About Kombi Life

What is Kombi Life?

The Kombi Life Project was born in a bus.
The Kombi Life Project was born in a bus.

Kombi Life is a series of unique adventure travel projects, filmed and produced by a bunch of ordinary people turned nomadic explorers.

We live our lives driven by our passions with the belief that life is too grand of a journey to be lived in one place!

Is it scary, YES! Do we run into problems? ALWAYS! But we believe that travel is the University of Life and by humbly accepting that we develop more in the face of challenges than we do when faced with open roads, we strive to never stop growing!

We believe that travel has something for everyone and that it is something that you’ll never regret.  At Kombi Life, we share our passions with you, and inspire YOU to put your happiness first, to have the courage to pursue your own dreams (whatever they are) and to see the world in a more positive light.

 

Meet The Kombi Crew

Ben

 – Jersey Island (the OLD one not the NEW one)

If there is one thing you can learn about me from this series, it’s that once I’ve set my mind on something – no matter how overly ambitious – I WILL see it through….especially if it’s in the pursuit of an adventure!

 

BEST JOB EVER: Tiger Training in Thailand
BEST JOB EVER: Tiger Training in Thailand

So when I tell you that I have spent my entire adult life earning the chance to explore the world, it should come as no surprise to you that I left behind the realm of university degrees and fast-paced IT careers, swapped my suits for board shorts, my aftershave for bug repellent, gave away all of my possessions and booked a one-way ticket off my tiny island and out into the big wide world.

And you know what? It’s amazing the things you can find when you get yourself lost!

I thrived as ‘the no-plan man’, reveling in a freedom that has no equal! By fully surrendering to the randomness of travel I embarked on an incredible journey all over the planet.

Exploring Canada on a hand built raft
Exploring Canada on a hand built raft

 

I’ve now been on the road for exactly 3171 days.

I’ve spent winters shredding the mountains of Canada and New Zealand, eaten monkey brain soup for breakfast, tracked orangutans in Indonesia, been confronted by bull sharks, surfed the entire coast of Australia, almost died several times (and never felt more alive), lived with a monk in the mountains of Thailand, been lost in the remote valleys of Vietnam, worked as a tiger trainer, hitch-hiked across the length of Cambodia and lived with remote tribal headhunters in Borneo….oh I almost forgot to mention that I spent 5 years driving an old VW Kombi from Chile to Alaska, sharing it with over 100 people along the way…but you already knew that right?

5 days solo crossing the infamous Darien Jungle
5 days solo crossing the infamous Darien Jungle

So who am I? I’m the guy that’ll take experiences over possessions any day of the week.

I believe that people are inherently good, that the world offers us a fantastic opportunity for growth and that exploring our glorious planet is not privilege, but a necessity!

I’m conducting this social experiment because I am not convinced that conforming to society’s expectations will give me the most fulfilled life.  When my time is up, I want to look back on my life in those last moments and be able to give myself a high five! That’s why I’ve given up all my possessions, my career and high-paying job and all the security I’ve ever known and I’m heading out into the world on a voyage of discovery!

For me, this is my most anticipated and grandest adventure to date, I’m embracing the the world and all it can chuck at me… my promise to you is that I will bring you along, every inch of the way!

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Leah

– Melbourne, Australia

My name is Leah and I am a wanderer..oh and a Star Wars fanatic. A huge star wars fanatic so you may call me Princess Leia if you wish.

Any day that starts with hula hooping whilst brushing your teeth is going to be a good one!
Any day that starts with hula hooping whilst brushing your teeth is going to be a good one!

I first left to travel in 2007, frequently getting lost, but mostly on purpose. When I’m not travelling I am working as a youth worker, caring for disadvantaged youth in Melbourne. This taught me to look after myself, and I do that by traveling!

I feel most alive when I am escaping the conventional way of living and seeking new places, people and experiences. I have explored parts of this planet by planes, trains, buses even camels but by far the most fun and my favorite has been with the VW beauty; Co’Pito.

Northern Canada
Northern Canada

LEAH-AND-ALASKA

Since meeting Ben in a small coastal town of Mexico and jumping into a bus with a bunch of strangers from around the world, I fell in love with this way of living and seeing the world and found myself coming back to the Kombi time and time again: In Mexico, California, Canada and Alaska.

Travel has taught me so much, from soldering old laptop batteries for Co’Pito’s new solar panel to holding a camera straight (thanks for the tip Ben) on a rocking sailboat so I could capture Kombi Life at it’s best, all while trying not to puke.

So until I am kicked out of Kombi Life, or dragged out kicking and screaming I will continue to enjoy this ever changing, enlightening ride and hopefully get to inspire others and spread smiles along the way.

Everyday a new adventure!
Everyday a new adventure!

Alaska

– Born March 25, 2012 in Lima, Peru.  English Cocker Spaniel Latina Street Mix

ATTENTION DOG LOVERS: Alaska’s Story now on Instagram and Facebook

Underneath my traditional Peruvian dress I am a bad ass adventure girl
Underneath my traditional Peruvian dress I’m a bad ass adventure girl!
You better believe I can do yoga!
You better believe I can do yoga!

