I’m so excited to finally tell you about our big plan. Ever since I travelled through Central America with a backpack, I had this idea to, one day, travel all the way from North to South America by bus. Connecting with the locals, discovering different cultures, current and previous one’s, be mesmerized by Nature, and the huge differences between the world I’m used to and the world of other people.
When I think back, I wonder how it happened that 16 years have rushed by since I had this idea. But you know how life is, things happen, other things are more important in the moment, people, opportunities, events. The idea and the dream to do it one day never went away though. Lucky me, that Bastian is super supportive, curious and also adventurous. What a great fit!
The time has come!
The plan has slightly changed: Instead of just me, my backpack and local busses and hostels, it’s now Bastian and myself and our two younglings, a Pickup Truck and a Camping Trailer and many more things that weren’t included in the original plan like for example kite gear. It’s going to be even more fun that way and we’ll be a great travel team, I’m sure.
Our kids are still small. Mika will turn 1 when we start our tour and Juni just turned big 3. It’s going to be a challenging adventure in which we all will learn and grow. In Juni’s life was always a day care since she was 4 months old. Long term travel with the parents in a tiny trailer is a very different experience than day care life. How will she like it? Will she miss her friends? And how will we as parents change since we will have both kids around the clock every day? Will we be able to take turns with taking care of the kids and kite surfing? So many questions!
We will start our journey end of May here in Hood River, Oregon and start with discovering the State a little more. Then we’ll head North to see a bit of Canada and then South again, go to Utah, Nevada to see the night sky in the desert and make it to Baja California, Mexico in Fall. From there we’ll take the ferry to mainland Mexico, drive East to Yucatan. My favorite place on Earth! After lots and lots and lots of discovering of Yucatan including some diving, living in the jungle, meeting Mayan people, we head further South. And one day take the ferry from Panama to Columbia or so and discover the South American Continent.
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The current situation
There is much to do in the remaining weeks till we can start our trip. The house is still full of stuff even though I have sold a ton already through a local facebook group. It’s going too slow to sell everything separately since there is a picture to take, a post to the group is needed, description, price, discussions with interested folks, back and forth, potential buyers who wanted to pick up stuff but never appeared and so on. So now I’ll be doing a porch sale (like a garage or yard sale just on the porch) to hopefully be able to sell much more stuff at once.
And we still have to figure out the things we take and things we don’t take with us, take care of health insurance, find out how to squeeze everything in the car, do some remodeling in the camper and other stuff.
We’ve done a three day test camping trip to figure out what else is missing in the camper or things we actually don’t need to take. The pictures on this page are from that trip. We drove to Painted Hills, stayed at two different campgrounds and kept a list of things we thought would be handy or necessary for The Big Trip. Even modifications on our camping trailer are on the list.
What about GRüNISH and Zero Waste Bloggers Network?
If you know me personally or know me through my other blog GRüNISH or Zero Waste Bloggers Network (a non-profit organization that I founded last year), you must wonder by now what’s happening with all that? I’ll keep blogging there as well, don’t worry. My desire to become a greener, more sustainable person is still my driving force and I think a journey like the one we’re having ahead of us is a great opportunity to discover the environmental status that I’ve only read about before and also a wonderful way to inspire others along the way. And furthermore a great opportunity to spread the word about Zero Waste Lifestyle.
If you’re a Zero Waste Blogger, don’t worry about the projects we have started together. Our eBook is in the making and it will be published for sure. I will keep working for Zero Waste Bloggers Network, it might just take some more time since I’ll be a real full time mom without day care and nanny then, plus a real full time traveller and camper. I’m going to ask for help, maybe I’ll find one or two assistants for the non-profit.
Ok, my friends, I hope we keep in touch. I’ll be posting more often at Picturing the Americas. For now I leave you with this picture of the Painted Hills from our Test Tour.
The world out there is beautiful and we’re so ready to see it.