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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

Who knew the world was so large? I sure didn’t. Up until a few months ago, all I knew was a placed called Phoenix. Now, I’ve seen canyons and mountains and forests and prairies and lakes and more animals than I ever knew existed. Now, I have a family. A new job. Now, I have a second chance at life.

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  • Rachel - This is the cutest “Getting a second chance in life” story I’ve ever read!! Our “vehicules” really do take on a life of their own beeing such an important part of our journeys…I agree that our JÉDI felt as excited as us to discover all these new places on our way to Panama! :-)ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Ooooh, we would love to see your vehicle! Can’t find any photos of it on your blog… maybe you can help us find the right place…? Hope you’ll travel with Jedi again in the near future! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mashoud Janjua - Cher Brittany,

    Sounds like a bit of an anomaly…Freightliner with a Thor body and a 5.9 litre Cummins. As you know, Freightliners are generally big beasts with Volvo or Caterpillar diesels.
    However, for a change, some engineer had the smarts to use a 5.9 litre Cummins which can literally run on ghee and last for a million miles as long as the injectors keep working. It is akin to a 5 cylinder Mercedes diesel from the old 300 SD days.

    My rig is a Ram 3500 Crew Cab 4×4 dually with…guess what ? 5.9 litre Cummins chosen specially for dirty diesel and carrying an Arctic Fox 1150 Aluminum structure with all the goodies an old guy and gal need for off the beaten path.

    Am I an overlander? I have to chuckle at this because with the advent of the digital age, everyone seems to be writing about this rather new found phenomenon when chaps like me probably pioneered it and yet no one ever knew. I am referring to 1963… from East Africa to Sweden in a Hillman ..22 countries. Mind you, the world was pretty virginal then…friendlier, raw, innocent and devoid of violence . You could crisscross North Africa, Freely pass through the Khyber, have fun in Iran and share kebabs in Afghanistan. Of course, until the Americans and their buddies started to piss on the tranquility of cultures for nothing else but oil and hegemony.

    I think I have gone too far. Stop by in Eastern Ontario when you come home. An hour from Montreal. Other than that, maybe Guatemala in the fall.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Brown - I wonder if Toyotia is missing you?? Hope you got my B.D. wishes
    Love, GrampaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I think she is! She’s still stuck in Dallas, because the new owner hasn’t had a chance, yet, to drive her all the way to Boston. I hope she made a few friends to pass the time until her next adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Socia - Brittany You are such a gifted writer and I so love reading your blog Love this one from Big Blues perspective. We just returned from what I.m calling our”Sizzling Rocks” trip Put 1660 miles on the bike in 6 days Very hot and did we see alot of rocks! Take care Happy BirthdayReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Sharon and thank you for the compliment! I’m blushing! :)

      Where did you guys go on your trip? I love the name you picked – from the sounds of it, you must have stayed in the south! Can you send some of that heat to Canada please? :)

      xxReplyCancel

  • Auntie Freya - Dear Brittany and Bruno,
    I loved your adventures from the bus’s point of view. Very touching. I’m still awaiting an email from you.
    I’m glad Louise is back in NY. She had a good time with your brother and girl friend. I’ll be spending time with her at her place in July – doing the city things.
    I hope all is well – which it sounds like.
    Much love,
    FreyaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Auntie Freya, thanks for saying hi. I really appreciate hearing from my readers so I know I’m not just writing out to cyberspace!

      It’s been tough to keep up on my correspondence this year, and somehow hasn’t gotten easier since we hit the road. I think we’re driving a lot more than we usually do, partly because North America is so huge, and partly because we have a trip planned with family and so a concrete date pushing us ever-forward.

      Say hi to Louise for me!! :) And thanks for saying hi!!ReplyCancel

  • Micheline - J’adore l’histoire de ce grand bleu… Je me réjouis de faire bientôt sa connaissance.
    Big bisous à b&b&bbReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Merci Mimi!! Ca me fait plaisir de savoir que tu nous lis. Ca fait trop longtemps qu’on s’est pas parle – mais bon, tout ca va changer tres bientot!! Trois semaines avant votre grand depart, n’est-ce pas? Est-ce que vous pouvez amenez un peu de chaleur d’ete avec vous s’il te plait?!?!?!? Gros bisous et a bientot – on est en route nous aussi. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S. - Love reading the travels from the perspective of Big Blue. You really should write a book for children!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - If I could get Nicole Legault on board!!ReplyCancel

  • Mashoud Janjua - Really wise move to convert Big Blue into living quarters because it seems it is built so much sturdier than a conventional factory A class RV. They are put together for aesthetics but held together with bubble gum and staples.
    Got to comment on the stove…my! my ! made for a snobby French chef.

    I was wondering though . Is Big Blue diesel powered and if so, what pusher?

    Thanks for sharing and keep on trucking.

    mashoudReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Mashoud and thanks for saying hi! We were especially wanting to convert our own vehicle so we could choose a design that worked for us. All the ready-made RVs have standard designs that we don’t find super practical – especially because they have tiny kitchens! You probably guessed it, but I love to cook! And I am loving my stove!! :)

      Big Blue is indeed diesel (a must-have for Bruno) and it’s a Freighliner with a Thor body. The engine is a 5.9 Cummins, which have a great reputation and should last a good long while.

