Lizzy Mae van Son, her 2009 MINI Cooper S Cabrio, "Chippy," and her co-driver Valentina, have visited 47 countries in an ongoing, globe-trotting adventure that has captured imaginations and garnered a fair amount of attention on social media and in the automotive press.
The pair have a demonstrated love for the road, tackling unpaved mountain passes, uncharted roads, war zones and dangerous weather conditions in their quest for adventure. They are always on the move, preferring to never stop for more than one night.
Valentina is the navigator, preferring to use real paper maps instead of GPS. Apparently she is also in charge of snacks, to make sure that Lizzy Mae never gets tired behind the wheel. Though it sounds like that isn't much of a problem given the energy these two demonstrate in their videos and photos. On one trip, she drove 1500 kilometers without stopping.
The girls also try to learn about the culture of each place they visit, choosing the best food from local markets, taking photos wearing outfits that are based on the local culture, and even learning a few words to try to communicate with the locals. You can follow Lizzy Mae, Valentina, and Chippy's travels can be followed in a number of places, on their website, and on their Facebook page. Safe travels!
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