Like everyone else, 2020 has been a glimmer of the original vision we had. Even so, we’re grateful for our health and the health of our loved ones. We’re thankful we had a haven to shelter in place for six months, and for the unexpected time we had with family there.
Full-time travel teaches you to hold your plans loosely, but 2020 has really driven that lesson home. We know anything can happen during the rest of this year and in 2021, but we’re still taking concrete steps as though everything will fall into place.
Times Are A-changin’ in 2021
We expect 2021 to be a big year of change for us. Here’s what you should expect:
- Winter: order our international overlanding vehicle from the factory.
- Spring: sell our 25-foot RV, the beloved other half of our traveling caravan that we’ve owned since early 2019.
- Summer: take receipt of new vehicle and build it out in Denver, possibly Tucson and/or Albuquerque, and Austin.
- Summer: store Guardian, our 2016 Jeep Wrangler build, in Denver. This will enable us to have a home on wheels whenever we fly back to the states.
- Summer: cross into interior Mexico and live there for the remainder of 2021.
Plans for Six Months in Mexico
We fell in love with interior Mexico when we overlanded 2,000 miles there in 2019. With our six-month visa in 2021, we envision spending two months each in three different cities, potentially San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato, and Puebla.
While we may have some weekend adventures, our focus in Mexico will be specific: to plan our next couple of years through Central and South America. We want to research routes and paperwork requirements, and make contact with overlanders/friends in each country. I’d also love for both Caspian and me to go to language school (Spanish is Eric’s first language).
What’s After Mexico?
When we cross the border from Texas to Mexico, we’ll have begun our new life as international overlanders. Our intention is to drive to the southern tip of South America, ship our vehicle to Africa and drive the length of that continent, and then overland through Europe and Asia. At that point, we’ll likely fly to Australia and buy/rent an overlanding kit for that continent.
We plan to spend 10 to 15 years traveling the world. Caspian will be four years old when we go back to Mexico, and a new five when we head into Central America. He could be 15 or older by the time we’ve finished in Australia, but he’ll have a say in all our plans as he gets older and begins to have his own vision for life.
And What’s the New Vehicle?
The new vehicle! Ever since we started planning for international overlanding in 2018, we’ve gone back and forth and sideways when it comes to the perfect vehicle. There are going to be pros and cons for every choice, so we’ve decided what we’re going with for better or worse. Sometimes there’s nothing for it but to leap.
We’re not quite ready to announce, but we will soon!
Any Other Surprises?
Just one more surprise for now. We began full-time travel in 2014 with our RV Wanderlust blog, and then Jeepsies came along when we started off-roading (eventually Jeepsies became our overlanding brand, as well).
We keep pigeon-holing ourselves, creating the need to start a brand every time we hatch a crazy idea. We’re done with that, so we’re working on a new project we can stick with for the rest of our lives, whether we’re traveling Europe by train or taking a 1953 Bel Air across Route 66.
We’re aiming for a November 2020 launch, if all goes well. We’ll keep you in the loop.
Thanks for being part of our community as we push the limits of our comfort zone. We really couldn’t do it without your support.
Until next time, keep it dirty and wheels side down.
~ Eric, Brittany, and #LittleNomad