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  • Well hello there! Glad you've stumbled upon Wandering Footsteps, the travel journal of a nomadic couple on a slow overland trip around the world. With thirty years of travel experience between us and a round-the-world trip already under the belt of our trusty 1988 Toyota-cum-camper van, this journey is bound to be interesting! Join us in our global wanderings - we've saved an extra seat just for you!

    - Brittany and Bruno

We moved into our new Big Blue Bus two weeks ago. After almost four months of full-time conversion work, you might be curious to see just how things are going for us so far – if so, read on. I spill the good and the bad of our first two weeks back on the road!

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  • Nikos&Georgia - I was looking for an article about the Bus and here we are! So happy for you two 😉 Looks amazing. We think that this will be our next step as well. Not soon, but definitely one day.. Congratulations guys. Enjoy every moment. Your last pic smiles say everything ;-))))))ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thanks, friends! 6 weeks in, we are still really happy with our bus, especially when it’s cold or rainy (as it has been in Northern Ontario!). I highly recommend it for you once you are totally sick of being in a small van. But until then, enjoy it because small definitely has some advantages!

      We finally had a good wifi connection so watched your Crowdfunding video! It was so good to see your faces and hear you speak! Very nice!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Hi!
    So glad to see you guys are finally back on the road. Have been following you for a while but since I cant remember, must ask: how do you guys fund your life? Some others I follow do contract tech work, or take seasonal jobs at parks and Amazon, and I was wondering about you guys. Also, re the engine shutoff: this happened to me driving through Nebraska one summer. Turned out I had a bad fuel pump, and during the extreme heat the engine got what is called “vapor lock”. It can be mitigated by avoiding gas with ethanol when driving in high heat.
    Happy travels :)ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hello Ann and thank you for the lovely message! I shared your mechanical knowledge with Bruno and he thought your advice was a true possibility that he will have to look further into! In the meantime, if we have any other problems, we’ll know who to contact! :)
      Regarding how we finance our trip, is it OK if I send you toward a post I wrote about it? It’s got the long and the short version! The link is right here: http://wanderingfootsteps.com/location-independent/this-overlanding-life-the-financial-question/
      Thanks so much for the well-wishes!
      Brittany and BrunoReplyCancel

  • Leslie Brown - Happy to catch up with you again, I’ve been neglecting my devices lately due to eye operation but should soon be good again. Nice to know you will soon be in Canada, eh! We were in southern Saskatchewan last summer and really enjoyed the big fields and blue skies. Seems like the bus is working out well. It will only get better as you find time to fine tune things. Leonie and I will have lunch tomorrow with Bettie and Randy so will get up to date with them as well.
    Love, Grampa and LeonieReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Eye operation?!? Do tell more!

      I thought of you and Leonie every single day that we were in the Prairies, wondering where you went and what you thought of the endless skies and fields. I loved the prairie dogs most of all, but discovered a few other surprises that I’ll be happy to write about fairly soon!

      Sending my love,

      BBReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Jones - Just LOVE the Blue bus! You guys did an amazing job!! I am super excited for you two! Enjoy and savor every moment and cheers to you for getting through this new life transition. xxx cousin JenniferReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thanks Jenn! So I get the nod of approval from the best designer I know? :) Can’t wait to show her to you in person! xxReplyCancel

  • Freya Gnerre - My dear Niece and Bruno, You look so happy, I’m very envious. I love the area you are in as much as you do. It’s so nice to look up and see beautiful blue skys. And, the wide open spaces! Big Blue looks great and very comfortable – you’ll eventually get all your “bugs” taken care of. I’m still waiting for an email from you. And, I hope when you are in Canada, you will come down our way so we can meet up. Much love to you both. Auntie FreyaReplyCancel

    • Brittany Caumette - As always, it is wonderful to hear from you – thanks so much for taking the time to read our blog and especially to reply! :)

      We are now in Montana, but we had a GREAT 8 days in your home state – on the way out of Yellowstone we even drove the infamous Beartooth highway – GORGEOUS!!

      I don’t think NY is in our plans in the next few months, but then again, you never know!! :)

      Brittany and BrunoReplyCancel

  • Louise Jones-Takata - Congratulations B & B! Big Blue is real achievement and it looks very good, roomy and comfy. Nothing chaotic about it! As nothing is perfect, you are realizing certain decisions taken which you would if you could alter. You’ll live with these little inconveniences for now anyway! Best of all, you are living the life you both so much love!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany Caumette - You’re so right, Louise, and I expect most people who design their homes end up with a few small things they wish they could change. All in all, I’m almost perfectly happy with the design – and more importantly, we’re SUPER happy to be back on the road! Just had a fabulous week in the Tetons and Yellowstone, and now about to enter Saskatchewan for our cross-Canadian summer road trip! It’s good to be back on the road!

      xoxReplyCancel

  • Molly McCarron - Aah.. You both look so happy!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany Caumette - We SOOOOO are, Molly!! Just had a great week in the Tetons and Yellowstone, and are now about to enter Canada for a cross-Canadian road trip! It’s so good to be out discovering the world again, and we’re already starting to forget the pains of the last 4 months – like childbirth, I guess! :)ReplyCancel

  • Frank - Hadn’t seen photos of you two for a while – you are (both) looking well !ReplyCancel

    • Brittany Caumette - Thanks for saying hi, Frank! We feel as though we are re-emerging from hibernation – life is good!

