We Will Be Free chronicles the challenges faced by the Bell family as they extract themselves from the “real” world and set off to explore Africa and circumnavigate the South American continent in a Land Rover. Written with passion and from the heart, We Will Be Free is more than just another travel book, it is a modern manifesto, a declaration of independence and self sufficiency.
In 2010, the Bell family, Graeme, Luisa, Keelan and Jessica, set off in their Land Rover on an African adventure which would ultimately afflict them with the overlanding addiction. After touring Southern and East Africa for six months they returned to South Africa, to normal life and the corporate grind . Only touring in their trusty Landy, Mafuta, could still their trembling hands and sate their insatiable hunger. The decision was made to live an alternative travel lifestyle, a decision which would take them and Mafuta to South America where, through a combination of good luck and bad decisions, they circumnavigated the continent for over two years before setting their sights on North America. This is their story, the hard days, the laughter, the breakdowns, the life lessons and the love for each other and the road less travelled. The author, Graeme was born in Johannesburg but loves Durban and Cape Town. As a self-educated adult, he sites his primary cultural influences as Johnny Rotten, Jim Morrison, Jello Biafra, Christopher Hitchens, Louis L’Amour, Fight Club, Martin Amis, and The King James Bible. In his spare time, he watches “girl’s street fight” onYouTube or drinks beer while staring at his Land Rover, if there is no Wi-Fi.
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