Inspired, in part, by the aftermath of the attacks of 9-11, we created a road trip exploration of our own backyard—the Americas—to better understand where we live and how we fit into the wider world with our continental neighbors, all of whom are also American (which explains the “s” after America in our name).
Initially, we said it would be three years on the road. Then 10. Now we’ve stopped guessing. All we know is that we’ve been on the road since 2006 and we’re still not done exploring the 23 mainland countries in North, Central, and South America. From the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, from Lake Tahoe to Lake Titikaka, from the Rockies to the Andes, ours is a true Pan-American journey as well as a cross-country and cross-continental working road trip (albeit slower than most).
We don’t really have an itinerary. We like to say that “plan” is a four-letter word. But we can tell you that in 2008 we wrapped up two years in the US and Canada and crossed the border into Mexico where we spent 18 months and drove nearly 25,000 miles. We spent the next three years in Central America exploring Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
In 2013, after one seriously complicated border crossing around the Darien Gap, we made it to South America where we’ll spend the coming years exploring and sharing our experiences and insights with readers on our Trans-Americas Journey travel blog and in our freelance travel stories for many of the best travel magazines and websites.
Our goal is to make the Trans-Americas Journey the ultimate independent overland road trip through the Americas, avoiding highways and focusing on the byways and back roads that take us to the people and places that make every dot on the map unique. Yes, even the dinky dots.
There’s much more to come as our Trans-Americas Journey road trip continues south all the way to Tierra del Fuego where the road literally ends. Who knows when we’ll get there, but we hope you stick around to see it with us.