Bert de Ruiter met de Steyr 1291 campertruck

My name is Bert, born in 1952 in the Hague, Netherlands

Passion for travel

From my 18th I am infected by the travel bug. My passion for travel and photography has brought me to many countries on the 3 major continents. First by public transport (backpacking), thereafter 25 years by bicycle and now, in the meantime, 3,5 years with Piggy, the campertruck. The photos of a large part of these trips are placed at Alamy Stock Photo Agency (

Stock photography by Bert de Ruiter at Alamy<< Click on the button. Then you see all the photos offered for sale of most of my trips worldwide.
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Around the world by campertruck

From 2012, leading up to the end of my working life I started making plans about this journey. The original plan was to round the Earth by bicycle, but considering all things, I finally decided to manage this trip on 4 wheels.

The advantage of this is that I have my own roof above my head and also have space for my complete photo equipment and other useful things. In addition I carry my travelbike with me, because travelling by bicycle for a couple of days or weeks is the ultimate way to explore a country or a region. The camper will then function as a basecamp/station.

End of May 2015 I got my driving license for big trucks (Category C) and in september 2015 I purchased the “camper” . To be more specific, I should mention that it is a 12 ton 4 × 4 “camper truck” or “expedition truck”. A Steyr 1291. I call him “Piggy” because it turns out that he feels perfectly at home in the mud.

Before I started the trip I sold or donated all my posessions, inclusive car and house, and accepted a new, nomadic life.

The site is about my journey over the different continents which has started in Goes, Zeeland, Netherlands on March 28th 2016. There is no time limit. The end of the trip is determined by wanderlust, finance and health.

It is a solo journey, but my intention is to invite people who are interested in joining me during my trip for a couple of days or weeks against a small compensation in costs.

 So…….. Hop On And Join In!!

After 33 countries and more than 71,000 km (See ROUTE) my last intermediate goal has been reached. Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Piggy is parked and repaired here at YAKMOBIL during the winter months. Between September 2018 and April 2019 I fled the Mongolian winter and went to the Indonesian archipelago and the Philippines to travel these countries by bicycle, motorcycle and backpacking (See blogs) At the end of April 2019 the journey with Piggy will be continued towards  the “Stan “countries, Iran and further east. Of course again dependent on health, wanderlust, finances and technical condition of Piggy

Who wants to join me?