Though we’ve been traveling full-time for almost nine years, we’ve been on YouTube for less than two years. It wasn’t until early 2021 that we freed up enough time to commit to YouTube. And let me tell you, YouTube is a commitment.
Though it isn’t always easy to share our family’s travel life on video, we are glad we’ve captured these memories. And we know our community loves seeing our overland travels this way, too. Out of the 31 videos we published on YouTube in 2022, here are the 10 most-watched that caught your interest and sparked your imagination.
10/ Border crossing into Honduras
As the second-poorest nation in Central America, Honduras gets a bad rap. Because of its reputation, many people in our community are curious about what it’s like to cross the land border into Honduras. We share the step-by-step process in this video. What you see may surprise you.
9/ Fixing suspension issues in Costa Rica
Our Jeep Gladiator took a beating going over the roads of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras (El Salvador actually has excellent roads). When we arrived in the San Jose, Costa Rica area, we found a reputable shop to take a look at our suspension and replace our awning that was damaged by the tornado tailwind (see #8 below).
Fun fact: this is the only YouTube video on our channel that wasn’t edited by Eric. We were experimenting with hiring an outside editor. But it didn’t take.
8/ Tornado in Honduras
What was a sunny afternoon in Honduras suddenly turned into a freak storm that took out our awning. Because of the seriousness of the situation, we didn’t take the camera out right away. But we were still able to capture what we went through.
We’re thankful our family stayed safe and our home didn’t sustain more damage than it did.
7/ Freestyle rap in Cartagena
Over the past several months, Eric has started experimenting with YouTube shorts. They’re a great way to share our experiences that don’t make it into long-form video. This was our most popular short of the year, extremely talented freestyle rappers on the streets of Cartagena, Colombia.
6/ Beach town of El Cuyo on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula
In this fun video, Eric takes a walking tour of a sleepy Mexican beach town called El Cuyo. It’s an authentic look at what the small havens of the Yucatan peninsula look like–the ones that haven’t been overrun by foreign tourists yet.
5/ The magical town of Pátzcuaro, Mexico
Out of the nine countries we’ve driven through since leaving the United States, Mexico remains our favorite. Pátzcuaro is an excellent example of the magical towns that can be found in Mexico’s interior. If you need some travel inspiration for 2023, then this is a great place to start.
4/ Stuck in Nicaragua
Along with the tornado in Honduras, this experience ranks at the top of 2022’s disasters. But unlike the tornado, I took out the camera right away and stuck it in Eric’s face, right in the middle of our trouble. Over two and a half hours, we persisted through a really bad situation. This is what international overlanding actually looks like.
3/ Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua is 100% one of the most charming towns in all of Central America. We had the privilege of being there during Semana Santa, the Roman Catholic Holy Week leading up to Easter. Maybe don’t watch this one if you don’t want to buy a plane ticket to Antigua in 2023.
2/ Is El Salvador too dangerous?
We are passionate about sharing the truth regarding travel through Latin America. There are many myths and fears that circulate, and the media promulgates them for the sake of ratings. In this video, you’ll see our overland travels through El Salvador with our five-year-old. How does reality compare to what you imagined in your mind?
1/ Walk-around tour of our Jeep Gladiator
This detailed walk-around tour of our Jeep Gladiator is our most-watched video of 2022! We take you step by step around the outside of the Jeep with all its modifications, and then we show you the inside of our habitat. Along the way, we share the philosophy behind our build and why it’s designed this way. We also share what’s NOT on our rig, and why. For anyone designing an overland vehicle, this is a must-watch.
Thank you for watching
YouTube is exhausting work and the pay is pennies per hour. We do it for our son, so Caspian can look back on his early travels. And we do it for you, to inspire, empower, and encourage your adventures. We’re grateful to all of you who have subscribed and left comments. We love answering your questions and hope to hear from you even more in 2023 as we overland through South America.