Peregrine Adventures blog November 20, 2011
Our Trans-Americas Journey
Our friend, travel blogger Brendan van Son has interviewed Karen and Eric from the Trans-Americas Journey blog. Find out why they love El Salvador so much, what a cow's udder tastes like and how they came to live and work on the road:
Tell us a little bit about yourselves. Who are you? Where are you from?
Tell us a bit about your journey. You're driving across the Americas?
In December 2008 we wrapped up in the US and Canada and crossed the border into Mexico where we spent 18 months driving nearly 25,000 miles through all but three of the Mexican states. We then spent nearly three months in Belize, more than four months in Guatemala and nearly three months in Honduras before entering El Salvador where we are right now.
The coming years will be spent exploring, photographing, writing and driving our way through the rest of Central and South America until we literally run out of road in Tierra del Feugo.
I'm going to put you on the spot. What is the favourite place you've visited?
Having explored nearly all of Central America what is one off the beaten track destination that should be popular but isn't?
For our money, it’s got more natural attractions to offer (beaches, volcanoes, cloud forest, coffee fincas, surfing) than Honduras and the food is better. Plus you can’t beat the hospitality of the people which is reminding us of the kind of welcome and assistance and general generosity we got when we were in Mexico.
El Salvador is also tiny so it’s remarkably easy to get from tip to tail in no time especially since El Salvador has the best roads in Central America. We’ve even been able to use the cruise control on our truck without fear of being gobbled up by a pot hole/crater or bounced to smithereens over a hidden speed bump.
What do you do to stay sane on the road?
This means we have to take it slow and most travel insanity is caused by biting off more than you can chew. Nothing worse that the traveller who wants to “do India” in two weeks.
What is the strangest food you've eaten?
If I closed all the world's borders (and believe me, I have that power), which country (other than home) would you travel in for the rest of your lives?
What is one non-travel related item that all travellers should pack?
What has spending so much time on the road taught you about human kind?
This is your time to brag. Where are you now and where are you heading?