We’ve been getting lots of new readers to this site, so I thought I’d recap our story.

It started when my husband, a lifelong vintage VW enthusiast, bought a camper van when I was on a girls’ weekend in Napa. In addition, he was doing some soul searching and realized he really wanted to spend more time with his family.

Together, we decided it was time for a new challenge – something different. By different, I mean totally different. Jason would like to drive around the world in the old Volkswagen bus – and I think he’s crazy. We’ve compromised on an open-ended journey to South America. Really – I’m cool with it – and I’m the voice of reason in this relationship.

We decided to chronicle our adventure, which includes 2 naive adults and a rambunctious 4-year-old boy named Bode.  Life in the confines of a ’71 VW camper van. This is it. 

We’ve sold most of our possessions, stored a few things, leased our house and we are on way, but haven’t gotten too far. The road is already rough and there is still work to be done on the old bus. Besides the horn, there is a growing list of “old bus problems” we are just discovering.  All part of the adventure.

Anyway, please check out our route here and send us recommendations on places to go,  pop the top (with the occasional splurge hotel),  and eat  (especially those sensitive to a kid’s food allergies) and any other tips in general.

Thanks for paying attention.  Check back often – we’ll try to keep it interesting.

would you drive around the world in this?

3 thoughts on “Recap

  • April 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Do you mind if I ask your ages while on this trip? I would love to do something like this but I wonder if my age is a limitation. I’m early fifties, my wife is mid-forties and our son is almost three. I’m a retired computer guy and my wife is a teacher so finding time isn’t a problem. But energy and general health might be. Any insights?



  • April 11, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    There is no age limit (seriously, nobody will ask or check your ID.)

    We left at 38. Bode was 4. It’s now almost 7 years later and we’re still going.

  • April 11, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    And I would add that we’ve met travelers of every age, single to families of 11. Join these facebook groups to get support as well as an idea of how other folks do it:
    PanAmerican Travelers Association
    International Overland Families
    International Overland Families

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