      Are you an overlander?ReplyCancel

  • Nikos&Georgia - We love the last picture! Awesome!
    The bus tale is so sweet!

    So, when are you changing your front picture in the website?

    Safe travels from the bottom of our heart!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thanks for saying hello again, friends! We just looked at your latest post about your home-made frisbee. You guys are keeping busy with lots of great projects! Great job!

      That picture of Totoyaya….. I think we will keep it for a while, still. In fact, Bruno just printed off 500 more business cards with the Totoyaya shot on the front. Even though we are quickly loving Big Blue, Totoyaya still feels very much a part of us! Can’t let her go just yet… :)ReplyCancel

Mama bear and her cubs not far off. Thirty feet away, tops. In my whole life, I’ve never seen a bear, and now, thanks to Yellowstone National Park, I’ve seen several. Thanks to Yellowstone, I’ve communed with the miracle of Nature, sometimes bizarrely bubbling in an otherworldly landscape, but always full of beautiful surprises.

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  • Louise Jones-Takata - Just got to this one. I am actually looking at doing Yellowstone Nat’l Park in the late summer/early Fall of 2018. Your images are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - That’s wonderful, Louise! I’m actually sort of surprised you haven’t visited yet, because this park is be RIGHT up your alley!ReplyCancel

  • Gwen - All these photos are amazing! I love the Morning Glory one in particular! Thank you for sharing :)ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thank you, Gwen! Yellowstone is VERY photogenic! I loved Morning Glory, too! You really should visit – the scientist in you will LOVE it there!ReplyCancel

I’ve been learning that America is truly beautiful. I’d collected evidence of this last winter, when I visited my first two American national parks. But I learned it, without a doubt, during our recent road trip north, when we stopped in a few very beautiful, very grand, national parks – so grand, in fact, that two of them earned the word grand in their very names! Can you guess which national parks I’m talking about?

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  • Louise Jones-Takata - For me, the Southern rim of the Grand Canyon is the most dramatic! Wonderful photos B & B. Your reflective image of the Grand Tetons inspires me to visit that spectacular location.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S - Your visit to these national parks could only have whet your appetite for more. Your photos are stunning but you are right; such magnificence cannot properly be captured by a lens, it must be experienced in person.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Did it bring back old memories of your hike down the Grand Canyon?ReplyCancel

  • Nikos & Georgia - Glad you enjoyed the Grand Canyon. If you have time, dont miss the Utah NPs.

    So, what about the Big Blue Bus?? Are you enjoying it? How is on the road?

    Have fun guys 😉 All the best & safe travels!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hey guys! Thanks for saying hi! We have been in our bus for a month now and LOVE IT (even Bruno!!) I actually wrote about how we were adjusting to Big Blue a couple posts ago, in case you’re interested.

      We had to pass up Utah this trip because our US visa was finished and we have a summer date in the east coast of Canada with both our families. Next year – I think it’s gonna take us a couple more to see and do all we want in North America!

      How are you guys?ReplyCancel

This month’s travel stats are strong: almost 4,000km of driving, three different countries, five U.S. states, and four national parks! Life has definitely changed for us here at Wandering Footsteps! After four months of full-time bus conversion work, we’re back to doing what we love most – seeing the world!

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  • rcs - So happy that the two of you are back to the travel…and the RV looks great. Can’t wait to see it up close.
    Enjoy the Canadian scenery.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hello from Riding Mountain National Park, which smells like New Brunswick! The Canadian scenery, so far, has been mostly agriculture, but it’s about to get real in northern Ontario! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S - You certainly have had an eventful month! I loved reading about your travels though Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana as well as the National Parks and seeing the photos of absolutely stunning scenery. I’m envious but in a good way. So glad you had the opportunity to see good friends along the way. And yes, I will never forget my heartstopping motorcycle ride through the congested rush-hour streets of Bangkok!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I’m so happy to get to share wraps-up of our photos and journey with you, and imagine that now that we are closer to home, our stops take on a whole new meaning for you! Can’t wait to FOR you explore the SW USA one day!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel McDougall - Hi Brittany

    Congratulations on all the traveling. It looks like a lot of fun and hitting all those parks in one month is awesome.

    The cross Canada drive is a lot fun. We live in Kingston Ontario and have space in the drive way to park the big blue bus.

    Let me know if you would like to stop by at dan.mcdougall@gmail.com

    Sorry I am not on Instagram anymore. I have taken a productivity break from social media and other distractions.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Daniel! Thanks so much for your kind message, and my apologies for our late reply – we’ve been in more national parks (this time in Canada) enjoying life, haha!!

      I wish I had known you were in Kingston last fall when we passed through on our way to Toronto. This summer we’ll be trying out the route through Northern Ontario (via Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Ottawa) so won’t pass your way. Wish us luck with the bugs! :)

      Thank you, again, for your super kind offer! I love it!!ReplyCancel

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