Resources and Information

HOMESTEAD/FARM:

Mother Earth News:

I signed up for their e-newsletter (free), but they also offer tons of books and live courses on anything from bee-keeping to vegetable gardening. Their archives are a wealth of information, and also link to other sources.

Your Local Building Code/Zoning information:

One of the most valuable things I’ve found are the public documents available on zoning, local building permits, and well locations ( gives depth, when drilled, water pressure, etc.). When you’re starting from scratch (like, literally, this is a dirt/tree covered lot) all of these things will need to be researched. Every municipality has different resources available, and most of it is online now.

Your Neighbors:

When you can’t get answers (or don’t get the answers you want) you have a wealth of history and knowledge in your neighbors! Sometimes there are little work-arounds (*wink-wink*) you can do that will save you time and money and hassle. They’ll also give you some weather history that the national weather service just can’t.

OVERLANDING:

Drive The Americas

We have a roadtripper profile on here, so it makes us feel kinda famous, but the best part about this website is it is updated frequently with more and more information by current/past/future travelers to the region.

On The Road In Mexico

A good resource for RV parks and travel information. The information is sometimes outdated, but otherwise it’s a good resource.

Life Remotely

A little outdated but probably still useful. Also, there’s an ebook Don’t Go There, It’s Not Safe, You’ll Die available. BRIMMING with useful information.  The book was free when I got it on Kindle, but now it’s listed at $5.85 (at the time I purchased it)- still worth it if you ask me.

Cascadia Vehicle Tents

Our home away from home. It’s like an instant tree house (but on your car). Since we got back we have met Bobby and his family, saw the old store in Bend, and he is adding all sorts of new and cool stuff all the time. We have since sold our CVT and “upgraded” to the Gopher Tortoise, but we still totally recommend these products. They hold up well in crazy conditions, and they hold their value. I think we sold ours for about 70% of what we paid for it after a year of use.

Other Blogs:

Neli’s Big Adventure

I seriously don’t know what we would do without Victoria, Jason and Neli paving the way for us. Victoria’s posts are very detailed, and this is especially important when traveling with pets.

Desk To Glory

The first “Pan-American” Travelers we met on the trip were Richard and Ashley. They happened to be in Puerto Vallarta while we were staying in Bucerias and invited us to share in some holiday cheer. They’re off doing other crazy adventurous things now, and you can check that out on their blog.

Song of the Road

We got to meet Erica back in Puerto Vallarta for Christmas. Erica still travels around in her rig all over the west, remote camping.

Other Info:

Craigslist is still useful in Mexico and Central America – especially for lodging, or if you want to sell something. There are some postings in English, but if you can read basic Spanish you can still find something if you need it.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Hi there, amazing photos!

    My husband and I are taking a year off next year and really want to drive in a truck/camper set up from Seattle to South America.

    My only hesitation is the safety of getting through Central America and sleeping in our vehicle at night.

    Any advice?

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    1. Mike says:

      Hey thanks! That’s great and honestly you have nothing to worry about. Lots of overlanders have done it and are doing it now. I was more nervous sleeping in our tent in the U.S. Then in C.A. Enjoy the trip and be sure to start a blog so we can follow along. Sorry I don’t have any sound advice for you

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    2. Tiffany says:

      Hi Kate! I won’t lie and say we weren’t ever worried… but that wore off quickly after the first few days. The fear is just a result of what we are told here in the states, and once you get there you realize the countries are full of the nicest people you’ve ever met. We slept mostly in our tent all over Mexico and Belize. The few times we ended up at a Pemex (a Mexican right of passage for most travelers) we slept in the jeep because it was easier and less obvious to passersby,bur never feared for our safety. I can’t think of a single occasion I was actually afraid (except maybe that one night in a Louisiana walmart…). Check out desktoglory.com songoftheroad.com Nelisbigadventure.com for more information. Sam and Erica made it all the way to Argentina, Jason and Victoria went as far as Panama and back, and Richard and Ashley are on their second leg in South America now. Also check out the I overlander app. It’s full of campsites and parking spots used by overlanders… I wish we had it available when we started! GOOD LUCK!

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      1. Tiffany says:

        Ioverlander one word. It’s on iPhone and Android now too!

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