VW Vagabonds Three-Year Odyssey


Name: Amanda and Richard Ligato
Roadtrippin Name: VW Vagabonds
Hometown: San Diego, California, United States

Road trip destination: United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and Africa

Inspiration for the trip: Seeing a billboard one day for the US$14.1 million California lottery and starting to think what they would do with their lives if they ever won it.

Number of years saving money for the trip: 6

Vehicle: 1978 VW Westfalia campervan
Date left home: September 2000

Years on the road: 3

Miles Driven: 60,000

Continents driven through: 4
Countries driven through: 24

Border Crossings: 122

Average amount of money spent per day while roadtrippin (including gas, food and recreation: $46

Media Coverage: A lot, including being profiled in the October 2006 issue of National Geographic Adventure and a hard cover book called Campervan Crazy.

After the trip: (1) Wrote a book about their roadtrip, Wide-Eyed Wanderers: A Befuddling Journey from the Rat Race to the Roads of Latin America & Africa, and (2) traveled for 1.5 years/12,000 miles by bicycle through Asia

Richard and Amanda's Website: www.vwvagabonds.com

Photo #1: The Rift Valley, Northern Kenya
Photo #2: The Namibian Desert