I’m a street bitch from the ghetto in Lima, Peru. What? It’s true!  Well, I might live on the street, but I have been raised by a hundred international nomads, so I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m a born traveler, literally, I know no other life.  I have no idea what the word “walk” means, my whole life is the best trek that you’ve ever been on!

I might have to sweat it up on a few long drives now and again, but truth be told it isn’t all that bad.  I’ve hiked the Andes, been nipple deep in mud on an Amazonian hunting trail, danced with a snake in Belize, been kidnaped in Guatemala, fought with an iguana in Mexico, volcano boarded in Nicaragua, almost died in the USA, been chased out of the ocean by biting fish bigger than me in Honduras, survived a remote indigenous community where dogs were banned in Panama – imagine that, a whole island where dogs are banned?!

Well the list goes on, if you want to know more, hear my special story here.

 

Defending the Kombi Crew from Godzilla!

The World’s Most Adventurous Dog on Instagram

 

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 Co’Pito

– 1992, Brazilian – Bay / Split Hybrid.

Engine:  Type 1 Mexican Fuel Injection ACD engine hijacked from a 2001 Mexican Beetle (rebuilt by Ben in Sep 2013) 1600cc Air-Cooled with full electronic ignition, hydraulic lifters an oil filter and flippin’ computer no less.

Another Champagne view on a lemonade budget
Another Champagne view on a lemonade budget

Do you ever get the feeling that people expect too much from you?  Well that’s how I’ve been feeling, ever since Ben turned up, full of beans and all excited about something called a “road trip”.

Since then he’s forced me over the Andes 7 times, crammed every inch of my aging body with up to 10 smelly travelers at a time, and let all sorts of cowboy mechanics fondle my private parts!

The world's largest salt flat, Bolivia
The world’s largest salt flat, Bolivia
troubled times Bolivia
It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong…right?

 

It’s no surprise that I’ve spat out spark plugs, thrown piston rings and pretty much every other part at some point or another in this ridiculous road-trip.  I’ve spent the night stuck in mud in Colombia, choked on the thin air at over 16,000ft in Bolivia, broken down on an erupting volcano in Ecuador, been pilfered in Panama, and had my engine rebuilt under a tree in the rain!

Is it my fault I’ve had my transmission and engine out 10 times so far?  Is it my fault that this trip was supposed to take 1 year and actually took 5?  I’ll leave that for you to decide!

If you really want to see what life is like with me, then check out the time that the guys spent 5 months stranded in Mexico, bringing me back to life!

If nothing else a VW Kombi will teach you the meaning of the word patience
If nothing else a VW Kombi will teach you the meaning of the word patience

Kombi Crew

Argentina and French travelers we picked up in the Colombian desert
Argentina and French travelers we picked up in the Colombian desert

It’s difficult to give a number of exactly how many people that have passed through the doors of Co’Pito on this marathon journey; be that for a few hours or a few months.  One thing is for sure though, this is not just our dream, it’s yours too!  The trip wouldn’t be the same without the people who have made it so unique for us, so we can’t wait to meet even more nomadic travelers on the road.

We are each other family when we travel
We are each other’s family when we travel, we eat, sleep and explore together!

You’ve all heard the saying “mi casa es tu casa” right?  Well look us up on Couchsurfing and come and stay for a while…our house might be small, but our garden is huge! 😉

*At times we may have to temporarily close our doors due to mechanical problems, but when we can, we’ll continue to offer free accommodation to anyone adventurous enough to join us!

Our videos are filmed and produced by the people that we meet along the way
Our videos are filmed and produced by the people that we meet along the way


Kombi Life Unsung Heroes – Team Patreon!

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Join The Kombi Crew

This isn’t a shameless plug to ask you to support our project, this is a genuine and heartfelt shout out to the small bunch of people who financially support our travel series.  They are not only part of the Kombi Crew, but they’re the cornerstone of our entire production.  We love our Patreons because not only do that make our content possible, but because it is also a community where we can share a more intimate behind the scenes view of doing what we do.  You too can be part of this team, if you want to be….there, that was a shameless plug 😉

 


YOU the YouTube Traveler 

 

Literally there would be no Kombi Life without you guys. The people that we have met (and are yet to meet) who share this adventure with us via the internet, make all of this possible!  The moral support that we receive from you absolutely flabbergasts us.

(*)Extra points for getting flabbergasts in there!

  • You are the Internet Mechanicwho is always there to offer advice and support when we are far from both.
  • You are our friends who like and share our videos helping us reach and inspire future adventure travelers.
  • You are our Patreons who are directly responsible for making our videos possible.
  • You are the absolute legends who donate a few bucks to keep gas in our tank and the adventure alive.
  • You are the kind soles who reach out to us to invite us into your lives as we pass through your part of the world.

 Want to know more – Check out our FAQs?! 

 

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