Originally from a tiny castle town, Citta’ della Pieve in Italy, Luca had always dreamed of travelling EVERYWHERE. In 2005 he eventually drove his own Ford Probe from New York City to Panama City and he never looked back! Luca became an overland driver and mechanic and during this time worked and travelled in over 100 countries across 5 continents.
In 2015 Luca was looking for a new venture and qualified as a Paramedic, with a view to combining this with his love of travel. In the last two years, Luca has gone on to lead expeditions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Chad. His dedication to all those years working on the road was recognised in 2012. Alfatti won the Wanderlust Expedition Leader of the Year Award and was awarded a bursary. Luca used this to set up a sustainable, income-generating, community project in Antigua, Guatemala. The project supports women and their children who have been victims of domestic abuse. The project continues to run to this day.
Luca has been the co-author of the Rapid Response Adventure Medicine First Aid course (RRAM). Alfatti taught the first successful course in London in April 2018, with many more courses booked all over the UK.
Luca is an HCPC registered Paramedic and currently holds a BSc (HONS) in Paramedic Practice and is working towards a Masters in Advance Practice. Luca works as a Senior Paramedic when in the UK (which is not often), operating in the North West.
In addition to this, Luca is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Wilderness Expedition Medicine Faculty Member, PHTLS instructor, Mountain Leader and Water Rescue Technician. Luca is also a HEFAT instructor. This involves delivering hostile environment training to journalists both in the UK, before deployment and in the country, during deployment.
Luca also works as a volunteer and fundraiser with Team Rubicon, a disaster response humanitarian organisation working both in the UK and overseas.
Luca’s work has featured in magazines like ‘Trek and Mountains’ and ‘Adventure Travel’. Luca’s world-first crossing of the Dash e Lut Desert, in Iran, in 2015 was featured in the National Geographic Traveller. Luca is also currently writing a publication for ‘Paramedic Insight’ narrating his experience as an expedition medic, for an unsupported winter snowshoe crossing of Spitzbergen.
Luca both leads and designs his trips, often acting as either expedition leader/medic or both. He will have recently returned from leading an expedition in the Democratic Republic of Congo.