Reason for taking this trip:
To live the adventure
"Jobs fill your pockets. Adventures fill your soul"
Why did you decide to drive?:
Flexibility and freedom. Also we hate coaches and have a general dislike for waiting around for public transport!
What type of car are you driving?:
Dodge Grand Caravan sport
How did you save up or finance your trip?:
Lots of packed lunches, being the boring one that says no to nights out with friends
Where do you plan on driving? :
North, Central and South America and Asia (China, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand) and possibly Russia if we have enough money by the end of it
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?:
Try and buy a SIM card and data plan (usually need one for each country) so that you have a connection to the 'outside' world and access to data for GPS. We have been heavily reliant on wifi connections at hotels and restaurants but have been caught short in countries like Guatemala where you can be travelling for hours without coming across big towns and even then there are many towns where you can't even get wifi.
Read liferemotely.com PDFs which have given us some invaluable information on travelling in Mexico and Central America.
Learn the basics of Spanish, even if it's just common phrases that you're most likely to use. For example "Where is the nearest petrol station?" We naively came to Spanish speaking countries expecting to get by with no Spanish. We quickly learnt that a little Spanish can save you a lot of time, hassle and doesn't hurt in making you more warmly received by the locals.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 19:33