About us

About the writers behind https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/

We are three guys writing this blog.

As early as teenagers, when were not even able to drive legally, we started dreaming about driving by car from Europe to Japan. We also dreamt about travelling by car for extended trips in other rather remote places of the world, like Panamericana or Transafrica.

When we were finally old enough to drive (and drink), two of us who were already friends at the time, did several overlanding / vanlife trips in Asia together, where we rented rusty cars from the local dealerships and slept in the car or tents (and other interesting places,  such as - after a unique series of events - prison...but that is another story ;)). Several roadtrips in the USA followed. 

In the beginnings, we did just bring a silk sleeping b-ag and a tent with us (to use if it was nice enough to sleep outside). On top of it, we packed basic overlanding gear like a gas stove, an icebox and some food. 

When we grew older and eventually each one of us was in a relationship, we started to do overlanding / vanlife each on our own, and - with women onboard - vanlife got more luxurious ;)

This blog summarizes our experiences that we gathered over the years, on single, joint and family trips, in various places of the world (see the map below).

Please feel encouraged to reach out to us with any questions or comments you may have. We would love to grow this community, and are also always open for like-minded people who would like to share their ideas and thoughts as guest authors on our page. 

Some trip reports and travel diaries you can find here. This trips are always are done by travellng as a single car, sometimes too as solo traveller.

Transafrica Journey (20`500 km) Overland Trip 
Iceland Trip (6`500 km) Overland Trip 
Laos Journey (4`000km) Overlanding Trip
South America solo trip (35`500 km) Overland Trip 
Eastern Europe solo Trip (6`5000 km) Overland Trip 
Sweden Overland (6`600 km) Overland Trip 

You can reach us at this at this email adress: 4x4tripping at gmx.ch

Our postal address:
Heinz Treben
Kornackerstrasse 12
4402 Frenkendorf

Yours, Heinz, Etienne, Stefan  




Here can you see where we where till today:



Here are some pictures out of our journeys:

Vanlife and Overlanding in Thailand - it is more than just camping
Offroad Fun in Thailand


Overlanding and Vanlife in the us - that is more than just camping
Overlanding and Vanlife in the US

Vanlife and Overlanding in africa - - that is more than just camping on our transafrica
A road in Cameroon on our Transafrica

Vanlife and Overlanding in africa - - that is more than just camping
River Camp in South Africa

Vanlife and Overlanding in Iceland - - that is more than just camping
Staying wild in Iceland

Vanlife and Overlanding in Dubai UAE - that is more than just camping
not just 4x4 in the UAE

Vanlife and Overlanding in Bolivia - that is more than just camping
6 months in south america

Vanlife and Overlanding in Europe - that is more than just camping
Vanlife and Overlanding in Europe


Vanlife and Overlanding in cuba - that is more than just camping
Overlanding in Cuba by rental

Overlanding and Vanlife in Laos - that is more than just camping
Laos Offroad Adventure

Overlanding and Vanlife in Bulgaria - - that is more than just camping
Overlanding in Europe

The white Landcruiser 200 hasnt had much repairs in the last 10 Years and 110`000 km (70`000 Miles)

The list of my Spares / Repairs:
3x Frontscreen (Mauretania, South Africa, Germany)
1x Side Window (car break-in in Peru, repaired in Bolivia) (funny story how I did have to do an house search by myself)

And this spares:
53420-60050 Hood Hinge Assembly (welded in Peru, replaced back at home)
88710-6B580 Tube ASSY Airconditioner (soldered in Bolivia, replaced later back at home)
88460-60400 CONDENSER ASSY,COOLER
48702-35670 2x Buche (gum Part from the aftermarked upgraded AHC dampers)



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