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Estelle and Antoines Adventures
ESPRIT OUTDOORS :
Tight Rope Walking - Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
GENERAL INTRO :
Countries Travelled :
Travelling since August 2017 from Canada to Argentina. Now in Bolivia.
Countries visited :
Canada, USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia!
What inspired you to travel the way you do?
As we were finishing our studies, we decided not to accept the jobs we were offered, and quit everything to discover the world, buying a camper in Canada and going down to the end of the world.
How long do you travel for at a time (or are planning on)?
Planning to travel 15 months
How did/do you plan your journey(s)?
We are actually planning day by day. We don’t really know where we will be tomorrow !
Current Overland Vehicle / Mode of Travel :
Dodge Ram : Truck Camper 4WD
Previous Overland Vehicle(s) (if any) :
Renault Trafic : More suitable for european countries
Why did you pick your current overland vehicle to travel in?
Because it is big enough for a big travel, and it is 4WD which is necessary to go everywhere in America
What’s the best thing about your vehicle set up?
Its space, and reliability
What’s the worst thing about your vehicle set up?
Its height : Sometimes to high to enter in any place (3,20m), and the fact it is shaking a lot
on bad roads.
What would you change / add on to your vehicle if you could?
Have you broken down on your trip or had an accident? If so, how did you resolve the situation?
We didn't have any accident even if some crazy drivers made us feel really close to, but we broke down a couple of times. Even when you are at the middle of a big highway, or at the middle of nowhere, if you keep it cool, you will only find a solution. The secret is to take your time!
How do you navigate? GPS / Sat Nav / Phone Apps Other?
We buy local sim cards and navigate with google maps, maps me and the application iOverlander.
ESPRIT OUTDOORS :
Set up for the night - Bahia De Los Angeles (Baja)
Do you stay in campsites / hotels / motels / airbnbs?
Yes in campsites in “dangerous” countries. Wild camping for others
How do you pick where you stay?
IOverlander, the graal !
Name one of your favourite places you have stayed to date and can you explain why it was your favourite place?
Wild spots on the Baja California. Feets in the water, crazy sky and nobody around !
Can you offer any advice to help travellers ensure they get a great nights sleep?
Get IOverlander :)
CAREER & FINANCE :
What is your current / were your previous career?
Do you work on the road? If so, what do you do and how does it affect your travel?
We do some partnerships with travel agencies, but get more free activities than money.
How do you fund and budget for your travels?
Working hard, and not spending much !
TRAVEL GEAR :
What is the most useful item(s) (max of 5!) you have with you (other than your vehicle!) whilst travelling?
Our sports equipments, to explore places that a few people can explore !
What has been the most pointless item(s) (max of 5!) you have taken with you travelling?
A real GPS
Which photography / video equipment do you take with you? Would you recommend these to others or can you suggest alternatives?
Camera : Canon 77D and GH5
Drone : DJI Mavic Pro
Stabiliser DJI Osmo
Every gear is suitable for what we need. But we would recommend it only for our use : If you don’t need professional photos and videos (but still good !), you don’t need to spend that much on gear : Take a Canon EOS 100 D, and if you want a drone, a DJI Spark.
Do you have any luxury / unusual items you take with you travelling?
Our sport gear : 120 meters of Slackline, all our climbing and mountaineering gear, skis, ...
ESPRIT OUTDOORS :
Perfectly balanced at Berg Lake, Canada
What advice would you give to other travellers to help them stay mentally and physically healthy on the road:
Keep it cool !
What is your go to snack / meal when travelling (any recipes welcome!):
Wraps, filled with anything we find
What has been the best and worst food you have had whilst travelling?
Mexican food is crazily good! Pupusas in Salvador are really tasty! For the food in Bolivia, be prepared to get sick at least once… Shared travellers experience!
What do you miss about a regular not-on-the-road lifestyle?
French food, family and friends !
Describe a moment you felt most happiest when travelling :
Reaching the summit of Iztacihuati in Mexico, our first 5300 m, without any guide and on Christmas day.
Describe a time you felt nervous / uncomfortable / scared when travelling?
Some peruvian roads are not fun, big parts nothing, a bit dangerous to stay at night and really long.
Do you record your journey? If so, what advice can you offer others who are looking to do the same?
Yes we do, and spend a lot of time on it. Don’t forget to think about what your audience want to see, and not what you want them to see.
Which country / area would you love to revisit and why?
We sadly crossed Honduras in 3 hours due to political conflicts. We will visit it again for sure
What’s it like to travel ; with your partner / family / solo?
The best way of knowing each other
Can you give any advice to those looking to travel with others / solo?
You should know the person really well before starting the trip
Do you feel travelling has changed you? If so in what way?
It opened our mind, specially in latin countries where people are really opened and nice
Name a couple of things you’ve learned on the road / travelling which you wouldn’t have ordinarily learned when at home?
What skills would you like to learn to help you on your travels?
WRAPPING UP :
Best piece of advice you have been given for your travels?
Don’t plan to much
Worst piece of advice you have been given about your travels?
Don’t do it, it’s dangerous
What is your next step travel wise?
We still have four months to visit Chile and Argentina. Then, we will go home to start our Blogers company, to keep travelling while working
One piece of advice you would offer to wannabe travellers :
Stop dreaming, go for it. You will NEVER regret it
ESPRIT OUTDOORS :
A big thank you goes out to Estelle and Antoine from the whole team at EXP52 for participating in this interview! We hope you enjoyed reading through their travel tales and worldly advice - don't forget to keep track of their latest adventures below!
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