After many years living and working in London, we decided to take a break, indulge our love of travel and taste the freedom of the road for a while. We saved hard, sold most of our stuff, left our jobs and set off for California to buy a vehicle.
We are travellers, journalists, trade unionists, campaigners for social justice, students of Spanish, and other things we don’t yet know about.
The process of downsizing was enormous, fun, scary, sometimes difficult and also cathartic – transferring our life in a roomy London house with a garden, to a vehicle that measures 17x6ft.
Those new dimensions seemed an apt name for the blog. But add seventeenbysix to the great outdoors and it’s really not so small.
We hope our VW Eurovan camper will get us to the southern tip of Argentina. It might not always be a piece of cake, but it will be an adventure.
Jeremy was the general secretary of the UK and Ireland’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ) from 2001-2011; Paula was a BBC News and newspaper journalist. They are both freelancing from the road.