Touting the moniker, “World’s Greatest Traveler” is rather remarkable. It is no doubt deserved when talking about the likes of Gunter Holtorf and his wife Christine. As of this week, the German National has completed a lifelong journey that took 26 years to complete, traversing over 900,000 kilometers in a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon. The journey took the couple through 177 countries, starting in 1988 when Gunter quit his job at Lufhansa Airlines. That year he shipped the G-Wagon, named ‘Otto’, to the Sahara Desert. 26 years later, his wife Christina had passed but Gunter still continued on and finished their journey parking Otto for the final time at the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin.
Gunter and Christine did this with no accolades, no sponsors and no promise of glory. They wanted a life full of adventure, and they got it. Aside from what the couple accomplished and went through, Gunter tells us his G-Wagon was rarely broken down. They carried a wealth of aluminum boxes filled with spare parts knowing they would be places without any help. Gunter said he never encountered a problem he couldn’t fix, he attested to regular maintenance and of course, some luck. The vehicle will now be on display at the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart.
If you want to have a chat or learn more about Gunter and the journey, head on over to his Facebook page.