Italian-born Marina Piro, in her mid-twenties, has lived in the United Kingdom for five years before moving out of her comfort zone. However, she cannot be bracketed as a solo backpacker since she travels with her best companion — her dog, Odie.
Marina transformed a van into her new home as not many places are dog-friendly and, of course, she didn’t want to leave Odie behind. The Labradoodle is a rescue dog and as Piro puts it on her blog, she never had the desire to have a canine friend, but with Odie, it was “love at first bark!”
To live her dream, she bought a five-door 2001 Renault Kangoo, which she turned into a miniature home all by herself for £500. And it’s almost equipped with almost everything that one could think of — from a kitchen to beds and even electricity. Piro says she took up this challenge as a learning opportunity to try things first hand. From her travel anecdotes to rising up to the challenge of transforming the van, Piro spells out how to achieve it on her blog Panthevam, and it’s nothing short of inspiring.[/vc_column_text]
Cannot believe Odie agreed in being my navigator during this little packrafting Adventure. Yes the water is very shallow there but i promise we did conquered some (tiny) rapids. And yes there are three horses on on the background. . #letsgoeverywhere #smalladventures #packrafting #adventuredog #outsideisfree #brenta #italy #pamthevan
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In the past 11 months, the adorable duo visited lakes in France, hiked mountains and went canoeing in Italy, and enjoyed the seaside in Brighton.
This article was originally published on The Indian Express