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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

I took a quick mini-trip to two American cities, New York and Washington DC. My goal was to reconnect with long-lost friends, but since our reunions happened in two engaging, alive, and beautiful cities, readers may be interested in my perspective. Read until the end for my overall take on why you should visit both cities.

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  • rcs - You have worked hard to retain your friendships; this is a skill you have learned from your mother.
    Staying connected is a part of your wandering spirit and the reward will be always having someone to visit and share things with.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I agree. Not only is it wonderful to have friends to connect with all over the world (already a huge bonus) but it’s amazing to be with people who have known me deeply in my past!ReplyCancel

By bringing me intellectually into a space of reflecting on gratitude, happiness, and mindfulness, I find that my spirit is opening more and more, recognizing the things for which I am grateful in my daily life. I am learning to live more attentively, noticing the joy and happiness that is all around me, thereby bringing gratitude into the present moment.

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  • Linda janssen - Wat een geweldige verhalen, dank je wel !
    Jammer dat ik net een paar dagen na de inscheping las dat jullie Toyota te koop was…….
    Veel plezier nog met het ontmoeten van nieuwe en oude vrienden en familie

    • Brittany - Thank you, Linda, for reading our blog and leaving a comment! We are very happy to be in Canada to visit my family and friends and show Bruno my country! Will we meet you somewhere along the way?ReplyCancel

  • Remy - Merci Brit , pour moi c’est le plus beau post que tu nous à donner a lire.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Merci beau-frere! Pour l’instant j’ai encore PLUS de gratitude que normalement car j’ai mon chouchou de mari a cote de moi! Gros bisous et a bientot!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S. - Thank you for this thoughtful post. It was touching to read. We have so much for which to be grateful and I know you and I both continue to work on making gratitude our ‘default’ mindset.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I’m glad you appreciated the post. For me, writing about it was one way of keeping gratitude in the forefront of my mind.ReplyCancel

  • The driver. :) - Yes that’s right my heart, let us to have goals, make children and educate them while planning to tour for exploring the world this is not too much, we will need more, I trust you’ll find otherwise we risk to bother… :)

    I love you anyway. :)ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thank you for your kind words my cheri, although I think Google translate didn’t do the best job, haha! :) xox je t’aime aussi!ReplyCancel

I’m in Canada, and Bruno’s in France. Snif. But don’t worry, he’s making his way to my continent… and with Totoyaya! This blog explains why we’re bringing our home-on-wheels to Canada this year, and ends with a VERY IMPORTANT request from all my North American readers! Please read, and PLEASE HELP!!

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  • Louise Jones-Takata - Off the top of my head I like Santa Fe, N.M. (Georgia O’Keefe country) Sedona, AZ ( red rock country) Key West, Fl. but it’s the getting there the I really enjoy with the Atlantic on one side and the.Everglades on the other. The Everglades, of course.!
    I love Savannah, Ga. with its 12 squares.
    All national parks are worth your while and I will be able to report back on Zion & Bryce as I will be there this Fall.
    There are more and I will get these to you before the summer is overReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thanks for all the great suggestions, Louise! We might be spending part of our winter in NM and Arizona so I will definitely make sure to spend some time in the regions you mentioned. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about Zion and Bryce!ReplyCancel

  • Nikos & Georgia - Hola chicos.

    This is our favorite list from Canada & US:

    1. The best highlight so far were the Northern Lights in Yukon. Follow the forecast and look for no clouds, no moon, clear & dark skies.
    2. Plan to buy/ rent a canoe, take supplies and sail from Whitehorse to Arctic Circle through Yukon river. You can sell the canoe in Alaska. Awesome ride!
    3. The Rockies (Alberta/ British Columbia). Explore them as much as possible.
    4. Yukon & Alaska are very very similar. Next time we would choose to go to Inuvik, Canada instead of Deadhorse, AK. Be aware of mosquitoes!!!!!!!!
    5. Lake Tahoe, California/ Nevada. One of the best in Western US.
    6. Nevada desert. Our best with free overnight stops all around.
    7. New Orleans. Music all around. Whats more, lots of pieces from your african puzzle will be put into place 😉
    8. Utah’s National Parks. ALL. Pick the right season & get lost to the canyons.
    9. Route 66 is a myth. Only a tiny stretch in Arizona.
    10. North America geographically includes Mexico. You cant miss it! The whole country is a great mosaic of rich history, lovely people, great art and excellent food. What else you want?

    The list can get bigger and bigger. This is only the first things that come to our mind right now.

    Looking forward to your travels updates 😉

    Nikos & GeorgiaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this list!!!! SOOOOOOOOO much! You adventurers are getting us truly excited to hit the road. We will definitely hit you up for more advice along the way. It’s funny because I’ve been trying to persuade Bruno to buy kayaks to keep on our roof so we can independently explore any piece of water…. so I LOVE your #2 suggestion! :)

      P.S. Bruno just arrived in Canada!! Totoyaya arrives in a few days! :)ReplyCancel

  • rcs - Well the Appalachian Trail of course…the Sea to Sun Hwy, the Pacific Coast Hwy, Route 66.
    Mmm, maybe the Grand Canyon or the Badlands. Then there is Yosemite, Niagara Falls and the Florida Everglades.
    I can go on if you’d like…Key West, the Giant Sequoias, the Golden Gate Bridge…okay, okay, enough.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Well, that’s quite the list!! Looks like we’re going to need a few years to get through it!!ReplyCancel

  • TJ Wood - I live in Davis, CA–about 75 miles inland from San Francisco. We love visiting the Eastern Sierra, driving miles down dirt roads, camping under the stars, finding petroglyphs, falling asleep to coyote serenades and waking to wild horses. Drop me a line if you want some guidance on where to go or if you want a travel companion for a couple days! Along the eastern Sierra, you guys should visit Bishop, Mono Lake, Alabama Hills, etc.!

    This area best in late spring/early fall.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi TJ, thanks so much for the recommendations! Your ideas sound RIGHT up our alley, so I’m noting down the places you mentioned. We won’t be in that region until next spring but I will try to remember to get in touch with a certain local expert as the time approaches! :) Cannot wait!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Socia - There are many beautiful National Parks to explore in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Of course I’m sure you will be visiting the Grand Canyon and you are welcome to come visit us in Dewey which is near Prescott Our door is always open and we would love to see you and show you aroundReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Sharon, thank you so much for the invite! Of COURSE we would be very happy to come by for a visit and reconnect after three years! We may actually be in Arizona this winter so I will keep you posted! :)

      Going to visit your daughter in a few days, yeehaw!!ReplyCancel

There may be advantages to living in one place for an extended period of time, but there are also challenges. After living in a house in France for nine weeks, the novelty of living a normal life in a normal house was wearing off and I was able to analyze the non-nomadic lifestyle without my rose-tinted glasses on.

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  • Elizabeth - Guess a little dose of the ‘real’ world goes a long way. It’s clear that your usual lifestyle suits you very well as long as you have a vacation from it from time to time. Interesting perspective!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Yes, it would seem that I love my regular lifestyle MOST of all, even if I don’t love it always. It’s nice to experience a change of pace, just as long as it’s not too long! :)ReplyCancel