New blog post just posted! Lindsey answers questions like, ‘what was your fav country??’ ‘Did you pack the right things?’ ‘How has it changed you?’ . You know, mostly about feelings, less about stats. . ENJOY 🙌🏼 . . . . . . . #PanAmericanHighway #UltimateRoadTrip #OverlandingLife #ExploreLatinAmerica #SouthAmerica #instatravel #travelgram #optoutside #outsidemagazine #ontheroad #Tourtheplanet #NextTravelGoals #bucketlist #Travel #bucketlist2018 #travelblog #travelblogger #travelbloggerlife #overlanding #womenoverlandingtheworld #overlandingrig #vueltamerica

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Lindsey’s Reflections (in sound bites)

((270 days. 9 months. 15 countries. Drove down the Pan-America highway from our doorstep in Ohio to the southern most tip of Patagonia. ))

Lindsey’s Reflections 

((in sound bites))


  • My favorite country for food: Mexico. Like, wow.
  • My favorite country for the people: Colombia. That country is painted with brighter colors I swear.
  • My favorite country for its beauty: Patagonia. Technically, it’s not a country because you have to jump back and forth between Chile and Argentina to see it all, but this part of the world is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before: white capped mountains, bright blue lakes, wild animals running free, more trails than roads… basically where all nature freaks die and go to heaven.


  • I read more books than I thought I would; journaled less than I thought I would.
  • I weigh exactly the same when I left for the trip to now. Before I left, I was exercising regularly and during the trip, we were penny-pinching so I ate & drank less 😉
  • That in Latin America, the things that SHOULD be cheap, were cheap: like fresh fruit, quinoa, and coconut oil. And the things that were expensive, should be expensive: like gasoline, packaged foods, and clothes.
  • Something you can’t tell from just a photo is how we got there. There were certain views that were very touristy, surrounded by people with their phones. But there were other views that took a full day of hiking to arrive. When I look back at the photos, the image of beautiful scenery that took blood/sweat/tears to arrive are the moments I appreciate most.


  • I never got sick. Not even once. A little dirt in your life keeps a good digestive system alive.
  • I went around 4-5 days without showering. But we took advantage of every body of water around us. If there was a lake nearby, grab the soap.
  • I discovered that pooping in the wilderness is a lot more peaceful and cleaner than many city toilets.
  • The cold was the hardest physical feeling. When camping in Patagonia, I wore 2 base layers, 2 socks, 2 pants, 3 sweaters, my buff, gloves, hat, and winter coat then climbed into my sleeping back with all of those layers still on. A bit dramatic, I know, but I slept snug as a bug.
  • The other hard part was showering in so many different types of showers. You bring your plastic trash bag of clothes and shower toiletries in the shower with you. Sometimes there was no place to put your clothes, so you are balancing your dry clothes in one hand and rinsing the shampoo out of your hair with another hand. Muti-tasking skills at its finest.


  • I often felt happy, curious, alive, adventurous, and healthy. I lacked a sense of purpose and missed the rewarding feeling of working hard and contributing to a community or society. 
  • I loved feeling light and clutter free. In the next stage of life, I hope to stay light, minimalist and clean. 
  • I did less work on myself, less ‘self-discovery’ and accomplished more external work, relationship and ’team-work’ with Jose. (9 months in a car together? you bet we did ‘relationship work’)
  • Since I didn’t have my girl friends and happy hours, I became more introverted and found that fulfillment in nature, music, and learning new things.
  • I felt absolutely amazed at this world’s beauty and very sad about the amount of trash we’ve dumped on it.
  • Dealing with Latin American’s chauvinist culture was hard. There were many days in the mechanic where I would look a man straight in the face and he would always look at Jose when responding to my questions. I also got grabbed a couple times. Nothing too crazy, but still such an awful feeling.


  • I brought 4 packing cubes of clothes, and it was too much. Turns out the wilderness doesn’t mind when you wear the same thing every day.
  • I only straightened my hair a handful of times, embraced the curls and braid.
  • If you aren’t picky about brands, you can find nearly anything in latin america. I used very minimal toiletries: a bar of soap, left conditioner in my hair, and bug spray as perfume.


  • Even with the purchase of that expensive new engine on our first week, we actually spent less than budgeted. We made choices all day, every day to stick to our budget. It was difficult at times, but it mostly felt freeing to stick to the basics, find local hole in the wall restaurants, and camp a lot.
  • We tracked every penny… and I mean every penny. Jose is working on a full spreadsheet with all the details of our expenses, and it’s so interesting. We spent a lot less on food than expected and a lot more on car expenses. Details to come!


