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Freedom on four wheels

Freedom on four wheels

Freedom on four wheels

Freedom on four wheels

Highlight "Freedom on four wheels" in hall 3 and 4

Many have discovered or rediscovered nature and the joys of leisurely life on the road in recent years. Holidaying in one’s own camper van is “in” with the Swiss – be it a camper trip in Alaska or van life as a digital nomad.

FESPO is adopting the “Freedom on four wheels” theme to shine the spotlight on mobile travel. In the Van Life and All-wheel-drive Adventure Camp, manufacturers present a variety of camper vans, while visitors can test proven mobile travel products. In addition, fascinating talks provide a wealth of insider tips on choosing the right vehicle. Seasoned travellers and bloggers will also be there, recounting their experiences all over the world. Another highlight: during all days of the fair, savoury and sweet dishes from the Omnia oven can be tested at Campers Paradise in the Travel Adventure Camp.

 

 

A wide-ranging programme awaits you on the event stage at the travel hub in hall 4.

Thursday, 2 February 2023

11:30 am Vanlife Travel Presentation: Border Experience Georgia by Barbara & Roger (Take the path)
12:30 am Expert Talk: Ticks, indigestion and malaria: Travel medicine tips.
Other regions of the world - other health risks. Together with professionals, Christian from Travel Magazin, together with the Travel Clinic Zurich, give tips on the right precautions and behaviour on site. 
1:30 pm Vanlife Travel Presentation: Of Wolves and Volcanoes - In a self-built camper from Alaska to Guatemala by Susanna & Martin (Whaleontrail)
2:30 pm Freestanding versus camping? Lui (comewithus2) with Conny & Chris (Offroad Travelers) in a debate
3:30 pm Expert tips: Motorhome for world travel: Imagination & ideas versus reality when planning and implementing your own truck Thorleif from Travel Magazine and photographer Roland Hemmi tell us which criteria in terms of weight, space requirements, electricity, food etc. led to the choice of a truck as a travel vehicle and how they prove themselves when travelling.
5:00 pm Culinary highlights from around the world: tasting of delicacies from the exhibiting countries

 

Friday, 3 February 2023

11:30 am   

Expert Talk: How to make your next trip more sustainable
Many travellers want to make their holidays more sustainable. Christian from Travel Magazin, together with Jon Andrea Florin, Managing Director of "fairunterwegs", gives tips on how to reduce your ecological footprint with simple means.
12:30 am Vanlife Travel Presentation: Of Wolves and Volcanoes - In a self-built camper from Alaska to Guatemala by Susanna & Martin (Whaleontrail) 
1:30 pm Vanlife Travel Presentation: Coastal Roads, Panoramic Routes and Dream Beaches - With the Campervan through Greece by Lui (comewithus2)
2:30 pm Travel Magazin presents: We convert a fire truck into a motorhome
Globetrotter Thorleif shows which checklist and empirical values led to the choice of the travel vehicle and the realisation of freedom on four wheels.
3:30 pm Finding the right destinations and packing right? Barbara & Roger (Take the path)
5:00 pm Culinary highlights from around the world: tasting of delicacies from the exhibiting countries

 

Saturday, 4 February 2023

11:30 am 

Vanlife Travel Presentation: Mexico with a four-wheel camper - from Baja California to the Caribbean coast by Conny & Chris (Offroad Travelers)
12:30 am Expert tips: Motorhome for world travel: Imagination & ideas versus reality when planning and implementing your own truck Thorleif from Travel Magazine and photographer Roland Hemmi tell us which criteria in terms of weight, space requirements, electricity, food etc. led to the choice of a truck as a travel vehicle and how they prove themselves when travelling.
1:30 pm Vanlife Travel Presentation: Border Experience Georgia by Barbara & Roger (Take the path)
2:30 pm Freestanding versus camping? Lui (comewithus2) with Conny & Chris (Offroad Travelers) in a debate
3:30 pm       Travel Magazin Workshop: How to take the perfect travel photos
Whether camera or mobile phone: on holiday, you want to capture memories, street scenes and landscapes. In a mini-workshop, Christian, our travel journalist and photographer, together with the award-winning photographer Roland Hemmi, give tips on how to take better photos with simple tricks.
5:00 pm Culinary highlights from around the world: tasting of delicacies from the exhibiting countries

 

