About Dani and Isa

about dani and isa - the authors of lost on the route

Hello beautiful people!

We are very pleased (and a little embarrassed to tell you the truth!) that you are interested in finding out more about us who are behind the articles on this blog!

After all, we believe it is nice as well, to get to know each other a little more as “people” and not just as mere “internet users” navigating the great world of the internet.

Therefore, on this page we wanted to try to open ourselves up a bit, telling you how we got here to write these lines, and telling you a few more anecdotes and trivia about ourselves ๐Ÿ™‚


Our Story: Prologue

trip to cappadocia by motorhome-our experience-questions and curiosities

We are Dani and Isa, two young travel lovers like many, moved by a strong curiosity about the world around us and all its fascinating and kaleidoscopic facets!

We are both Italian, but we come from two entirely opposite regions:

  • Dani is from Cles, in Trentino, that mountainous region in northern Italy where people drink beer like it was water and where they spend their days among apples, cows, snow-capped peaks and breathtaking views in contact with nature – like in the Heidi cartoon (ollala hihรฌ!).
  • Isa, on the other hand, is from Bisceglie in Apulia, a region bathed by the Mediterranean Sea in southern Italy where people live in flip-flops, stuffing themselves with olives, panzerotti and fish on every possible occasion (but also when there is nothing to celebrate!!).

We met almost 10 years ago now (how time flies!!), many, many things have happened, and now we find ourselves traveling and living together full-time in an orange van we have named “Arancino” (“little male orange” in English).

If you are interested in learning about our history, let’s start at the beginning!๐Ÿ™‚

Mallorca: Our Place of the Heart

dani and Isa in mallorca - it was 2015

We met by chance when we were 22 (we are the same age!), in a hotel with entertainment in Mallorca.

At the time, I was returning from a 6-month trip to Latin America (me, Dani), and had a 3-month gap before flying to Helsinki to begin my undergraduate master’s degree in Business and Sustainability.

I was looking for a little job for the summer to put some money aside.

I was in that period of youth when I liked to try everything (not that that’s changed now!), and I sent my CV around to so many places and websites, kind of randomly too!

I also sent a CV as a tour animator to Spain seeing it as an opportunity to practice my Spanish and overcome some of the shyness I still had.

Within 3 days they called me and there I was, with many other guys, doing an introductory course!

The various hotels in the area then, after the course was over, could choose the entertainers that best matched their hotel…and I was chosen to stay in a hotel called Beverly Playa by a girl: Isa!

Isa was the vice-head entertainer at that hotel back in the day, and his team was looking for a crazy guy: from what he recounts today, all she had to do was see me dancing a mini-disco with my metalhead grace and boom, got me!

(I still don’t know whether to take that as a compliment or not! ahah ).

mallorca spain dani e isa

Throughout the summer we were great friends, and we had the time of our lives: I discovered the beauty of “entertainment,” a job I love, and I learned what I call “the art” of bringing a smile to people.

Then at the end of the season we parted ways, each going our own way.

We saw each other in 2016 again in Mallorca, but only for five days .

That year Isa was in Mallorca for another season, but I had to fly to Sao Paulo for a 6-month university interchange.

The following year, I returned to Mallorca for another summer, somewhat in hopes of seeing Isa again: yes I admit it!

That year, however, she did not come, except for a couple of days when we saw each other in passing.

Then, again, each went his own way: Dani traveling for Asia, and Isa for Africa.

dani and isa - the years when we couldn't cross paths

In 2018, I was out of college, and despite my passion and curiosity for the business world, I had already realized that locking myself in the office of a large corporation was not for me, but just not!

I went back to Mallorca, for what I told myself would be a “last season” of animation.

That year I had grown to head entertainer in one hotel, and Isa was covering the same position, but in another (darn!).

Even this year we saw each other a couple of times, brushed against each other and let go.

Then in2019, boom magic: the planets aligned!

At the beginning of the season (yes, it is a job that is hard to quit!) I was looking for girls to make up my team, and Isa by sheer chance of events told me along with a friend of hers, that they were interested in joining!

How did the story end?

