Hello,

I’m Paul and I started this blog in 2015. At that time I was still working in the start-up scene in Berlin and acquired the tools for this site – but my passion has always been traveling. And above all, independent travel in a vehicle.

As a camper nomad I live and work from all over the world. My little motorhome is my home and the control center for reports, tips and tricks about vanlife.

In 2014 I bought an old Mercedes bus for 1200 € in Bavaria and converted it myself as simple as possilbe. At that time, like most people, I had no idea about campers. Today I live in this vehicle and have seen a lot with it. For the next few years, I can’t imagine anything better than traveling the world in it and experiencing my own freedom.

In the last 5 years I have traveled to more than 30 countries in Europe and Asia with my camper.

Romina is the good soul of Passport Diary.

At the beginning of 2018 Paul received an email from Romina in which she wrote so nicely why she would like to write about traveling.

Today Romina is responsible for all texts related to travel, destinations and lifestyle.

She herself was on a European trip for a year with her VW T4. She is currently working on a new vanlife project in her hometown of Vienna.

Do you have any questions or suggestions for Romy?

Then contact us and we will try to give you the answer you need to start your adventure.

Hello to all travelers,

I’m Johannes and I’ve been part of the Passport Diary team since the beginning of 2018. After I was only able to get to know Paul briefly in Iran, we shared an apartment shortly afterwards in Tbilisi and Paul took me into the world of the digital nomads – and I liked it. So it was clear that we wanted to work together on Passport Diary in the future.

And the team grew.

I am originally from Stuttgart and enjoyed my time there. My studies were super relaxed and my subsequent job also went well with my life.

But why should you keep turning in the same circle all your life?

I’ve always loved trying new things and moving on. And so I did again.

Discovering the world with my own house on four wheels – that was a dream that I’ve had since the first Unimog came into our family. Go wherever you want – just go.

My girlfriend, now wife, was immediately enthusiastic and we started our shared dream.

After many lows and highs and four years of planning with a 30-year-old all-wheel-drive truck we set off – with no destination and no time limit. Live in the camper full time. We gave up everything at home.

Quit our jobs and gave up our apartments to leave Europe behind us. We set off towards Asia to see the whole world.

The journey came to life, life surprises you again and again.

Our baby was born in Tbilisi in 2018 and we have been traveling as a family ever since. Not only do we love it, our son does too. The little one is doing great and we three feel comfortable in our rolling home.

When Paul and I talked about the opportunity to work for Passport Diary in early 2018, it was clear that our journey would be longer. So we travel slowly, relaxed and like to help wherever hands are needed.

With my knowledge of all-wheel drive vehicles and automotive technology, I can close a gap in Passport Diary that was not previously filled. In addition to the technology, I also like to write interviews or information about traveling in general.

Ask yourself: If you have the feeling that something should change in your life, why not?

You want to join the Passport Diary Team?

We are constantly developing and are always looking for new, inspiring people who can spread the topic of vanlife with us.

Do you think you fit in well with our team?

Then take a look here.

Your base camp

  • The unique opportunity to be part of the Passport Diary story and promote Vanlife
  • Room for personal development and new ideas
  • Passport Diary is a flagship of the vanlife movement in Germany, be part of it.

Your travel experience

  • You live in your camper full-time or for several months a year
  • You love the subject of vanlife and are familiar with it
  • You trust yourself to write informative texts
  • You can write an invoice

Your mission

  • You write texts that are understandable for everyone and can convey content that fits Passport Diary
  • You enjoy working online and communicate without any problems in that way
  • You bring your own initiative and are interested in long-term cooperation

Your base camp

  • The unique opportunity to be part of the Passport Diary story and promote Vanlife
  • Room for personal development and new ideas
  • Passport Diary is a flagship of the vanlife movement in Germany, be part of it

Your travel experiences

  • You have built a camper yourself or still do
  • You like to write texts and you can imagine that others read these texts
  • You enjoy working on the computer from anywhere in the world
  • You can write an invoice

Your mission

  • You write guides (500-2000 words) on relevant topics from the content plan
  • You create text and image templates that we can put on the website
  • You bring your own initiative and are interested in long-term cooperation

Your base camp

  • The unique opportunity to be part of the Passport Diary story and promote Vanlife
  • Room for personal development and new ideas
  • Passport Diary is a flagship of the vanlife movement in Germany, be part of it

Your travel experiences

  • Do you speak English and can you express yourself well through  in writing?
  • You can use WordPress and you want to develop yourself further in this topic
  • You have basic knowledge of Photoshop and a version on your computer
  • You enjoy working on the computer from anywhere in the world
  • You can write an invoice

Your mission

  • You edit existing articles and revise old articles based on analytical numbers in English.
  • You work independently on the website from anywhere in the world
  • You would like to make the subject of vanlife better known in Germany

Andi and Paul met by chance at a campsite in Athens. Yes, that’s right, on a campsite.

Andi and Paul liked each other straight away, the first evening ended directly in a feast of ChaCha (Georgian schnapps) and vodka. After a year there was a reunion in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) while Paul’s Buchanka was being built. Andi was just on his way back from Mongolia.

Andi knows the internet and copywriting well, so what could be more natural than working together on the Passport Diary blog. Oh, and Andi drives a Mercedes 609 – a dream vehicle. In addition, he is currently building a Magirus Deutz truck.

Sabi and “Webmaster” Andi have been living full-time in their Mercedes 609 since the beginning of 2018.
At first they were on the road in Asia and Europe for almost 2 years. During this time they also ‘ran into Paul’. Once in Greece and 12 months later again in Kyrgyzstan.
At the moment the two are expanding a Magirus Deutz 75-16 in Germany.
Sabi is responsible that all texts find their place at Passport Diary and that nothing gets mixed up.
sabrina-zeltenhammer-passport-diary-blog-reisen-mercedes-609-vanlife-3
sabrina-zeltenhammer-passport-diary-blog-reisen-mercedes-609-vanlife-2

Gaspard loves to travel and is actually a cook. Gaspard and Paul met in Georgia during Covid 19 in spring of 2020 and made a virtue of necessity. Since both had a lot of time in quarantine, the idea arose to bring Passport Diary to France. Both lovers of Mercedes vans got along well immediately.

Gaspard takes care of the French part of Passport Diary. Gaspard travels to Central Asia with Charline, his girlfriend and their dog Zuela in their Mercedes 609D.

Fun fact: The Mercedes 609 from Gaspard has a wooden door.