Herbie’s World Tour

Our Love Bug, Herbie, traveled with us all around the world. We started on September 20, 2009, and spent almost four years on the road. Since that we visited 80 countries on six continents (including all 48 lower United States of America) by crossing 115 international borders. Herbie has made around 140,000 miles (or 225,000 kilometers) so far, touring outside our home country, Austria.

Herbie’s World Tour started in our native city, Vienna, Austria. Initially we headed eastwards, leaving Europe and crossing the Middle East as well as Asia. From the east coast of India, we shipped Herbie No. I and our camper to Melbourne, Australia. In the meantime, we backpacked all over Southeast Asia by buses and trains. After touring around Down Under we put our set-up into another container going by ship from Brisbane to the port of Long Beach in California, USA.

In 2010, we covered all 48 continental United States by driving from coast to coast several times. In the year 2011, we explored Canada, Mexico and entire Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize), as we were traveling down to its dead end in Panama as well as all the way back to California again, where we stored Herbie No. I for a little while.

During summer 2011, we toured all over Europe in Herbie No. II, who we resurrected, after he was parked in the garage of Domi’s father for a couple years. We also had to get hold of second camper before we could go on “Herbie’s Euro Trip”, as the other trailer ended up in California. Therefore we drove to Eastern Germany to buy another “QEK”.

After exploring our native continent, Europe, we got back to the USA in order to activate Herbie No. I once again and to complete the huge missing section of the Pan-American Highway. So, we toured across the United States and Mexico and shipped the Love Bug from Veracruz to Colombia. From there we followed the so-called “Panamericana”, heading South to Argentina as well as all the way back again.

In December 2012, we started the most adventurous chapter of Herbie’s World Tour by touring the last missing continent, Africa, in Herbie No. II pulling the little camper. We headed from Vienna to Genoa, Italy, in order to get our set-up on a ferry to Tangier, Morocco. From there we crossed the African continent, traveling down the West, eventually reaching the Cape of Good Hope.

After reaching the most south-western point of the African continent, we headed back North again, but this time on the other side of Africa. On our long way up we had to go along the notorious “Trans-East-African Highway” in Kenya, which we managed in the middle of the rainy season without a single tow. After crossing the Lake Nasser as well as the Mediterrnean Sea by ship, we eventually got back to Eurasia and Europe.

In May 2014, we returned to the United States. After traveling together around the world for four years, we decided to marry. Our wedding took place in Independence, California. On our honeymoon we were visiting our most favorite spots of the US Southwest and were of course taking Herbie No. I for this very special ride …

… and they lived happily ever after.

Herbie’s World Tour has been continuing since then, of course. In summer of 2016, for instance, we traveled the US Southwest again. Herbie accompanied us for two months driving thousands of miles cross country. Whenever we have the chance to take Herbie for another ride – we take it! So, there is even more to come! Stay tuned!

Nations we visited on Herbie’s World Tour so far (chronologically):
Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Iran, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Loas, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, the United States of America (USA), Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom (UK), Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and Serbia.

Below you can see Herbie exploring the world…

Egypt, Africa

Sudan, Africa

Ethiopia, Africa

Kenya, Africa

Tanzania, Africa

Mozambique, Africa

South Africa, Africa

Namibia, Africa

Angola, Africa

Congo, Africa

Gabon, Africa

Cameroon, Africa

Nigeria, Africa

Togo, Africa

Burkina Faso, Africa

Mali, Africa

Mauritania, Africa

Western Sahara, Africa

Morocco, Africa

Venezuela, South America

Brazil, South America

Paraguay, South America

Argentina, South America

Chile, South America

Bolivia, South America

Peru, South America

Ecuador, South America

Colombia, South America

Switzerland, Europe

France, Europe

France, Europe

Spain, Europe

Spain, Europe

Spain, Europe

England, UK, Europe

Scotland, UK, Europe

Scotland, UK, Europe

Channel Ferry to Great Britain, Europe

Belgium, Europe

The Netherlands, Europe

Sweden, Europe

Sweden, Europe

Norway, Europe

Estonia, Europe

Latvia, Europe

Poland, Europe

Belize, Central America

Guatemala, Central America

Honduras, Central America

Costa Rica, Central America

Panama, Central America

El Salvador, Central America

Mexico, North America

California, USA, North America

Arizona, USA, North America

Utah, USA, North America

Colorado, USA, North America

Nova Scotia, Canada, North America

Queensland, Australia

India, Asia

Iran, Asia

Dubai, UAE, Asia

Oman, Asia

Saudi Arabia, Asia

Jordan, Asia

Turkey, Asia