We had a 100% full animation season, danced in the fire, acted in hundreds of shows, sang our hearts out, played like children and laughed our heads off for 10 long months!

at last together 2019


Then November came, the hotel closed and-“and this time just not!” I said to myself!

I booked a flight to Bali, so out of the blue, without saying anything to Isa.

This time I was determined not to want to lose her again….

And from that trip to Baliin 2019 we are officially a couple, and we have never left each other since ๐Ÿ™‚

in bali

Between Bali and Paris, the idea of “Lost on the Route” is born.

After Bali we came back, did Christmas and New Year in Italy, and left for a week in Paris.

After 3 days of museums, and dozens of kilometers walking through the streets of the Ville Lumiere, we sat down at a small table in a studentbar.

There for the first time, we reflected a bit on the next steps and agreed that…we were still full of problems!

Isa lived with her parents in Puglia (southern-most italy) Me with my parents in Trentino (northern-most Italy)

Meeting outside of our job season, it was complicated, and expensive, and we didn’t have that much during those days…

From there, I came up with the idea (at the time very vague and spontaneous) of starting a travel blog with the dream maybe one day, of turning it into a job that would give me the ability to work remotely from anywhere.

I talked to Isa about it.

She looked at me and said, “It’s a fascinating idea, but it’s absurd — but can you really live with a blog?

And there I honestly answered her, “Boh, no clue! We like writing anyway, so why not try…”



2020: Out of the bustle, a little dream is born!

In 2020 we decided to return to Mallorca to work another year in a hotel, with the idea of saving ourselves some money while we took our first steps into the so-called “blogging” world (which we knew absolutely nothing about!).

February 2020, I bought the lostontheroute.com domain, and boom: ready to go!

Throughout the month I set about designing a homepage (I had no idea how a blog worked, and it took me 2 hours to choose a font – horrible by the way!) and this was the result: not too bad after all ahah!


Our first Homepage

our first homepage


Then I awkwardly scribbled down a logo as well, which fortunately my sister helped me turn into something nice!

An orange van came out of it!

If you’re wondering why we named it “Lost on the Route” or why an orange van as our logo, find out more about Lost on the Route ๐Ÿ˜‰


Doodles to create a logo

logo design lostontheroute - 2020


The domain was there. The name was there. The logo was there…vamos and let’s start a new experience!

Well…time to write the first 10 articles and…boom again: disaster arrived!

Covids, lockdowns, gloves yes, gloves no, masks, FP1, FP2, balcony cheers, toilet paper battles, memes of black people dancing carrying a coffin, impractical online yoga classes…in short you get the picture!


covid pandemic - with masks

And then, of course, no more planes!

Skyscanner was the Sahara Desert, and we all locked in the house, looking out the window.

Right now, like I think many of you, we have realized how much we take for granted the privilege of being able to travel.

Because being able to travel is a privilege, and we can only be grateful whenever we have the opportunity to do so!

To travel basically you need many things: money and passportfirst and foremost, those who say otherwise are lying!

It is true that one can travel with very little by cutting expenses (for years we traveled that way!), but with nothing at all…no!

Stuck at home, after a few weeks of immense eating and on the threshold of 150 pounds for two, we asked ourselves: does it make sense to write a travel blog now that no one can travel?

It seemed a crazy thing to do!

However, being two hard heads and two travel sickos, we decided to channel our energy and the time we had both to grow this blog (at the time really a nasty little duck!) and to plan our future work and travels.


lockdown times

And yes…because our desire remained to travel the wholeworld…even though the world was closed that year.

Then we thought…where do we get the money to travel if we don’t even have the money to get an apartment to live together when we are in Italy?

Under covid, of course the hotels were closed and we had a remote job we didn’t!

And there, last…boom! We came up with the bombshell idea: let’s truck a van, so we have a home to stay in, and a means to travel!

At the time, we knew NOTHING about RVs: we didn’t know where to start, whether it was feasible, whether it could be homologated, how the systems worked…NOTHING AT ALL!

However…we had a dream, and that was more than enough!

2020 - we have a dream

Two books that changed our lives: let’s go All-in!

We returned to Italy, me to Trentino and Isa to Puglia. Phew…separated again!

