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Old 04-11-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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Finally! We're going on a looooong road trip!

Hello from Hood River, Oregon.

We bought our r-pod "Bommel" 3 years ago and, because we had two kids in the meantime, we didn't do many trips yet with it.

Now we're going out for a long trip through the US, a little bit of CA, then Mexico, Central America, South America. At least that's the plan. We'll see how it really goes with the two kiddos.

Here are more details around the plan: We're preparing for a trip of a lifetime - Picturing the Americas

I'd love to hear from others who have taken their r-pod around the Americas or are travelling with kids in an r-pod.

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Old 04-11-2016, 04:45 PM   #2
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Have you talked to US state dept about safety of a trip like that??

30 years ago I would have been all over a trip like that but now we're
afraid to even go to Mexico.
We're sponsors of a young girl in Columbia but the non-profit that runs the charity is pulling out due to danger to their workers.

Be careful out there!
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:53 PM   #3
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We will be careful! Thank you :-)
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:02 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. Stay safe as mentioned traveling now days to other country's is non to safe. There is lots to see here in the USA. Later RJD
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:10 AM   #5
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I envy you and wish you luck and safe travels. However I would never put young children's lives at risk by traveling with them in parts of the world you plan to go to. I agree with aceinspp that there is a lifetime of of things to experience right here in the USA.
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Wishing you the best of luck. Like others, worried about the safety aspect for you and your family. There are awesome places in the States that are far safer for travelers, but regardless, enjoy your trip
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Planning a big road-trip around the US ourselves (leave in the summer), since there's so much we want to see. (esp. since we're not originally from US).

Agree with concern about safety in some south-american countries, but putting that aside for a minute ...
I'm interested to hear where you're planning on staying. I was interested in doing a Mexico trip (never been there), but found very few campgrounds online, since I guess that the popularity of RVs etc haven't spread south of the border. Most I could find online were really just gravel parking lots in a rough neighborhood.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:38 PM   #8
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Hi y'all,

Thanks so much for all your responses!

@aceinspp, you said 'traveling now days to other country's is non to safe. There is lots to see here in the USA'.

I am from 'another country'. I am from Germany. And from a German perspective it is really unsafe in the US. People are running around with guns on the streets. Kids have to walk through metal detectors in schools because there are guns in schools. There are shootings in schools all the time. In cinemas. And there are an awful lot of people shot or tasered by police for no reason at all. There are people shot by 2 or 3 year olds with a weapon that they found somewhere.
That doesn't happen in Germany. People in Germany have told me to please, please be save in the US, because it's so dangerous here. Friends were scared and would never consider moving to the US.
I've done it and I've met so many lovely people here. I lived in Spanish Harlem and Brooklyn and even Alphabet City in New York City. I've lived in San Francisco too and now I'm in a small town.

I know that there are many reports of bad things happening in Mexico and Columbia. I've been to all countries of Central America except Panama by now. I've lived 6 months in Mexico. I was in Nicaragua and Guatemala. And I can tell you from my experience that the less people own, the more welcoming they are.

So, I'm thankful that you worry about our safety because **** can happen everywhere. I just saw a guy who dropped of his son at daycare and he was wearing a gun on his belt. That terrified me, you have no idea.

We'll take care and watch out for risks. But we're not staying 'at home' because we're scared to meet the unknown. At home is a place in my heart since I've moved 28 times in my whole life and don't go back 'home' to a physical place, or where my parents live. I've never lived where my parents live.

Anyway, that's my way of living. Everyone is different

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Planning a big road-trip around the US ourselves (leave in the summer), since there's so much we want to see. (esp. since we're not originally from US).

Agree with concern about safety in some south-american countries, but putting that aside for a minute ...
I'm interested to hear where you're planning on staying. I was interested in doing a Mexico trip (never been there), but found very few campgrounds online, since I guess that the popularity of RVs etc haven't spread south of the border. Most I could find online were really just gravel parking lots in a rough neighborhood.

Hi leefl,

Check out this really good blog post about campgrounds in Mexico: Camping Baja | The Next Big Adventure
That's just about Baja but I am sure, there are many other nice places to stay too. I'm hopeful that travelers that we meet will be able to give us some good tips too.

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Hi y'all,

Thanks so much for all your responses...
Thanks for the clarification. It is enlightening, and perhaps somewhat embarrassing to me as an American, to hear your perspective. Safe travels!
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