Determined to realize the dream of traveling the world, Brazilian photographer Camila Caggiano turned her Fiat Fiorino into a motorhome
December 11, 2019 - "The world is a book, and those who don’t travel always read the same page". This is how the philosopher and theologian St. Augustine defined the human need to cross borders. Moved by this restlessness, São Paulo photographer and writer Camila Caggiano began her journey around the globe in 2017, traveling 15,000 km from São Paulo (SP), brazil, to Ushuaia, Argentina. But what makes her experience somewhat peculiar is the way she decided to see the world: her journey took place aboard a Fiat Fiorino that she turned into a motorhome.
Since adolescence, Camila longed for an activity that would allow her to combine her taste for sports and the desire to visit new places. Upon beginning her professional career, she became a photographer for surfing championships. Over the years, new job proposals moved her away from the outdoors and into the studios. "Slowly, I realized that my desire for money had replaced the search for what really matters: the realization of our dreams", she reflects.
At just over 40, Camila was in great physical shape and her dream of traveling was more alive than ever. "I was determined to see the world. But how should I do it? I started to analyze it and concluded that the biggest expenses were with accommodations. Then I got an idea: if I have a car that serves as a home, I won’t have to spend on lodging". During her research for the ideal car, Camila looked for a vehicle that gave her comfort, but that was also reliable on long road trips, often precarious.
Safira and I
The Fiorino had all the qualities the photographer was looking for, but the purchase of the vehicle was just the beginning. Turning the car into a house on wheels is a long process full of details. In all, it took five months of work before Camila could adapt the utility vehicle into a motorhome. "I acquired a lot of experience with electrical equipment while working in film production. The car didn’t go through a major structural change. I installed a second battery, pulled out a partition separating the cabin from the cargo area and I installed a countertop, cabinets and a 1.30 m wide sofa bed. I discovered in Fiorino a compartment just above the cabin that became my closet" says Camila. In all, she invested R$ 15,000 in the transformation of the vehicle.
Camila refers to her Fiat Fiorino as a she, not because she is a van (furgoneta, which is feminine in Portuguese), but because it has a name: Safira. She says the inspiration came from a fantasy movie called Eragon. In it, a young farmer establishes a relationship of trust and companionship with a large female dragon named Saphira. Together, they face many adventures. "I created a connection with my car similar to that of the fictional characters. On long trips she is my only companion", she reveals.