Squamish, British-Colombia, Canada
Reason for taking this trip:
Take some time on my own to finish my book! So I spend a lot of time in my van driving, writing, and sleeping.
Why did you decide to drive?:
Because if not you end up only going from one touristic area to the next one and missing much of the real country and real people that are not stain by our conditioning.
What type of car are you driving?:
Toyota hiace 1990 The best of the best!
Did you make any modifications to your car for this trip?:
Yes, I work in construction so custom made all the furtiture, kitchen area and office and storage. And add the best solar system kit ever.
How did you save up or finance your trip?:
I just spend in fucntion of what I have. Now I have less, so I spend less! Life is a choice!! You work to maintain your lifestyle or you live accordingly to accomplish your destiny.
How long do you plan on traveling?:
If I cannot sell my van this year I will stay another year. Time is irrelevant for me.
Where do you plan on driving? :
At least all the way to El chalten, super south of Argentina. Which is only 500km away from Tiera del fuego. But like the majority, I don't even care if I don't put my feet on the Southest piece of land of America. For me my long time dream was to climb Pantagonia. So I'm only going down there to go Up. ; ))
What were your family’s and friends’ reactions when you told them about your trip before you left?:
That everywhere there's many place really dangerous. I told them to stop watching TV and they would not know about it!
What languages do you speak? Will you learn more on your trip?:
I was already fluent in french and english before I left and for the first time kick my ass to learn spanish and I went down. First because Ive already been to mexico 4 times and spain 2 times, but also because I realize how similar to french it is when I'm motivated enough to learn. I did not took classes, but listen to spanish lesson when driving and chatting with all the hitch hiker I pick up since I was alone most of the time.
Do you have a favorite place that you've visited?:
I spend 5-6 weeks at a friends place in Providencia, Costa Rica. Real paradise for me. Small communauty of only few hundreds, everyone grow their food, nice clean river to wash, and amazing trees and rock to climb.
What was the weirdest thing you experienced on your trip?:
Green people coming from a spaceship. I think they were American ?
What was the worst border crossing?:
Panama, colombia. I miss the ferry by a week because I did not know they shut down for low season and pass 6 days away from my van. So much paperwork, money, time wasting. And since I had to share a container with someone and was hoping to be match with someone better in spanish then myself to do this stressful part, I was match with a 71 years old american that speak literally 2 words. So I was the clueless translator. But in the end it went ok.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering driving the Americas?:
Learn Spanish as best and as soon as you can. First because you will get less scam, but mainly because it allow us to connect with locals in a much deeper way then just being a tourist with tones of money that want to only see the big highlight of their country.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 21:17