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Paula and Jeremy, GuatemalaWe are travelling from Mexico to Argentina in a campervan. Why?

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.

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9 Responses to “About”

  1. Lynda Barnetche March 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Paula and Jeremy,

    We found your blog on the Pop Top Heaven Testimonials page and will be following you with interest! We live in San Francisco and are about to journey south to buy a Eurovan for a cross-country trip of the USA and Canada.

    Haven’t seen a recent posting and hope that all is well…

    Buen Viaje,

    Lynda and André Barnetche

    • jeremyandpaula March 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Brilliant! Happy travels and let us know how the trip’s going.

  2. Josh Feldberg (@JoshFeldberg) April 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Jeremy, I’m super jealous. One question: Is it worth it?

    • jeremyandpaula April 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      oh yes! there’s difficulties and frustrations and the current breakdown is very frustrating but it’s an amazing experience and a wonderful journey. Do it!

  3. Rhonda October 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    So glad to find your blog! And, don’t take this wrong, thrilled you’re not another 22year old couple! My husband & I have traveled much and did a 14mth RTW backpacking trip a couple of years ago and are currently in plan/save mode to drive the PanAm. We’re in our mid-late 40’s and have often lamented if there were any other couples closer to our age on the road. I have only had a chance to briefly read your blog today but can’t wait to catch up!
    Cheers,
    Rhonda

  4. Juan Andrés Urdininea November 8, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Hi JeremyandPaula, wellcome to Bolivia!!!!. Recently I heard you on radio Compañera, WELL DONE! and good trip

    • seventeenbysix November 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      Hi Juan, thanks so much! We were really scared, but glad we got through it! We’ve had a wonderful welcome to Bolivia, and are loving it. Thanks for your kind message, many thanks, Paula and Jeremy. xx

  5. D&Mx September 9, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Hello from London (not Ontario!) ~ we recently met with English eccentric Duncan Mortimer who has driven his old style Mini 1275cc twice round the world and he’s become our mentor for selling up and going off road off radar next year! Soft core first across USA before heading south into the unknown. Like your website and hope to do something similar to record our travels but have zilch computer design skills so it will probably end up looking like it’s been put together by Mr Bean! Keep trucking as we enjoy your news….and hope we’ll meet up one day next year if you’re still out there somewhere. D&Mx

    • seventeenbysix October 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

      Sounds like a fun meeting! We use wordpress for this blog and it’s easy to put together – they have lots of easily customisable designs for you to use.
      If and when you get it up and running send us the details and we’ll follow your travels and hopefully get the chance to catch up for a drink somewhere along the road.

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