Reason for taking this trip:
Show Nell the States (and a few other places)
Why did you decide to drive?:
Ability to go where I want when I want
What type of car are you driving?:
Brazi registered Ford Fiesta flex - 950cc of .....
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?:
How did you save up or finance your trip?:
got lucky with some investments
How long do you plan on traveling?:
Where do you plan on driving? :
Brazil - Anchorage - Santiago
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?:
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?:
Spanish is a work in progress
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?:
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?:
Talking in Spanish to an Irish nurse round a barbie in the Australian outback
What was the worst border crossing?:
Columbia to Venezuela - just shy of 24 hours - queues, copies and opening hours + hours haggling for black market Bolivars before I crossed (official rate was around 10 Bolivars to USD - unofficial was 600 to USD late summer 2015 - did the deal at 500 - my back pack looked like I had robbed a bank - the rate now March 2017 is around 4000 to the USD). No spare parts in Venezuala so I got a service before crossing,
Nice country nice people BUT corruption is tedious. Never use your credit card (all transactions are converted at the official rate - 400 times more expensive than ´cash´);
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?:
It is a piece of cake if you avoid puddles, rain and unmade roads.
If you travel with American plates the starting point for the Multa is many times higher - White, Wealthy and American - you are Santa Claus.
The older the vehicle the more comprehensive needs to be your tool kit. (plus tow rope, fire extinguisher, 2 warning triangles, 2 Hi Vis jackets and some reflective tape all have their uses - as does gaffer tape).
The ability to flex pdf documents is an advantage..
Avoid diesel in Venezuala and Ecuador unless you have spare filters.
Your multas will be a lot lower if you have all the time in the world and a smile - so keep a flask of tea/coffee and a litre of water in the car for all your imprompu stops.. The largest multa I paid was a bottle of red - they had searched and found zip so were about to take the door panels off _ I had already shown my back up wallet with next to naff all in it so gritted my teeth and haggled .....
Get your windows tinted - do not drive at night - always use secure parking - always keep your headlights mainbeam on.
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 15:12