Sunday, 5 February 2023

11:30 am

Finding the right destinations and packing right? Barbara & Roger (Take the path)
12:30 am Vanlife Travel Presentation: Coastal Roads, Panoramic Routes and Dream Beaches - With the Campervan through Greece by Lui (comewithus2)
1:30 pm Travel Magazin presents: We convert a fire truck into a motorhome
Globetrotter Thorleif shows which checklist and empirical values led to the choice of the travel vehicle and the realisation of freedom on four wheels.
2:30 pm     Travel Magazin Workshop: How to take the perfect travel photos
Whether camera or mobile phone: on holiday, you want to capture memories, street scenes and landscapes. In a mini-workshop, Christian, our travel journalist and photographer, together with the award-winning photographer Roland Hemmi, give tips on how to take better photos with simple tricks.
3:30 pm On the road in Romania "A round trip over mountain passes and gravel roads" by Conny & Chris (Offroad Travelers)

 

Discover the FESPO Zurich 2023 presentation programme with all information and times here:

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Vanlifers and experts at FESPO

Globetrotter and engineer Thorleif

 - Globetrotter and engineer Thorleif

Thorleif can relax and recharge his batteries in the tranquillity of nature, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, within his own four walls. Having topped up the water and diesel tanks and packed enough provisions, he loves being self-sufficient in his self-converted pickup. During his travels together with Simone, he has gained a wealth of experience in how to be organised within a small space without compromising on comfort. In future, the pair would like to travel for longer, get to know new cultures and not be tied to any particular place. That’s why, in summer 2021, they bought a 1995-built fire engine that they intend to convert into an expedition vehicle in the coming years.

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Travel journalist and photographer Christian

 - Travel journalist and photographer Christian

Christian first boarded a plane when he was three years old and didn’t return from abroad with his parents until seven years later. Since then, he’s actually spent more time far away than at home. So it’s hardly surprising that, after trying a few other jobs, he was drawn to travel journalism and photography. Christian has now been travelling from the Antarctic to Ascona and from Mosnang to Mongolia for over 10 years – by plane, car, train and van as well as often on foot as a pilgrim. He recounts his experiences in lively travel articles and also paints pictures to capture specific moments on his travels.

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Comewithus2 – Lui and Steffi

 - Comewithus2 – Lui and Steffi

Lui and Steffi have been on the road in a camper van for over six years. Hailing from Thurgau in Eastern Switzerland, the two have visited 45 of the 47 countries in Europe and also published five camping books. As well as being authors, the couple give talks, have their own YouTube channel and, whenever possible, hit the roads of Europe, where they are accompanied by Maja – a former mail bus that Steffi single-handedly transformed into a jewel on wheels. The pair most like travelling in the Balkans. “There, you’re still a guest rather than a tourist, so it’s particularly enjoyable to travel round a country like Albania,” enthuses Lui.

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Offroad Travelers – Chris and Conny

 - Offroad Travelers – Chris and Conny

Conny (42) and Chris (45) have visited 36 countries in their expedition vehicles during the last eight years, taking in Europe, North America and Central America. They most like travelling to areas well off the beaten tourist track, as that’s where they get the best impression of a country’s hospitality and traditions. The places they hope to find are not usually mentioned in any of the travel guides. That’s why they both avoid reading stacks of travel books, relying instead on their intuition, the aim being to travel around as much of the world as possible. The much-travelled duo don’t decide where to go next until a few days prior to departure, only to change their plans again just before they leave!

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Whaleontrail – Susanna and Martin

 - Whaleontrail – Susanna and Martin

It’s astonishing how much Susanna and Martin can pack into their old camper van – mountain bikes, snowboards, camping gear, climbing gear, surfboards and heavy camera equipment. The couple like nothing more than discovering a foreign country through its passions. In 2018, they therefore set out to get a little closer to the world together with Don the Whale, a self-converted Mercedes Sprinter. They spent two years on the road from Alaska to Guatemala before being forced home abruptly due to the coronavirus lockdown. Now back in Switzerland, they are using the time to recount their experiences by showing their most beautiful photos. They will be shipping Don across the Atlantic again in the foreseeable future.

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Take the path – Barbara and Roger

 - Take the path – Barbara and Roger

Barbara and Roger spent 550 days travelling through Europe and Asia in their T6 VW California. In spring 2021, the couple’s journey took them to the far north up to the North Cape via the Baltic states and Finland. They spent the majority of the winter in Greece, or rather on Crete, where they worked in an olive grove to become more immersed in Cretan life. The two continued further and further east when spring arrived, travelling through Turkey and Georgia before reaching the turning point in Armenia. They completed their incredible voyage by exploring Eastern Europe and Sardinia. The couple have recorded their experiences on their travel blog and YouTube channel.

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