Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

U.S. Banking from Abroad

August 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (0 Comments)
Sample Bank Research Spreadsheet

Figuring out how we’ll handle banking has required some research.  Our permanent address will be in Kansas with Ian’s Mom, and we are ever so grateful for her willingness to make monthly deposits for us for clients who prefer to pay by check.  Once we had gathered a list of banks in her area, we … Read more

Last Month To Do List

August 5th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (1 Comments)
August Calendar

Exactly four years ago, we moved to North Carolina, and in exactly four weeks, we will be on our way again.  Below is the list we created last Wednesday of things that have to be done before we leave.  Knowing that our schedule will already be fairly tight with time consuming things such as working … Read more


Maybe your computer just crashed and all your iTunes music went with it. Maybe a friend of yours has that amazing new One Direction album on his iPod and you wish you could have a copy. Maybe, like us Vangabonds, you recently stumbled upon an old iPod that had music on it from a computer … Read more

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program Logo

On July 18th, the United States Department of State issued a worldwide travel caution to U.S. citizens. While I find it quite preposterous to make an all-encompassing statement to induce fear of travel to the entire world (my feelings on this travel caution could fill a blog post by themselves, but I will refrain), the … Read more

Putting the Van in Vangabonds

June 13th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in How To - (2 Comments)
Our New Ride

We crossed a major item off our list this weekend. The “van” has been purchased. Out with the old and in with the new. Check that.  Out with the old and in with the older is more accurate. Pictured below is our old ride on the left and our new ride on the right: The … Read more

Visits to the Doctor

April 28th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (0 Comments)

We both made trips to the doctor last week.  Ian, who hasn’t been to a doctor in six years, is in perfect health and had a fine appointment (aside from the slight offense he took at not being asked to turn his head and cough).  I, on the other hand, tend to be a bit … Read more

Finding the Van

March 14th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (6 Comments)
Maya ate the library's copy of Consumer Reports Auto Guide 2011

So we’re van shopping.  In my dream world, we will find a ’71 VW Westfalia with 52,000 miles for $3500 that gets 40 miles to the gallon, is named “most reliable” by Consumer Reports, and has the perfect clearance, tires, and all wheel drive for any off-roading we might want – or have – to do. … Read more

The List

February 7th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in How To - (2 Comments)

If we’re going to have a blog about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, we ought to get to it.  Contrary to what you might think from our first four posts, our strategy is not just to “buy a van and a travel guide” (though that sounds like a pretty good way to … Read more

It has arrived…

January 28th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in How To | Inspiration - (1 Comments)
Rough Guide to Central America