  • I’ve learned to live with less… less money, less stuff, less clutter, less words, less worries. And I’ve discovered more… more time in nature, more peace, more books, more insight, more hiking, more bonfires, and more days without showering;)
  • I don’t think I could ever open my cabinet and think, “We don’t have any food”. I could find probably 20 meals in an ‘empty’ cabinet.
  • We were surrounded by the most beautiful scenery, but saw so much trash. I hope I will continue to care for the earth and teach the next generation to care as well.
  • This journey took over 2 yrs of planning, saving, dreaming, selling our belongings, and uprooting our lives. Then, 9 months of driving to reach the southern most tip, our ultimate goal. I was born in the ‘give it to me now‘ generation, and this journey taught me that is well worth it to put in the work and the time to make big things happen.
  • But we are YET to find out how it has changed us…


  • I would go on this adventure again in a HEARTbeat. I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed this type of travel as well. When you fly, sometimes you can get stuck in the hostel and sign up for over priced tours, but overloading is a cheaper, more adventurous way to see things on your own and on a flexible schedule.
  • I would’ve extended the trip to at least a full year. In 9 months, we had to stick to a “keep moving” schedule in order to get to Patagonia before winter hit, If we had left a few months earlier, that would have given us a bit more of a relaxed schedule.


  • I hope I can maintain a minimalist lifestyle. I can’t stress enough how free, light, and good it feels to live with less stuff. It’s still hard though. I came home to a huge closet, and I want to keep it all! But I know it feels better when I simplify life. I don’t even wear that shirt anymore.
  • I want to be more aware of people who are ‘displaced’ from their normal habitat. It feels so awkward in a foreign country, even when you speak the language. I want to keep my eyes peeled and do small gestures to make others feel comfortable in a new place.
  • I hope to cook more, reduce waste, and do my part to take care of this beautiful earth.
  • I want to find friends/community who want to live like this. And find friends to camp with! (Hit me UP)
  • I hope to slow life down. Chew slower. Spend more time outside. Less screen time. Work hard. Be passionate. Be grateful. Just kinda live like an old lady 😉
  • I’m ready to lean in with the next chapter of my life: professional growth, grad school, hopefully have babies, and be the best I can be in the next stage. But tonight, I’m reflecting, letting it sink in, appreciating it, capturing it. It was a fantastic ride. 


Reunited! Vuelta made it safely on a ship from Buenos Aires, Arg to Jacksonville, FL. and it was a smooth transaction at the port. She looks so different without the Patagonia dust covering it 😲 . Jose took Vuelta to the mechanic for a check up before our drive to Ohio where we had an ignition coil replaced. . We got to visit our fabulous friend Wilmari and stay with her at her new place in Orlando. . And now, the 900 mile road-trip up to Cincinnati! 🎉✌🏽 . . . . . . #PanAmericanHighway #UltimateRoadTrip #OverlandingLife #ExploreLatinAmerica #SouthAmerica #instatravel #travelgram #optoutside #outsidemagazine #ontheroad #Toyota #Tourtheplanet #NextTravelGoals #bucketlist #Travel #bucketlist2018 #travelblog #overlanding #overlandingrig #vueltamerica

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Día 270 of 270 🏁 🌎Vueltamerica Recap in numbers: . 270 Days 📆 24,619 Miles driven 🚐💨 1,450 Gallons of Fuel 🛢 148 Camping nights 🏕 15 Countries visited 🌎 22 Border Crossings 🛂 39.3 Highest Latitude (degrees north) Fairfield, OH, USA -54.9 Lowest Latitude (degrees south) Ushuaia, Argentina 15,878 Highest Altitude driven (ft) 14 Mechanic Visits 🛠 3 Flat tires ❗️ 5 Oil Changes🛢 1 Blown Engine ‼️ 1 Busted 4×4 ❗️ 3 Busted french presses ☕️ 1 Bribe 1 Pickpocket incident 👥 1 Rebel roadblock ⛔️ 0 Break-ins 0 Muggings/kidnaps/setting car on fire, etc Undisclosed Days without shower 1 Engagement ring 💍 2 Years planning it 20 Years dreaming it Many Friends along the way Lifetime worth of memories 0 Regrets ✌🏽 . . . . . #PanAmericanHighway #Adventureofalifetime #Travelblog #homeiswhereyouparkit #overland #adventure #adventurerig #instatravel #travelgram #Overlandinglife #Vanlife #outsidemagazine #ontheroad #Tourtheplanet #NextTravelGoals #bucketlist #overlanding #travelgram2018 #vueltamerica

