Felipe & Midori

We are traveling from Yellowknife to as far south as we can, with no precise itinerary and no time frame. The goal is to enjoy our trip, not to count countries, so we may decide to stop somewhere we like and stay put for a week, a month, a year, who knows how long, which we almost did in Arizona a few months into our trip. But we got going because the road called us to get moving...

Hometown: 
Wife is from Japan. I am the mythical Wandering Jew.
When did you start your travels?: 
12/08/2016
Reason for taking this trip: 
We are running away from people, simple as that. We enjoy nature and solitude as a couple. One cannot go without the other.
Why did you decide to drive?: 
Hitch hiking was my first choice, flying was my wife's. Driving is the middle ground,
Are you also taking along pets?: 
Yes
Are you also taking along children?: 
No
What type of car are you driving?: 
We started in Yellowknfe with a Mitsu Delica, blew the engine in Calgary. Now a 2004 X-Terra
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?: 
Stock X-terra with a rooftop tent so we have more room for our cat inside the vehicle.
How did you save up or finance your trip?: 
We sold our condo and car, and gave away most of our possessions. One half of the couple works remotely part time but must travel back to the NWT every 4 months for a couple of weeks.
How long do you plan on traveling?: 
At least 5 years.
Where do you plan on driving? : 
Our first leg is from the NWT to Patagonia over 2.5 years. Then ship the vehicle to Australia or Asia and travel another 2-3 years.
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?: 
All friends and family are very supportive and excited for us. Most co-workers don't get it especially when we mention our "living arrangements" and our odd way of life.
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?: 
As a couple, we speak Japanese, Korean, French, Québécois (yup), English, and a strange mix of Spanish, Catalan and Italian.
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?: 
Arizona is at the top of our list.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?: 
Do it, but don't rush, it is not a race, and if you find a place you love, don't force yourself to go further. Stop and enjoy, at least for a while.
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