We’re Lucy and Ben, two photographers from Cornwall, UK who’ve been living and travelling in our self-converted LDV Convoy camper van for the best part of four years. We’ve travelled all across Europe from West to East documenting our encounters with the people we meet as well as our own travels and adventures. We embrace the ethos of slow travel and minimal living, generally spending between 2 and 8 weeks in each country, getting to know each culture, cuisine and people as though we were locals ourselves as well as hiking, wild swimming and camping as we go.
We are currently on our third 7 month long road trip, travelling through the Balkans for the second time beginning in the French Alps and venturing as far East as Turkey, visiting 13 countries in between.
When we graduated uni together we both knew we wanted to travel; Ben wanted to visit the Middle East and Lucy had always wanted to see more of Europe. Our ideas came together and we ended up buying a van for £1000. It was rusty, leaky and covered in tie dye spray paint but we fell in love. We spent 10 months converting it from a minibus into a cosy home on wheels and we’ve been tweaking and adding to it ever since to suit our needs.
The conversion wasn’t easy as we knew basically nothing about DIY so every process was a learning curve. There was blood, sweat, tears and all the rest of it but we persevered through. As money was tight we used a lot of reclaimed and upcycled materials such as pallet wood, coffee sacks, scraps of plywood and driftwood for decoration. All of these materials add unique textures and patterns into our van and most of our soft furnishings are various items we’ve picked up along our travels.
We have everything we need to be self-sufficient in our little home on wheels; a gas oven and cooker, heating and hot water, a shower, a fridge and a toilet. We have a solar panel on the roof, leisure batteries and big water tanks so we can live completely off the grid and travel to ever more remote places.
Our plan was simple: visit every country in Europe in our rusty tin can of a van. So far we’ve made it to 28 countries, travelling as far West as Portugal and as far East as Ukraine, having all sorts of crazy adventures in between.
Our main motivation for our travels is to capture photos and create documentary projects, so our van is primarily a vessel for our photography. We tend to focus on topics such as nomadism, traditional ways of life, the effects of recent political events and the difficulties of living in remote rural areas as well as documenting our own adventures and lifestyle on our various social channels.
We’ve had so many memorable experiences on our travels, and our photo documentary projects have given us an intimate insight into the lives of many different people and brought us together as friends.
We've visited the folk living in one of the most remote corners of Europe in the Albanian Alps, experienced the culture and traditions of the horsemen in the Hortóbagy National Park, and experienced life with Roma gypsies in their village in Romania, and there's still so much more to explore...
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