 6 continents while riding around the world over 8 years. Author of four adventure books.
  • Ted Simon โ€“ A British travel writer of Jupiter’s Travels fame – circumnavigating the world twice by motorcycle. The second time, he was around 70 years old, and completed the journey in three years.

If you know of other inspirational overlanders, please do let me know.