2017 - Australia & New Zealand  

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We can’t say we discovered it, or built it, or named it, but we can lay claim to it as our own. Wandering, Western Australia, population 355, and our new home town.  We saw it on the map and wandered by for a visit.  Wandering is just one of many small treasures we’ve uncovered over the past several weeks as we’ve been in and out of the greater Perth area seeing the sights and once again seeing to the care and well being of our vehicle, the eager but sometimes frail La Tortuga.  Gee, that description sounds like it would fit us just as well doesn't it?  At any rate, we think it makes a nice story and invite you to read about it in our newest post,  Welcome to Wandering.  We also hope you'll be sure to visit our growing Photo Gallery from OZ on our photo page.  We’ve got lots of wildflowers, pretty scenery, historic towns and even Koalas for you over there.

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On December 12, 2017, while driving in Western Australia, our Tiger turned over 200,000 miles.  Thanks to the wonders of digital dashboards, we can also tell our metric speaking friends that this equals 321,869 kilometers.

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Earlier this year, we enjoyed every minute of our ten week visit to New Zealand.  We spent their Autumn with the Kiwis, with April and May corresponding to October and November in the northern hemisphere.  We enjoyed amazing fall colors all the way through our visit and were very happy to be touring NZ in the shoulder season.  We’ve posted four messages from our time in New Zealand along with a bunch of beautiful photos on our Photo Site.   For anyone interested, we’ve also written up our experience in renting a van for our New Zealand tour.

In 2016, with our Tiger back in the US after a two year tour of Latin America and six years of travel in Europe, we completed a comprehensive program of maintenance and refurbishment of La Tortuga's living quarters and running gear.  At over 180,000 miles (290,000 km), our 2007 Chevy Tiger had continued to serve us extremely well, but as we looked ahead to what we hoped to be another five years or so of overseas travel, we felt some preparation was called for.  You can read about the refurbishment of the living quarters of our Tiger by going to 2016 Tiger Refit 1, and a full report on the mechanical work can be found in 2016 Tiger Refit 2.

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To access any of our stories from the road, just go to the top of any page of this site and use the drop down menus.  For Europe you can also go to our alphabetized Country Index under the Europe heading.

If you are primarily interested in pictures, you can go straight to our Photo Home Page.  Here you will find our best photos from our six years in Europe, plus our photos from South America, Central America and North America.  We’ve posted thousands of pictures on the photo pages tied to each of our messages, and you can use either the individual link at the bottom of each story or the Photo Albums Menu at the top of any page to access them directly. 

In 2010, our Tiger arrived in Belgium on April 1 and we began our European tour with a month in that beautiful country.  Each year from then through 2015 we spent around eight months in Europe.  For an informational wrap-up on the ins and outs of traveling in Europe in a motorhome, go to our Europe by Motorhome page and read all about budgetary and other considerations involved in our journeys.  We now have six full seasons of expense information for you to peruse.  Despite varying fuel costs and exchange rates we continued to be able to travel throughout Europe within the budget we set when we began.  

In 2009 we completed our first trip to Central and South America in fine style.  We had a wonderful experience and will enjoy reliving the memories of places seen, people met and lessons learned for a long, long time.  We feel very fortunate to have been able to accomplish most of the goals we set for ourselves on that journey.  From Colombia in the north to Patagonia in the south, South America opened itself up for us in a wonderful way, and the countries of Central America were amazing in their color and diversity.  

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If you are new to this web site, go to our South America page in order to link to the stories and photo pages from the year we spent there; or go to Central America with us and enjoy our stories and photos from there.  

Our first five years of full timing (2001 to 2006) were spent in North America.  To check on our early stories from those years and our ongoing travels in North America, visit our US & Canada and Mexico pages.  You can also find connecting links to other travelers’ sites you might enjoy on our Links Page.  

As you have time, we hope you’ll explore the rest of our site, including the Our Vehicle pages, which continue to expand with added technical information as it comes to mind.  Our Information section also continues to grow with articles on Shipping,  Safety & Security and Storing your Vehicle.  

You can access our photos from any narrative page, from the Photo Album Menu, or directly from each of the main regional home pages; Europe, South America, Central America, MexicoUnited States & Canada or Australasia.  For photos of our vehicle, go either to the Our Vehicle page, or directly to Tiger Photos in the Photo Album Menu.

Finally, for fellow travelers, we’ve posted detailed Camping Logs for Central America, South America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.  You can visit these pages to see where we’ve stayed and to get detailed information on fuel costs, exchange rates, propane availability and other information for each country we’ve visited.

We hope you enjoy our travels, and your own as well! 

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"Today, there are few travelers, but many tourists.  
Foreign travel has ceased to be an activity – an experience, an undertaking – and instead has become a commodity"

~ The New Philosopher

"Once again we are reminded that our travels are made up of encounters, not only with things that can be read about and planned beforehand, but with those serendipitous kinds of things that just happen for no good reason.
One thing leads to another, to another, to another, and there is nothing that says the first experience has to have been planned - or even be a positive thing in and of itself.  The very wandering nature of our travel leads us to the meetings and encounters and experiences that together form the fabric of our memories"

~ Rick Howe

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