      Where are you guys?ReplyCancel

Here I am, for only a second time in Mexico, having my senses utterly overwhelmed again by the traffic, dirt, taco stands, street dogs, garbage, potholes, and staccato Spanish of another Mexican town.  After spending over a year in Europe, Canada, and the United States, Mexico has come as a shock – even if it is just Mexico-light, as they call Baja California.

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  • rcs - I remember the dirt in PV but the places you are visiting look quite clean and attractive.
    Happy travels.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany Caumette - It’s funny you remember the dirt in Puerto Vallarta. Was that your first time in a “developing” country, perhaps? You’ll have to revisit Mexico now that you have so much more travel experience – you could do it in your new RV!!ReplyCancel

Bruno and I are not the only ones who live their lives on the road: introducing a couple of young Greek overlanders we met three years ago at a little campsite in Kenya, and who have continued their travels in two vehicles, 40+ countries and 100,000km! They’ve just written an e-book about their lifestyle, with tons of practical info on how you, too, can live the traveling life of your dreams!

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This month, Bruno and I have continued working full-time on our bus conversion, but from Baja California, Mexico, rather than Arizona, USA. We’ve gotten a lot of important tasks accomplished – so much so that we’re just about ready to hit the road in our new home-on-wheels!

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  • Steve & Lorena - Hi, Bruno & Brittany,

    We met briefly at the Grand Teton Visitors center the other day and I thought I would check out your website. It made great reading and I enjoyed the post on the renovations to the bus. My wife is from Mexico and we have been down the Baja a number of times. I am sorry I did not pop out to the car park for a look at the finished job. I think you mentioned you were heading to Yellowstone and if you are going to still be there next Thursday let me know and maybe we can meet and share a beer.

    You make us feel like novices as we only have nine years on the road.

    Looking forward to when our paths cross again.

    Steve & LorenaReplyCancel

    • Brittany Caumette - Dear Steve and Lorena,

      Thank you so much for checking out our website and especially for writing to say hi! It’s great to hear from you both, and was especially great to meet you!

      We’ve just left Yellowstone after a WONDERFUL several days there. Special place. We followed your geyser advice, so thanks a bunch for that! Guess we’ll have to take a rain check on the beer, as we’re about to enter Canada… let us know when you both are back in N.A. after Ecuador and New Zealand – we’ll be here awhile!

      Best wishes and happy travels!

      Brittany and BrunoReplyCancel

  • 33Betty - I must say it was hard to find your blog in search results.

    You write awesome articles but you should rank your blog higher in search engines.
    If you don’t know 2017 seo techniues search on youtube:
    how to rank a website Marcel’s wayReplyCancel

  • Auntie Freya - You both are doing a great job. I love reading you blogs. I’m hoping you’ll get a chance to drop down in NY on your way back East. I’m home until the middle of June. I’m still waiting for your answer on my last email! Political as it might be, you did ask. I’d love your input. I’ve been busy cleaning out the house, but I have several trips coming up. That keeps me going. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Much love,
    Auntie FreyaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I didn’t reply? My goodness, I don’t know where my brain has been… actually, I DO know! It’s been on this DANG bus! Can’t wait until my brain is out on the open road again – I am guessing I have a fair few emails to reply to! Haha!!ReplyCancel

      • Freya Gnerre - Dear Brittany and Bruno, You are really making progress. When you finally hit the road north to visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, you will probably go thru Green River and/or Rock Springs, Wyoming. That is my tramping grounds. My Mother was born and raised there and I still have a lot of family there. It’s a great area and full of old western history. Let me know what you think when you travel thru. The bus is looking great – and I love your blogs. Much love, Auntie FreyaReplyCancel

  • Leslie Brown - X – That’s my crossed fingers. Looks like you have some great travels in front of you.
    GrampaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thank you for the fingers! We need every single one we can get! Are you sure you don’t want to go out and buy another trailer and come hit the road with us? :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S - Wonderful! So glad you are finished the ‘big stuff’ and are soon to be back on the road. See you at the end of July and meanwhile enjoyReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I may have spoken too soon about being done the big stuff – forgot about windows, awning, kayaks, and the heater/AC system in the driver’s area…. ay yay yay!ReplyCancel

  • rcs - Things are looking up…for both Big Blue and your travels.
    I, too, miss the “wide open roads”.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Good thing we have a fun summer RV itinerary planned! :)ReplyCancel