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Livin life on the edge. 👀 . . Hiked up the highest peak in the south west side of the island, on a hidden trail @io24008 knew about: Cerro Rodadero. From the top, we had the most amazing view of the southern side of the island, reaching out to the sea. . . Q siga la aventura// And the adventures continue 🙌🏼 🇵🇷 . . . . . . #PuertoRico #picorodadero #Wepa #isladelencanto #instatravel #travelgram #outsidemagazine #ontheroad #Tourtheplanet #NextTravelGoals #bucketlist #overlandinglife #hikingadventures #vueltamerica

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Wepa!!! 🇵🇷 Officially arrived to Puerto Rico and greeted by familia with delicious comida típica and two certificates for a couples spa day for the travelers emerging from the desert and jungle. Jose’s mom could bare the thought of 9 months of camping in the wilderness. We needed a thorough scrub. Jacuzzi, sauna, massages, facial, mani, pedi, and champagne. La mejor bienvenida 🙌🏼 . . . . . . . . #PuertoRico #Wepa #bestgiftever #finallyclean #laislaencantada #instatravel #travelgram #outsidemagazine #ontheroad #Tourtheplanet #NextTravelGoals #bucketlist #couplesgoals #travelblog #overlandinglife #panamericanhighway #vueltamerica

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Don’t cry for me Argentinaaaaa 🇦🇷 . (Lindsey here) Like most challenges, there’s a physical journey and there’s an internal, personal journey. I had imagined that I would be writing a lot in my journal, digging deep into my past, and discovering my future… straight up, “Reese Witherspoon in ‘Wild’” style. But more than a personal discovery, on this journey, I’ve learned to work in a team. Instead of independent heads, on this trip, we’ve developed roles and truly rely on each other for everything. “Teamwork” is a great buzzword, but it’s actually a lot of hard work. You need to trust your partner, show up to do your part, and keep the goal very clear. . Throughout, José has been fantastic at planning, travel bureaucracy, tracking finances, letting me buy bottles of Malbec, and overall making this trip possible. I’m absolutely in love with this man and so grateful to have him on my team. . Argentina was been good to us: Patagonia was magical and we got engaged in Ushuaia. Flying to Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 and saying ciao to South America👋🏽 . Ciao bella ciao bella ciao ciao ciao 😘 . . . . . . . #BuenosAires #ParisofSouthAmerica #vivabaires #palaciobarolo #buenosairesphoto #Argentina #TravelArgentina #ExploreLatinAmerica #SouthAmerica #instatravel #travelgram #outsidemagazine #ontheroad #Tourtheplanet #NextTravelGoals #bucketlist #couplesgoals #relationshiprealtalk #travelblog #overlandinglife #panamericanhighway #vueltamerica

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Buenos Aires: “The Paris of South America” Caught this view of the Obelisco from Plaza de Mayo right at sunset. In love with this city😍 . . . . . . . #PlazadeMayo #BuenosAires #ParisofSouthAmerica #vivabaires #buenosairescuidad #buenosairesphoto #Argentina #TravelArgentina #ExploreLatinAmerica #SouthAmerica #instatravel #travelgram #optoutside #outsidemagazine #ontheroad #Tourtheplanet #NextTravelGoals #bucketlist #bucketlist2018 #travelblog #overlandinglife #panamericanhighway #vueltamerica

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Caminito (little path) in La Boca, Buenos Aires, is covered in color, representing the typical colorful painted houses where European immigrants lived and where Buenos Aires eclectic culture was born. . A large number of Italian immigrants came to Buenos Aires which is why they love pasta, call cerveza “birra”, and have that fabulous Italian twist in their Spanish. . Immigrants used left over paint from the boats that they found at the port to brighten up the neighborhood. . There was music playing, vendors selling, and tango in the streets. 💃🏽 . . . . . . . #Boca #elCaminito #BuenosAires #ParisofSouthAmerica #vivabaires #buenosairescuidad #buenosairesphoto #Argentina #TravelArgentina #ExploreLatinAmerica #SouthAmerica #instatravel #travelgram #optoutside #outsidemagazine #ontheroad #Tourtheplanet #NextTravelGoals #bucketlist #bucketlist2018 #travelblog #overlandinglife #panamericanhighway #vueltamerica

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