I set out to look for ideas to finance the van, but really at the time it seemed crazy to us!

Then, within a week, almost by accident, I read two books that to this day I can say changed our lives.

These two books were:

2 life-changing books


  • The first, “You Were Born Rich” by Bob Proctor, is a book that “explains” how there is always a way to “really make things happen” and attract the necessary resources, full of examples and practical actions! At first reading it sounds crazy, but if you believe it will work, it really works!
  • The second, “A Night in Bali” by the italian travel blogger and writerGianluca Gotto, is a book where the first five pages of introduction are worth the whole book and much more! It’s a book that grabs you, scrambles you, makes you think about what you really value in life, and most of all pushes you to take a leap of faith. Read after being in Bali then…I immediately passed it to Isa as soon as I devoured it, and she gobbled it up too!

Really, without having read these two books, I probably would not have found the courage at that time to take the plunge-I still get excited thinking about it!

Books I have read many, and many good reads as well… but these were the right books at the right time, a sign of destiny!

Finished reading, time a week and I sent a transfer of 16,300 Euros to a Dortmund dealer to buy an orange van from Germany, without even having gone to see it! (you can find out here why exactly orange! ๐Ÿ™‚ ).


Signed the contract: my incredulous face!

I didn't believe it myself

In fact, at the time, with Covid all the hotels in Germany were closed.

The dealer gave us a one-year warranty on any problems: the price was good, the condition as well, let’s go!

Between van and camper, we had put all our savings on the line (not enough anyway!), and to finance a good half of the sum we even took out a loan: we were All-IN!

Twenty-four-hour drive to pick it up, bureaucracy, license plates, back to Italy, and voila, here began the story of arancino!

Arancino: the impossible takes shape!

At this moment, theadrenaline was high, so high that it covered the anxiety that assailed us as we saw the bare metal walls of our empty van (and our bank account drop so precipitously!).

We had bet that that would become our home, and there was no going back from there!

Well, we rolled up our sleeves, and studied with our heads down, asking for advice when uncertain from craftsmen halfway across the valley: carpenter, plumber, blacksmith, electrician, tiler, body shop… We asked everyone for advice, but then we put our hands in!

In 4 months we trucked our arancino in our spare time, and in another 4 months of bureaucratic odyssey we homologated it!

We certainly would have liked to do it full time to put less into it, however, we had to work to support ourselves and finance the project….

During the pandemic we re-invented ourselves to rebuild our nest egg: me as an English and German teacher in preschools, and Isa painting and putting her artistic skills to use full-time!

Between our jobs and the part-time campervan conversion, the months literally flew by!

2021 - us camperizing a van

Once we had finished all the conversion, we looked at each other: we were excited, incredulous, so tired, but incredibly excited!

Never would we have thought before that we would grow this incredible passion for the RV world!

Fact is, after we got our hands on it, we really fell in love with it!

During the van conversion, we documented everything down to the last detail and put in black and white all the theory and practice learned during the process so that it would not be wasted.

Article after article, we never thought that this blog would in a few years become one of the most visited sites in Italy for Do-It-Yourself RVing, with peaks of 30,000 monthly readers-we don’t even believe it today to tell the truth!

The fact of the matter is, before Christmas the RV was ready, and we were ready as well…there was nothing left to do but to leave!

2022: Full-time departure!

In the first part of 2022, we stayed a little longer in Trentino, waiting for my labor contract with the kindergartens to expire.

During school breaks, we took a few trips to Mittel Europe, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria–a little warm-up!

Then, on July 2, we left. Full time. With everything in the van: our clothes, our belongings, our dreams, our fears…

We were in disbelief that we were actually doing it!

In this video below re-emerged from the hard drive, I leave you with a reaction of ours from when we left (I was throwing it into laughter so as not to get emotional! haha :).

We start full-time: We couldn’t believe it!

Only plan: get to Mallorca and slowly tour it with our RV.

As our first long trip, we had planned to go back to where we met!

From Italy, we took the road to the French Riviera: France, Monte Carlo, Andorra, Barcelona…ship and woop: Mallorca!

