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A Legend Worth His Salt

I first visited Bolivia 25 years ago.  Back then the country was very indigenous and very poor.  But to me, it was the most fascinating country in South America, not only because of these factors, but also because it was full of once and a lifetime adventures that very few foreigners (or locals) had pursued.  […]

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A Search for Home

During our trip to Peru, we had the opportunity to develop friendships with numerous people who have moved from Lima to Cusco.  This isn’t a simple choice.  Lima is the the only place in Peru where Peruvians can make a dependable, good living.  Many of these people had visited and even lived in the US.  […]

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Pursuing Shorter Overland (or Backpacking) Adventures

In our opinion, overlanding is one of the best ways to pursue some of the best adventures in the world, including off-the-beaten-path adventures. But historically, we as a culture haven’t had the time to overland. And we recognize that many people don’t, or won’t have the time to overland during their next adventure. I thought […]

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The Adventure and Challenge of Overlanding

It’s tempting to think about extended overland expeditions as a vacation.  But overlanding isn’t really a vacation, it’s more of an adventure.  And good adventures are usually challenging. The challenge of overlanding starts with building and learning how to use an overland vehicle. These vehicles typically aren’t simple.  Learning how to fix and maintain your […]

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Having a Vision

While in Costa Rica, I spent a lot of time with two different friends who moved to Costa Rica 25 years ago when they were in their late 20s.  Having been an expat twice (although never in a third world country) I know that there are specific challenges that expats face in each country.  And from the […]

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Planning a Trip to A “Discovered” Country

The last time I visited Costa Rica was in the late 80s.  As we prepare to move onto Costa Rica, I realized that I’ve spent more time planning our one month trip to Costa Rica than I spent planning our trip to any other country including Mexico, where we spent 2 months, and Guatemala, where […]

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The Real Story of Acul, Guatemala

One of the things we love the most about getting off of the beaten path is meeting amazing people with incredible stories.  For 10 days we stayed a small indigenous village in the Ixil region of Guatemala at the end of a valley in the Sierra de Los Cuchumatanes Mountain range.  While we were there, […]

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How To Find the Right Balance Between On and Off the Beaten Path Adventures

One of the hardest things for me to do when planning an extended trip is to find the right balance between on and off the beaten path adventures.  I’m going to use the definition of on and off the beaten path that I think most overlanders use (people who are driving a rig or riding […]

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Beaches We Love

While we were on our way from the Oaxaca to Chiapas, we reminisced about the amazing beaches on the Oaxaca coast.  We love two types of beaches, beautiful deserted beaches and up and coming beach towns.  We found both types on the Oaxaca Coast.  Huge stretches of the Oaxaca Coast are largely deserted and we […]

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What Photography Gear Do You Really Need?

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