Filippo Dattola, from Bologna, Italy, decided after 10 years working in IT to take some time off.
He found himself in Canada, where he bought a 20-year-old Toyota Corolla for $400. He drove to Alaska, where he began an epic journey across the Americas, bound for Tierra del Fuego at the southern-most tip of the continent.
He has written a book en route, which he sells out of the boot of his car to fund his journey, and claims that the car has not broken down once over a distance of more than 70,000 kilometres.
The BBC's Dan Collyns caught up with him in Lima, Peru.