We planned a month, but we stayed 3 months: every time we go back this magnificent island becomes more and more our place of the heart, and in the RV it is a real sight!

travels 2022 lost on the rotue


On the way, we did some small jobs here and there to finance ourselves.

In the end, we spend relatively little traveling by RV, between 1700-2000Euros in two per month, but counting really everything everything everything – food, gasoline, insurance, taxes, blog costs, souvenirs, museums, contingencies, internet, etc… everything!).

It is not little, but relatively little.

That’s what we would more or less spend equally staying put without an van!

Sure, we still didn’t have solid economic stability, but at least we were on the road, and that was all we wanted!

Then in October, we returned to Italy and traveled it up and down a couple of times, discovering those places in our beautiful country that we had only heard of.

2023: Between the Balkans, Turkey and the Iberian Peninsula

During our three little months around Italy, we were thinking: how great would it be to go to America, or Asia in an RV!

Sure, we had the time…but money very little! ๐Ÿ™‚

In January 2023, this blog began after 3 years to generate a little more than what we needed to maintain it.

We were in the positive, albeit by a small amount….

I opened a VAT number, and decided to devote myself only to writing, turning down other jobs that had been offered to me.

Isa meanwhile, continued to receive commissions for paintings and portraits, and continued to devote herself to her art project (as well as, of course, to help me out!).

In short, we were beginning to have the means to support ourselves by traveling.

Of course, not yet as far as America, but traveling!

Therefore, by 2023 we planned to finish wandering Europe before leaving the continent for a few years.

After all, why push ourselves so far right away if we have not yet seen everything that is close to us? Decision made! ๐Ÿ™‚

In 4 months, we traveled the roads of the Balkan Peninsula: Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania.

2023 balkan peninsula - lost on the route

Then we entered Turkey…Istanbul, Ankara, all the way to Cappadocia and back from the south coast!

Turkey is a place that has remained in our hearts: vast, hospitable, wild, free… we vowed to return soon!

turkiye 2023 - lostontheroute

Upon returning, after a couple of months in Italy, we again felt the call of our beloved Spain.

We flew to Mallorca for 4 days of relaxation, and there we planned to take Arancino back and venture into the Iberian peninsula that we still knew little about.

Said, done: from Barcelona down through Alicante, Almeria, Murcia…and then Granada, Malaga, Estepona, all the way to Gibraltar…and then up again to Sevilla, Portugal from the Algarve to Lisbon, Nazarรฉ and Porto, returning to Spain and seeing Combarro, Santiago, La Coruna, Asturias, Sierra Leon, Segovia, Madrid and Basque Country…

dani and isa in spain
spain and portugal 2023 - lost on the route

And nothing, Spain is in our hearts, it is a second home for us!

Back in Italy for the holidays and a couple of chores, we are currently planning upcoming routes through the heart of Europe with the idea of venturing into the great north.

After a year and a half of living full-time in an RV at the moment, we wouldn’t change it for anything in the world: we can finally be together where we want to be, and travel slowly at a lower cost.

And that’s it for now: we’ll see where the road takes us in the future!๐Ÿ™‚

Ps. If you’ve come to read this far, now it’s practically already as if we really know each other!

However, if you still want to know a little more about us that is more personal, there is more below! ๐Ÿ™‚

Find out who Dani is!

dani in cappadocia

Since I am 17 years old, I have one big dream, which is to visit all the countries in the world!

In my 20’s, moved by this desire, I wandered low-cost, always trying experiences as different as possible from one another.

I have studied universities on four continents, done marketing in a hotel in Greece, worked in Bolivia building solar ovens, taught Italian culture in Taiwan, worked as a tour animator, as a gardener, as a kindergarten teacher, as a webmaster, drone photographer, traveled as a backpacker to Asia, Oceania and Latin America… and many other things!

There isn’t an experience I haven’t enjoyed, or a job I haven’t seen value in!

“What a mess!” you will say!

Eh yes…enough!

For years I jumped from one thing to another: I didn’t have a ‘clue what job I wanted to do and I didn’t have a ‘clue where I wanted to be.

My only obsession was constantly being on the road and learning something from each experience.

