“One travels in order for things to happen and change, otherwise you might as well stay home” Nicolas Bouvier – The Way of the World.

This all started when we looked at moving to Central America for retirement. Instead of flying there, I thought, why not drive and check it out all the countries for a few of months?

After some internet searching for driving to/through Central America; I came across some blogs of people who had driven to Central America and beyond, way beyond as in traveling all the way to the tip of South America to Ushuaia the most southern town in the world that can be driven too. The blogs I read and followed:

  • Adventurous Spirits among others
  • Sprinter Life &
  • Song of the Road

After reading some of the experiences these folks had I was intrigued and thought I would like to have similar experiences and adventure, my only stumbling point was, would Catherine be up for it?

This type of travel has been termed Overlanding.

“Overlanding” – Overlanding is the self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, accommodated by mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping; often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.

A friend and I had booked a Contiki Tour to do travel overland by truck as part of an organized trip from London, England back in the late 70’s to Singapore with like minded people, where we would then sail or fly to Australia. Alas we had to cancel due to personnel reasons.

I talked to Catherine about driving the Pan American highway as a trip of a lifetime when we retired, after some consideration Catherine agreed.

We have now sold our 3000sq.ft. house, cars, donated or give away most of our belongings and now have a 96sq.ft. camper built to suit our needs by Overland Explorer.  http://overlandex.com/