Sara Bertagnolli and Luca Sguazzini are two beautiful, amazingly adventurous Italians who have the voyager bug--bigtime. They have one of the more successful YouTube "vanlife" channels. They have traveled from Alaska and the Arctic Sea to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Argentina in an old Ford pickup truck they dubbed “Lucky LeAw” (for Leave Everything And Wander). They left Italy in 2017 with only $1700, leaving their careers behind for their starting point in Canada. All they had was a bold desire to travel from North to South America along with an unstoppable passion and their ingenuity. The fact that they are both multi-lingual doesn't hurt either. Sara speaks Italian, German, English, and Spanish. Lucas speaks Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
The quality of their videos got better and better as they traveled and are wonderful to watch.
Having experienced a bit of this type of brave voyager's attitude in my younger years--by traveling over 5000 miles on a moped bogged down with 50 pounds of camping gear throughout France and Switzerland--I was drawn into their videos from the beginning.
They subsequently had to return to Italy and leave their trusty, rusty Lucky LeAw behind in Brazil when Covid hit (with a dream to go back and complete their a round trip back up into North America). They currently live in their small mountain house in Northern Italy they call Luckyland. Being resourceful, as soon as travel was permitted, Luca outfitted his old van from his motorcycle racing days and dubbed it Luigi. Italian travel videos followed as they voyaged to the most amazing Italian locations.
Luck plays well in their lives--a common and obvious theme about their view of life itself. Luck made them find each other. Luck helped them get out of some very precarious situations during their travels. Luck and love saw them marry. Luck also brought them their new baby, Luce (in Italian, meaning Light, pronounced "Loosh-ah"). Her angelic face and smile remind me of when my son Lucas first came to our little family. Precious.
A Change in Luck...
Luck seemingly failed Sara's dear, young and strong Luca recently, who after from suffering with headaches during the last month had three major strokes this past week.
Sara's video is painful to watch...
So, right now, I am asking all of my Grand Voyage Italy followers (all 250,000 of you) to go to Leave Everything and Wander's YouTube channel and watch their videos. Subscribe to their channel. (It costs nothing). Get hooked--as we did--by binge-watching every video in chronological order. You'll be sharing Sara's and Luca's adventures and helping them financially. YouTube pays them for placing ads on their videos. The more subscriptions and the more Likes, the higher their income. Although Italian healthcare is free, they will need this boost to help them through this difficult time.
And to Luca, we would like to say:
Rimani forte ... sii coraggioso ... e ricorda, sei amato.
We are positive he has the determination and fortitude to get though this and come back to full health.
--Jerry, Lisa and Lucas Finzi