Many of us have a deep desire to see the world but very few would consider driving the entire way. That is exactly what Emil and Liliana Schmid decided to do when they started out on their road trip all the way back on October 18, 1984. Currently, the couple holds the Guinness World Record for the longest driven journey and each day they continue building upon it.
The journey they embarked upon started in 1984, when the couple first shipped over their Land Cruiser from Iceland to New York. The story goes that Emil convinced Liliana to travel the world, but her condition was a maximum of two years. Decades later the couple are still enjoying life on the road.
Over the course of 30 years, the couple have visited over 180 different countries.
I can only imagine what a 30-year vacation feels like.
During this entire time, they have used the same 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ 60 as their vehicle and home. The vehicle is outfitted with a mattress in the back along with a 5-pound propane tank, tools, spare car parts, a tent, clothes, winter sleeping bags, a pressure cooker, and water purifier. The roof even has a 5-gallon jerry can of water strapped to it for taking showers.
Guinness states that:
“As of 16 July 2014, the longest driven journey is 692,227 km (430,130 miles) and was achieved by Emil and Liliana Schmid (Switzerland) who travelled across 180 countries in the same Toyota Land Cruiser in a journey that started on 18 October 1984 and is still ongoing.”
Starting in New York, the couple spent two years exploring North America. After being satisfied, they decided to extend the journey to South America. Before they knew it, they had explored Africa, Australia, Asia, and found themselves back in Europe all within only the first ten years.
I’m so jealous of all the things they must have experienced and seen.
I wonder how many times that truck has broken down.
Liliana states that some of her favorite destinations over the past 30 years have been Papua New Guinea, Chile, Oman, and Moorea.
The couple’s adventures continue on to this day, as they most recently arrived in South Africa.