Looking back today, what I can say is that I have met so many fabulous people who have taught me to take care of my time, to find happiness in the little things, to share it with those around me, and to cultivate gratitude toward what I have every single day.

A great woman in Corfu, Greece, told me over dinner, “follow your dreams, before they one day chase you!”, and that is what I repeat to myself every single day (and what we also wrote on the wall of our van!).

A phrase I really believe in: dreams must be followed!

the writing inside our van

I don’t know if I will ever make it to see all the countries of the world, but what I do know is that every day I wake up thinking about taking a little step in that direction.

An unhurried step, sweating and working toward a goal, putting my all into it, but doing it only giving joy to me, to those around me, and above all without disrespecting the “time” I spend to get there.

In recent years, these little steps have led me to invest time in turning my passion for campervans and travels into a job .

The experience of writing and managing this blog has allowed me to grow my knowledge about blogging, the art of traveling, and the world of vans and RVs .

I don’t like to call myself an “expert” in these things, because I think I still have agreat deal to learn about everything as well, however, yes I have found that I do like to put my little wealth of experience to use in helping those who read the articles on this blog ๐Ÿ™‚

During this time, I had the opportunity to design over 60 electrical systems and many van layouts with you enthusiasts, which helped me to grow and understand the many facets and needs of vans and mobile homes.

Even more importantly, during this experience I had the honor of making many friendships (more than I ever hoped for, and I am grateful for that!) with you travelers and with so many hobbyists and professionals of the RV world.

To date, I am a 32-year-old man, traveling and dreaming in an orange van.

I make my living writing this blog, and taking various odd jobs along the way ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to know more about me, below are a few more fun facts!

10 Curiosities about Dani

dani contact image lost on the route


  • I have traveled to more than 60 countries on five continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America. I have never yet been to either North America or Antarctica, but I dream of visiting them someday!
  • I’m a fan of blondes (and we’re not just talking about Isa! heheh), but I also don’t disdain redheads, double-maltos, and stouts! My favorite beer is in fact Guinness, pitch black! I lived in Ireland for a year when I was 17, and there my passion for beers was born, damn Leprechauns!
  • I have two master’s degrees in business (CEMS program) one done in Finland and one in Brazil. Once I finished my studies, I realized that pursuing a career in a large multinational corporation, was not really for me, while I discovered a passion for theater!
  • I am convinced that the most precious thing we have is our time: limited, that ebbs and flows, that can neither be bought nor sold… That’s why, besides keeping away from Trenitalia (the horrible Italian train company which I deeply hate!), I like to throw myself into everything new and different. Some of the most memorable things I have done include jumping out of a plane in South Africa, traveling by train in Vietnam, and rushing downhill the death road in the Bolivian Yungas. Damn I love adrenaline!
  • I am the calmest and most patient person on earth, but there are three people who can make me angry from time to time: my mother, my sister and Isa.
  • I love learning foreign languages! I speak four of them fluently (Italian, English, Spanish, and German), and I defend myself with French, Portuguese, and even Chinese: ไฝ ๅฅฝ๏ผ
  • Scorpions, crickets, grasshoppers, ants, crocodile, zebra, llama, kangaroo, snake…in my travels I’ve tried foods of all kinds, and I’ve never found something I really don’t like…ah no, there is one thing: snails, bleaaaaah!!!
  • I am a crazy spicy-lover: California Reapers, Habaneros, Scorpions, Ghost Peppers–the spicier the better! My mouth is now used to spicy extremes, and also my whole body became used to it throughout all the ingestion-digestion-expulsion process ๐Ÿ˜‰ Once, I also won a contest in La Paz, Bolivia, for eating the world’s spiciest Vindaloo!
  • Every Friday since back in 2008, I have had a tradition of reading the last chapter of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga, my favorite manga among many (I love manga and anime!).
  • I like all kinds of music (I even DJed in night clubs for quite a while!), but my heart beats for metal music, the louder the better! I especially love power… favorite bands? Stratovarius, Insomnium, Sabaton, Avantasia, Helloween…among hundreds!
  • Bonus: my most unforgettable journey was 8, in a 7 Jeep, for three days crossing the Salar de Uyuni at 4000 meters altitude in Bolivia: it was the only time in my life that I was so sick that I went diarrhea and vomiting at the same time (I’ll let you imagine the scene! D: ). Still, the nature was worth the trip, and the trip was unforgettable in every way!

