When Pete and I started talking seriously about getting married, I asked him to promise me only one thing; that we would spend a lot of our lives exploring the world together. Since he loved traveling as well, it was an easy promise to make.
On our first extended trip together in 2010, we backpacked through SE Asia and ended up renting a motorcycle for a portion of it. After the freedom it gave us, it was easy to decide to trade in the backpacks for our own wheels. It was also around this time that we began considering driving through the Americas.
Years after the conception of this idea and hours of planning, many overtime workweeks, and after selling our house we are now entering our 20th month on the road, and our Four Wheel Camper feels more like home than anywhere we’ve lived.
We’ve traveled a lot more slowly than we originally intended, but the countries we’ve visited have been too beautiful, the culture too interesting, the people too generous and kind, and the friendships we’ve made too incredible for us to pick up our pace.
We only budgeted for 18 months, so when we get to Panama, we’ll be returning home to work and save for South America. Then, when that’s finished, we’ll hopefully do it all over again. We’ve recently come to the realization that this doesn’t have to be a once in a lifetime adventure. It can be a lifestyle.
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