A Tunisian nomad since birth, I’ve always had a deep fascination with VW Buses. I had just turned 30 when I decided to fly to Australia. There I got the chance to rent an RHD 1974 yellow VW Bus, to camp in and drive along the coast of Byron Bay.
It all started with a dream of visiting Mexico and Latin America. When the moment finally came, I did not hesitate to pack my backpack and fly to Mexico.
After backpacking there for a while, I decided to pursue my other dream of living on the road full time and seeing the world from the driver seat of my own bus. Beyond Mexico, the adventure continued to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
After staying for an extended period, it was time to ship the old bus to Europe, and eventually making the much-awaited journey across the mediterranean sea to my native land and beloved home, Tunisia.
My life mission is...
To represent my country in this community and to be the voice of an underrepresented minority in this lifestyle. As a member of this wonderful community, I’d like to share the profound beauty of our land and culture with my fellow Buslifers and travelers around the world.
Also, to share the wonders of the VW Buslife with the Tunisian youth, and to inspire them to follow their dreams. I want to establish an international hub based in Tunisia that promotes a healthy and eco-friendly style of travel. Finally, to raise awareness about the beauty and pleasure of VW Bus ownership.
Learning the language and going to the local markets. Discovering the cuisine will give you a chance to communicate and describe your preferences. One of the tips that helped improve my Spanish is to nicely ask people to only speak to me in Spanish. It also helps to talk to your mechanic in the local language, I've spent quite some time in old VW Garages around Latin America, to expand my mechanical knowledge and learn the language.
One of the most important things to check is the sliding door, to make sure it's calibrated, slides smoothly, and shuts with minimal effort. It's also good to check for rust. If you have a chance, do a compression test on the engine, take it to more than one mechanic to get a second and third opinion. The shifting of gears on VW Buses is known to be a bit loose, but make sure it's not too loose.
It's the best decision you'll ever make. Don't be overwhelmed, it is an old bus with lots of history - it requires care and attention. However, they were made to be very sturdy and reliable. Be gentle and mindful when you're behind the wheel. Take it easy on the gas pedal and enjoy the journey.
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