Our American home on the road is our 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon, named Dan The Van. We have already traveled over 160,000 miles in him since buying him in 1991, have slept in him for well over two years in total, and have beefed him up for the rough roads of Mexico and beyond with a more powerful engine, a new and much more rugged suspension and a general cleanup and refitting of most of his important parts. We spent lots of time in Mexico, particularly in San Miguel de Allende, and took Dan to Guatemala and Belize in 2013.
In 1997 we bought Icarus, a thirty-nine foot catamaran, and then spent most of the next six years sailing the length of the Mediterranean in the warm months of each year. We sailed as far as Lebanon, Israel and Syria, and traveled overland to Jordan and Egypt as well. Most summers were spent on the coasts of Spain (particularly the Balearic Islands), Italy, Croatia, Greece (the mainland as well as the islands) and Turkey.
In between sailing in the Med and traveling around the U.S., Mexico and parts of Central America in Dan, we did a good deal of backpacking travel in other areas of the world. In the winter of 2004-2005 we spent almost six months backpacking around Southeast Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Laos. We had a brief three weeks in China in October of 2007 and then spent four months traveling through Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa over the summer and early fall of 2008. From December of 2009 to March of 2010 we traveled in India, Sri Lanka, Borneo and Singapore. And in the spring of 2014 we stole five weeks in Argentina.