We are Linda and Aron from San Diego, California and we are currently traveling through Central and South America in a 1986 VW Vanagon searching for waves, sunshine, culture, and new experiences. This is something we have wanted to do for a long time but it wasn’t until December 2012 that we finally made it happen.
Aron and I met eight years ago when I was a student at San Diego State University. He was a local surfer who swept me off my feet and has taken me on adventures ever since. We spend a lot of time at the beach and go camping or backpacking whenever we have a couple of free days. We both love to travel and haven’t done nearly enough of it. Before this trip we traveled together in Costa Rica and Panama and met people who were doing amazing things- like traveling around the world for a year or spending three months backpacking through Central America. Each time we travel our eyes are opened to all the possibilities and we are inspired to travel more.
We talked about driving to Panama when I was finishing grad school, but when it came down to it we hadn’t done any planning or saved any money so it just never really happened. We continued on with our normal lives until we got really restless and then we decided to do something about it. About a year before setting off, we started talking more and more about traveling and we came across an awesome blog by a couple who is traveling around the world in a VW. It really inspired us to finally go for it and make it happen. We spent a year saving money, fixing up the van, and dreaming of all the places we would go. And now, we’re doing it and loving every minute of it.
Well, almost every minute of it… This isn’t a luxury vacation, this is an adventure. We get lost, we get dirty, we face daily challenges but we are growing, learning, and adapting all along the way. The places we see and the people we meet enrich us, inspire us, and teach us things about the world that we could never have learned while living our comfortable lives back in California.
To us, andamos de vagos means just going wandering without a care, which is what this trip is all about. Wandering, discovering, experiencing- without worrying about the exact destination.
We would like to thank our family and friends for their support, encouragement, and enthusiasm. We would also like to thank Drive Nacho Drive for being a part of the inspiration for this journey and Life Remotely for all of the awesome traveling resources they have put together.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!” – Mark Twain
“I would rather own little and see the world , than own the world and see little of it” – Alexander Sattler
“Not all those who wander are lost” – JRR Tolkien
This site is so cool. I will be looking forward to your travel adventures. Hugs from Haleiwa. My Godson Aron, and his amor Linda, vaya con Dios!
Good Luck you both, take care and enjoy your trip…we are anxious to here from you.
Lovely Greets Jan, Charlotte and kids
That’s great Linda! I’m humbled to know that we had something to do with getting you out the door. You’re going to love it (as I’m sure you’ve noticed by now). Colombia is a treasure, as are Peru and Argentina (each in its own way), so there’s always something to look forward to. If you’re back in San Diego by the time we finish our trip we’ll stop in to share a few drinks and stories 🙂
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