Helpful Info & Pan-Am Prep

CAMPSITE LISTINGS
Looking for places to stay in Central or South America?  Here are some places to stay OR avoid.  For the best resource available, check out iOverlander and download the app.  Huge applause to our traveling friends who collaborated to create this incredible app.

BORDER CROSSINGS & VEHICLE SHIPPING
The nitty gritty logistics for those "fun moments" during the journey. Read more...

FUNDING OUR JOURNEY
We didn't win the lottery and we aren't trust fund babies.  We funded our PanAmerican journey entirely out of our own hard work.  Even with modest salaries as a nurse and a firefighter, we were able to save up enough money over 2+ years of careful budgeting and sacrifice.  Read more...

LEARNING SPANISH
It's very important to be able to communicate in spanish BEFORE heading south.  Everything else will fall into place if you can speak the language.  Read more...

ELIMINATING JUNK
We looked at everything we had acquired over the years as either replaceable or sentimental. The replaceable items were sold or donated.  The sentimental or irreplaceable items were put into storage with family, and we hope to eliminate some more when we go back through it all.

LIVE SIMPLY
While preparing for our journey, we moved into a warehouse and found several roommates.  This drastically cut our monthly expenses.  We stopped going out, eating out, and our weekly movie habit.  Once we made these sacrifices the savings quickly piled up.

VACCINATIONS
We went to a travel clinic in Austin and let them poke us with a thousand needles until we had all the necessary immunizations. Read more...

DOING HOMEWORK
When researching for a big Round-The-World trip or Pan-Am journey, it's not a bad idea to do your homework.  Click here for a list of helpful websites, forums, and other resources that made it easier when planning our Pan-Am adventure.  

ATTEND OVERLAND EXPO
If you are serious about traveling overland and not sure where to start, I highly encourage you to attend Overland Expo.  It's an incredible event that takes place twice every year where you will meet hordes of experience travelers with great advice.  Don't be discouraged by some of the overbuilt vehicles and expensive doodads, all you truly need is a passport and a backpack to see the world!  Read about our first experience at Overland Expo.  Expo West is during the Spring-time Flagstaff, AZ and there is now Expo East which takes place during the Fall in Asheville, NC.  There's a good chance you'll see us at Expo East if you come to Asheville so be sure to say hello!