Pommefritsabroad (Zoë & Sam)

Finally plucked up the courage after years of missed opportunities (and fear) to quit the day jobs and start travelling for a year. Decided that if we were going to travel we wanted the freedom to travel where, when and how we wanted, as well as being able to avoid some of the obvious tourist destinations. So that's when we became acquainted with 'Tin Tin' our burgundy Dodge Grand Caravan sport. He's taken us all the way from Toronto Ontario our starting point to Guatemala where we are today. It's been a great adventure so far and more journeys to come with Tin Tin until we reach Argentina where unfortunately we will have to say our farewells (there may be some tears!!) After that we travel to Asia to discover all that the orient has to offer.

When did you start your travels?: 
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!
Are you also taking along pets?: 
Are you also taking along children?: 
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.