Josh Hall & Jenna Coker

We quit our jobs and sold everything to drive from D.C. to Ushuaia, Argentina.  Join us as we hike, camp, eat, drink, learn, argue, go-for-broke, and drive through Central and South America.

Hometown: 
Manassas, Virginia
When did you start your travels?: 
07/15/2015
Reason for taking this trip: 
Life is short! We wanted to be able to say yes to the opportunities that our career-based lifestyles were preventing. We're hoping to unlearn our prior fears and habits by learning from the people we meet; and reset our priorities.
Why did you decide to drive?: 
Bringing our "home" with us was really appealing. We also love the ability to get off the grid and choose our own path.
Are you also taking along pets?: 
No
Are you also taking along children?: 
No
What type of car are you driving?: 
2006 Toyota Tundra with a Four Wheel Camper (FWC)
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?: 
Lots! We've outlined the details in our blog and love our new fridge : )
How did you save up or finance your trip?: 
We cut all unnecessary spending, sold almost everything we owned and saved for a year.
How long do you plan on traveling?: 
Until the money is gone gone gone...Hopefully it lasts two years.
Where do you plan on driving? : 
Washington D.C. to Ushuaia, Argentina. After 3+ months we're finally heading south from CA towards Baja Mexico.
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?: 
Some think we're crazy and some are happy for us. It's not easy to convince people that dropping your good jobs and comfortable life to drive through Central & South America is a good idea. Hopefully our story will convince others to pursue their own "crazy" trip.
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?: 
English and some limited spanglish. We'll be taking classes in Mexico and Guatemala to learn the language and converse with locals.
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?: 
We have really enjoyed taking the back roads across the U.S. This country has a lot to offer if you get off the beaten path. Can't wait to get south of the border!
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?: 
Nothing too weird so far. Everyone we've met has been awesome...maybe that's the "weird" thing...how generous and kind most people really are.
What was the worst border crossing?: 
We've crossed zero so far : ) Soon...very soon.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?: 
Living on the road has given us a sense of freedom that we've never experienced before. Start making small decisions and choices towards your goal and suddenly you'll be living it! Seems like yesterday that our trip was a crazy conversation over a bottle of wine...
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