Find out who Isa is!

isa - blogger - lostontheroute

I grew up in Bisceglie, Puglia, among “slow life,” coffee , sea and lots of “culinary delicacies” that I invite you all to taste! ihih.

I must confess that between aunts, cousins and relatives I have a very large family (typical of Southern Italy ๐Ÿ˜Š), two sisters (poor dad you will say!) and two wonderful little nephews.

I grew up among messes and lots of people, and that’s exactly how I later realized that I like to live.

So many times I thought that I myself was a unique mess: I have worked as a bartender, waitress, hostess, secretary, volunteer, salesperson, entertainer, choreographer, set designer, receptionist, artisan, painter, blogger, and so much more actually!!! xD

But I admit that there has always been one certainty in my working life…I have been painting and drawing since I was 3 years old, and I have always felt like an artist…. If you ask me who I am, I tell you : an ‘artist!;D

Over the years, I have always tried to bring my art to all my boring and creative jobs, to all the “lives” I have lived and to all the people I have met on my path.

For the past 2 years, I can finally say, I am fully dedicated to what then has always been one of my biggest dreams ๐Ÿ˜Š

Besides art, traveling has been another one of these since school days!

I studied tourism and foreign languages and started traveling when I was 17, trying never to waste my time and dreaming of traveling all over this world (yes, Dani and I share the same dream on this one! haha).

I have lived in Kenya, Egypt, Greece and Spain and traveled to over 40 countries.

I love taking time for myself, my body and mind, dancing, singing, eating, laughing and dreaming, and I think work is an important part of our life, but not our life.

I hope that someday my dreams will come true, and if unfortunately they won’t, know that I will stillalways be grateful to life for all that I had the chance of doing.

To this day I am a girl traveling in an orange van, aware that the vit will take me very “far away”!!

10 Curiosities about Isa

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  • For me, the sea is Life and to be too long without seeing it or smelling its scent, my stress rises! ahahahah ๐Ÿ˜Š I would live forever between sea, heat, beach, sea, sun, beach, summer, sea, beach, heat, sand, sea, rocks and seaaaaaaeaeaea!!!
  • I have butter bones (as my mom says! ๐Ÿ˜Š) and, unfortunately for me, I always stumble. My falls are epic (hahahah) and I ended up in a cast several times of both arms and legs.
  • I did a dozen of jobs as a child and started working at only 15 years old among bars, restaurants and cafes ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I was born and raised among pans and pots, with my Dad being a cook. I practically grew up in his kitchen, and the frying pans that hit my head (because I used to sneak in everywhere and was too dwarfed to be seen) I will never forget ahaahah ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Thanks to this, however, I am an excellent cook (I love to cook!), and Dani would starve without me!
  • Besides cooking, I really love food food and, you won’t believe it, I am an “food-lover!” To convince me doing something, just know my weaknesses: sweets, Nutella, sushi, mie goreng, mcdonald, pizza, raw fish….and so much more actually ahahah (yes I know it’s my weakness! Dani uses it to his advantage whenever he wants to make up for something xD)
  • I have so many freckles and moles ..But from head to toe eh! I am a living constellation!
  • Being on the PC too much honestly wears me out and I can’t be on it for more than three hours in a row! I like working with my hands much more, getting them dirty with paint and color. Weaving, drawing and painting have always been my passion, since I was only 3 years old!
  • I love wine (although I don’t mind beer either actually! ahah) and I love to drink it at the beach…maybe accompanied by a good panzerotto, a fresh burrata or a super-filled focaccia baresa with mortadella (there goes the Apulian food lust got me again…help! ahah)
  • I studied Tourism and Foreign Languages and have been traveling since I was 17 years old๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Bonus : I am convinced that you always start over, as many times as you fall. Even when you believe it will not be possible, you can always start again. The important thing is smiles, kindness, and believing in the magic of things changing. It is our life. And it is the greatest gift we have!


Do you want to find out more about Lost On The Route?

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