During the past seven years, our little road trip has thoroughly explored 12 countries in North, Central and South America including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador. We’ve published hundreds of posts on our travel blog and dished out thousands and thousands of travel tips and we’ll keep doing it through the remaining 11 countries in South America all the way to Tierra del Fuego. But now we could use some tips from you and we have two easy ways for you to do that.
Your tips needed
So far we’ve managed to stay on the road for more than twice as long as we’d budgeted for by being frugal (that’s a fancy word for cheap) and creative. But that’s only going to take us so far. If you love what we’re doing, if we’re your go-to distraction at work, if you’re living vicariously through us, if we’ve inspired your own travels, if you want to be part of every mile of our Journey please consider supporting our Trans-Americas Journey and there are now two ways to do that.
Tip Jar lump sum support
You can contribute a one-time lump-sum donation to our Tip Jar by using the donate button below. Or you can send your support to us directly from your PayPal account to ours at contact (at) trans-americas (dot) com.
Or, better yet, become an ongoing patron
We recently signed up with a new website and service called Patreon. Unlike Kickstarter, which asks for lump sums that are used toward overall projects, Patreon lets you choose an ongoing level of support (from as little as 25 cents) to be put toward a specific creation. In our case, individual travel blog posts.
You pick the support level (starting at just a quarter per post) and each month Patreon automatically bills you for the content we’ve produced during the previous month. For example, we generally publish 5-7 posts per month. If you and your big heart choose to support us at the US$1 per post level you can expect to be automatically charged for US$5 to US$7 a month from Patreon. That might not sound like much (two lattes, for example), but we can produce a lot of good stuff with that extra support.
Becoming a patron
If you like the words and pictures on our Trans-Americas Journey travel blog please check out our brand new Patreon Creator page. Just click the “Become a Patron” button on the upper left hand side to see how fast, easy, customizable and secure it is to become a patron of the Trans-Americas Journey.
Your Patreon support of our travel blog will help us stay on the road and continue to produce professional digital travel content about independent adventures in the Americas and meet other stated goals including everything from resuming our carbon offset program to getting our website and travel blog professionally re-designed.
Did we mention our sweet incentives including custom prints of Eric’s photos and totally free personalized travel advice for our most generous patrons and access to exclusive patrons-only content?
We are committed to keeping our website and travel blog ad-free. If you like what we’re doing and can give us some Tip Jar or Patreon support of any kind we promise to use it to keep saying no to the pop-ups, banners and links and keep saying yes to digital travel content that doesn’t suck.
Here’s proof of your support at work
Back in March of 2013 we asked for your help to cover the cost of shipping our truck around the roadless Darien Gap jungle between Panama and Colombia which is a 60 mile (96 km) break in the Pan American Highway. Friends, fans and followers of our Trans-Americas Journey responded, stuffing nearly US$800 into our Tip Jar which covered more than half of the final cost of shipping our truck from Panama to Colombia. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
In June we arrived in Colombia, our gateway to South America and we couldn’t have done it without you! It took us nearly 6.5 years to cover North America and Central America and with your support (either through a one-time contribution to our Tip Jar or by giving ongoing post-by-post support through Patreon) we anticipate many, many more years of exploring and reporting about overland independent travel in South America.