Say hello to Leander, Maria and their son, Lennox. These three intrepid travelers are currently en route from the Alps in Austria – where they come from – to the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The journey is some 30,000 kilometers in length and takes them across three continents, four climate zones and eleven time zones. Once they reach their goal, they will have spent some two and a half years on the road. To accompany them – while providing shelter, protection and transportation – is their lead wolf, Akela. Inspired by the Jungle Book, Akela is the name the family chose for their trusty old truck.
We wish you luck, Akela World. It is an incredible journey you are on. If you want to keep up with the family, head to akela.world.
There’s a map on the site so you can see where they are right now. While you’re there, don’t forget to read the extensive travel blogs – which provide a detailed commentary on the family’s triumphs, trials and tribulations. And, of course, enjoy the amazing photographs.