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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

Now, after the recent presidential election, it is more important than ever that I travel through the US. Because prejudice should never be met with prejudice, intolerance with intolerance, fear with fear.  I know now that it is through my travels in America that the seeds of anger that Trump has sown within me with be uprooted.

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  • Leslie Brown - America is much bigger than Trump!It’s people are strong, creative and some of the brightest in the world. you will find much good in the USA and it will prevail. Enjoy your travels there and keep sharing your stories.
    Love to you both, GrampaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thank you for the positive words of wisdom. I think (and hope) you are correct. xoxReplyCancel

  • rcs - His election is obviously a statement about how unhappy Joe Public is about where the USA is today.
    I’m sure you will get the opportunity to better understand this pervasive feeling but openly expressing a political opinion from an outsider is probably not Plan #1.
    What is interesting is trying to understand the depth of the anger/unhappiness to elect a man without respect for women and humanity.
    It will be an interesting time…no doubt.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - As you know, I’ve never been one to be able to hold back on opinions about such important things. My hope is that I wrote this with diplomacy and tact.ReplyCancel

  • Nikos&Georgia - hahahaha.. dont worry.. #Trolland Dump will be soon history -even a bad memory- due to countless scandals that will come to the surface.

    Trust us.. this guys is a like the clown that they burn after Carnivals in Greece.

    Here in Mexico, its even harder after #Dump election.

    Safe travels ;-))ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I wish I shared your optimism about his short presidency! I owe you both an email…. forthcoming, truly! We’ve just finished a 4,000+km roadtrip through the US so we’re pretty exhausted!!ReplyCancel

    • Frank - Hopefully the dog that barks does not bite.ReplyCancel

Bruno is emphatically anti-city. Even as a child, he’d get headaches whenever his mom dragged him to Paris. So what was it about this trip and this city that softened my city-hating husband’s heart? You’ll just have to read on until the end of the post to find out!

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  • Louise Jones-Takata - Well done B & B. It was truly a pleasure to have you in my city and home!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - The pleasure was absolutely all ours, and as you see, the memories we created will truly last a lifetime! xox and thank you again for everything.ReplyCancel

  • Rcs - Like Mom, I hung on to every word, phrase and sentence of this fun recollection of your NY stay. I felt I was there with you and Bruno.
    I’m certain Louise will enjoy your ability to capture in words this great trip and experience.
    Yeah, Bruno…ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Very glad you enjoyed it! Did it make you want to visit NYC?ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S. - What a wonderful acoount of your whirlwind four days in NYC! So glad that Bruno enjoyed himself to the extent he did. Marvelous photos that put my June photos to shame. Thank you for sharing; it’s been a long wait to hear the details of your trip.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Glad you enjoyed it! I figured you would, and wrote with you in mind.ReplyCancel

This month we did more air miles than road miles – from Toronto to New York and onward to France. It was a month of celebration – celebrating holidays, birthdays, and introductions. And, best of all, it was a month with a great success – Bruno obtained his B1/B2 multiple entry US visa!

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  • Elizabeth S. - Evev though this post as well as others in the past months are.not about overlanding, I love reading about all the gatherings you’ve been a part of. The photos bring the stories to life. We loved our Thanksgiving weekend with you too!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Enjoy the “community-centered” posts now because we’ll soon be back on the road again and writing about culture, history, and experiences in new places! :)ReplyCancel

The past month hasn’t been all about family and friends; in fact, quite a lot of our time has been passed in offices, garages, dealerships and internet cafés. We’ve been searching for a camper van in Canada – and it’s been more challenging than we’d initially expected. Read on to find out the process we’ve gone through in order NOT to find a camper van in Canada!

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  • phil & angie - hi guys !
    well what a chore !
    Of course part of the problem is you are starting from a point of owning a truly remarkable vehicle already !
    The ‘fuso’ as you will no doubt be aware does come as a 4×4.
    these guys : Don & Kim Greene
    used and wrote this book : https://www.amazon.com/Americas-Overland-Handbook-Donald-Greene/dp/0557007127

    probably contact them through ’99daystopanama’ yahoo group

    we are now at ‘bushbaby’ near Umfolozi.
    slow moving but all very good.

    love you both.
    xxReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thanks for the info guys, you da best! We’re now leaning more to the minibus, but you never know… We would def love a Fuso 4×4 but didn’t find one at all in Canada. We’ll look into the book, Yahoo group, and email address you sent this morning.

      Nearby Umfolozi is where I saw my first leopard ever (if my memory serves me correctly). Amazing! Much love to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Alain - No salt in California, and we’ll give you a bedroom or driveway to stay while you find your perfect next house! We’re in the Bay Area.
    AlainReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Wow, that’s quite an amazing offer! Really appreciate it! :) Any good vehicles in the Bay Area?ReplyCancel

      • Alain - We’re going the popup truckcamper route, so I don’t know about other types. If you’re interested stay in touch or email us!
        AlainReplyCancel

  • Nikos&Georgia - Having a Toyota is always the best bet in terms of spares & parts availability. Ford does not have the best reputation after Mexico, especially for the new ones.
    If I were you, I would put all the money to convert the LandCruiser as per my needs. Apart from a great engine, its a great chassis for a decent conversion. And it’s so nice to travel with your very own home registered vehicle all around the world!!!!!!!

    Love you

    Nikos&GeorgiaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Wish we could! In fact, we even considered re-doing the engine and pulling a little caravan, but the problem is that the vehicle is registered for maximum two places, and we really hope we’ll need more soon. :) Anyway, the decision is made and we are at peace with it, just that now there’s a lot of work to do before we can truly get back on the road again!ReplyCancel