This was actually a really difficult blog for me to answer and narrow down. After living and traveling around Asia for nearly 14 years, I have a ton of favourite places, memories, people, trips, hikes, dives, islands, and experiences. But there are a few that really stand out. Thinking back one of my favourite trips was actually our last in Asia before we moved back home. Myanmar was actually a place we were ready to move to after our first year in China teaching English. We had accepted jobs in Yangon at a school and emailing back and forth to sort out details. And suddenly the emails stopped. So we spent the summer being beach bums in Thailand...
After we left family in Phoenix for Thanksmus (American Thanksgiving and early family Christmas) we found a cool mountain that was about an hour or so out of Phoenix that was on BLM land. For those of you who don't know BLM stands for Bureau of Land Management and they have over 12 million acres of public land in Arizona along. This is land that you are allowed to camp, hike and stay on for 14 days for FREE, then move at least 25 miles away and can go to another part of the BLM land and in most place in Arizona you don't need to register when you arrive, just in Quartzsite.
November 1st, we crossed the boarder into the USA and it took us about 5 days of driving to make it to Roswell New Mexico. We stayed a week at a funky little ufo themed campground. We took Matti (our truck) in for a few repairs and found that Val (our 5th wheel) had so many wood cupboards, wood walls, wood floors, and huge window valances, that is was nearly impossible for us to work because it was so dim and dark. That was the week the unofficial remodeling started. The dusty, dark and heavy window valances were the first thing to go and already things seemed brighter.
Last November, after about 14 years of living and traveling China and Asia, Adam and I decided to move back to Canada. The months leading up to that, we had been watching a lot of documentaries and youtube videos about van life and we thought living and traveling in a sprinter van was the perfect idea for us.