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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

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.

    • 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

The most unbelievable thing happened today – Bruno asked me to go for a walk along the nearby beach with him. This post gives an update on the work we have done on our bus conversion in the last few weeks, and explains why Bruno’s request to walk along the beach signifies an important turning point in our project.

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  • Les Brown - Very wise to rest, refresh your plans and enjoy what you have accomplished. A Good project always takes time..Are you heading north for the summer?
    Love, GrampaReplyCancel

I’m writing this post from my new bed inside our big blue bus in Mexico.  For anyone following Wandering Footsteps recently, you know this is a big deal!  We have been working non-stop for over two months on converting a bus into an RV, and as of March 26th, we’ve moved in!

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  • Jennifer J - My cousin Brittany! I love you so much. I just caught up on your lovely website and you made me laugh ou loud so many times!!! You and Bruno are doing an INCREDIBLE fast job on the bus and it is gorgeous. Bruno is so talented! Have fun growing into it. I am so envious (in a good way), as I am in heavy pring cleaning and such here (house… ball and chain?). I love your blog Brittany, your authenticness shines through each tale on the road. xoReplyCancel

  • amir - Yes, they can handle the weight, trust me. They get screwed into the doors and drawers and it helps if its solid wood ofcourse. I am confident it will do the trick for you.

    I cant find the exact ones we have, but its made by this company here. They also have new ones which instead of using screws uses 3m tape, I wouldn’t go that route.


    • Brittany - Hi Amir! Just seeing this now (I didn’t get an email notification about your reply), and that’s a great idea! I actually stumbled upon this a few days ago during research and feel it’s the next logical step for us to take. At the very least we can try it because it doesn’t involve cutting any holes into the front façade of the doors, which is what Bruno is contemplating doing right now!! Thanks a bunch! :)ReplyCancel

  • amir - what you need for the cabinets and drawers is baby/child locks. plenty of different types available on amazon. they also have a disable feature and can be activated ONLY while you’re in transit. and a magnet pops them open from the outside when you stop after travel.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hey Amir! I thought of child-proof locks but Bruno was worried they wouldn’t be strong enough for all the weight we’re carrying in the kitchen. We’ll have to look at a few different models, especially since our cabinets don’t have much to latch onto on the sides or tops of the cabinets. In retrospect I should have chosen a less beautiful but more functional kitchen. Ah well, you live, you learn!ReplyCancel

      • Brittany - Do you have a link for the lock you’re describing, btw?ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Brown - Well, you sure fooled me. When I saw that bus full of seats, I figured it would take at least 6 months before you could get in to spend the first night. You two have done a marvelous job so far. Be proud of your great effort.
    Love GrampaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Wow, what an encouraging comment! I just read it to Bruno because he’s having trouble kick-starting the project here in Mexico. I think he’s exhausted and is reaching his limit. But these comments definitely give him a bit of pep in his step! Keep ’em coming! :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S - What fabulous work you have both been doing! Not to worry; you will soon both grow into Big Blue’s size. As with everything, however, there are always plusses and minusses.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thank you, and yes, I totally agree! Love will come with time, I’m sure, and with every plus there is a minus.ReplyCancel

  • Molly McCarron - Oh my gosh-how far are south are you guys going? I’m so jealous! Your bus looks fabulous! You probably won’t find any down there but I would take a sneak peak at some RV places and have a looky-loo at the interior cabinets, or you could get child-proof drawer and cabinet locks. They may solve your problem. I have the best stainless steel cleaner. It’s the bomb (link below) but I know those flat sinks are a pain. Your bus does look luxurious! I’m so happy for you guys. I hope you are going to Cancun!


    • Brittany - Hey Molly!! Thanks so much for your tips! Do you use that stainless steel cleaner every time you use the sink? I couldn’t believe when I read the directions for our sink and it said to wipe it dry after every use! I mean, like, WHO does that?!?
      So, our plan this spring is actually not to go any further than Ensenada, Baja. We’ll have to save the further south thing for next year. Still a lot of bus work to do and then we need to register it as an RV in Arizona and head up to Canada for the summer. Exciting Mexican adventures await us NEXT winter!
      P.S. I can’t believe what happened with your contractor! That’s absolutely crap – any way to catch up to him and get your money back?ReplyCancel

      • Molly McCarron - Hi Brittany,

        We actually use it on our stainless steel pans and it works on our porcelain sink too! We just had an amazing resolution with our contractor. He agreed to give us all our money back! Woo-woo! I guess he realized I was gonna fight to the death (in court) and there was no way he was going to win. If you ever come back here I will show you what we have done. I love your blog and I have finally signed up. Keep up the good work! Give a kiss to Justin Trudeau for me when you get up there, okay? LolzReplyCancel