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In 2017 we decided to change our busy lifestyles for a self-development adventure that would mark us forever: we took a sabbatical to travel the Pan-American Highway from Alaska to Argentina overlanding in our expedition truck, Brutus.

The adventure was more rewarding than we expected. We learned to embrace life living simply, being present, appreciating what before we would have taken for granted. We have developed lifetime friendships, experienced a diversity of cultures, witnessed true wildlife encounters and untouched nature. But the best of it, we have reconnected as a couple and conceived our son, Luca, on the way.

On this blog we explain how it all happened, giving you insights and tips about planning and preparation. You will find all about the journey itself and how we resumed our lives after the sabbatical break.

We hope you will find the blog insightful when planning your next lifetime adventure or next “big change”!

Enjoy and Keep On Exploring!

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How it happened

Overlanding Route 40 Patagonia

After our short stop over in Chile, we got back on Route 40 of Argentina cruising Patagonia towards the “End of the World”. We were less than 2000km from the finish line of our expedition when the cabin door of our truck deep-froze due to the ice cold temperatures in Esquel. Our dream to travel…

Chile Pan American Highway

We crossed into Chile from Mendoza province of Argentina on the Pan American Highway. We were curious to experience the most prosperous country of South America with its bohemian city port of Valparaiso and diverse nature layered on the long and narrow strip of land.  From the very beginning the country impressed us with its…

Argentina’s Wine Region

Reaching Argentina we felt closer and closer to the finish line of our Pan-American journey, the southern most tip of the continent, Ushuaia. With few weeks left until the end of our lifetime adventure we were nostalgic, but as well animated to encounter a more European culture, an Italian inspired cuisine, wine tasting experiences in…

Bolivia

To visit or not to visit Bolivia? That was my question. Reputable for its unfriendly locals and for its fuel restrictions to foreign vehicles I was doubtful if we should travel through Bolivia on our way towards Argentina. We could chose to follow the Atacama Desert through Chile. JP on the other hand was eager…

Our expedition to Machu Picchu

We were so excited for our expedition to the tremendous archeological site of Machu Picchu. The heart of the Inca civilization in Peru was on our priority list since we started our journey. This much awaited moment coincided with my 20 weeks pre-natal control which had to be done in the city of Cusco. And…

Towards Laguna Parón, Peru

We were excited to reach Peru, to finally visit the tremendous archeological site of Machu Picchu. But before heading to the heart of the Inca civilization we were advised by fellow travelers: “You should not miss Laguna Parón. It's a must do in Peru!”. The lake located at 4,185m height in Cordillera Blanca stands out…

From Quito to Cuenca, Ecuador

Located in a high-altitude valley next to Pichincha volcano, Quito is a capital of true dramatic beauty. The metropolis impressed us with its uniquely scenic views and largely preserved old town. My return to Quito for a second time gave me the chance to explore it from a different perspective, to see it with the…

Latitude Zero, Ecuador

When I first visited Ecuador in 2013 I was completely charmed and promised myself I would return one day. It was exciting to be back and rediscover it from a different perspective. Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, a small touristic village next to Quito that marks the Equator,  the invisible line that divides the earth in…

The coffee region, Colombia

The more we explored Colombia the more amazed we were with its beauty and variety. Lovely panoramas of coffee plantations and tropical mountain landscapes were unfolding south of Medellin. We received a great recommendation to camp at a coffee farm called Finca Guyabal next to Manizales where they offered a fantastic coffee seminar and tour.…