Books/Magazines

Timeless Book "Who Needs a Road?" Inspires Roadtrippers

One of the most ambitious overland journeys currently underway is The World By Road Expedition.

Americans Steve Shoppman and Steve Bouey, and a small and evolving crew of global wanderers they have picked up along the way, are aiming to drive through more than 80 countries in six continents in less than two years time.

Since starting the trip in Spring 2007, the TWBR team has taken their two 4x4 Toyota trucks into 50 countries in Asia, Europe Africa and South America, as well as Australia.

They are currently in Cali, Colombia arranging to have the trucks shipped around the Darien Gap and into Panama.  continue reading... »

Bumfuzzle Road Trip Featured in VW Camper & Commercial Magazine


The January/February 2009 issue of Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine has an article by Pat Schulte about the epic road trip he and his wife are doing down the Pan-American Highway in a 1958 VW Panelvan.

Our November 2008 profile of the Schulte's road trip and their bumfuzzle.com website can be seen here.

The couple - natives of St. Paul, Minnesota - are currently cooling their heels in Colombia, waiting for their blue baby to be shipped from Panama.

Volkswagen Camper & Commercial magazine, which celebrates all things having to do with the VW Bus, started publishing in 2000.  continue reading... »

Jeff Johnson's "Bend to Baja" Proves Popular

The bad news? The entire first print run of Jeff Johnson's intriguing road trip tale, Bend to Baja, has sold out

The good news? Johnson advised me that he is in the midst of doing a second run and it should be ready in summer 2009.

I am keen to get my hands on the book because, according to the promotional blurb:

"Bend to Baja documents a surf-inspired road trip along the West Coast of North America. In February 2005, Jeff Johnson, the Malloy brothers and their friends left Ventura, California for Bend, Oregon. From Oregon, the crew went south to the tip of Baja, looking for waves and rock climbing in a pickup truck converted to run on alternative fuel sources: veggie oil and bio-diesel."  continue reading... »

Overland Journal Caters to Hardcore Roadtrippers

The Fall 2008 issue of the Overland Journal seduces roadtrippers with 132 pages of adventure travel journalism and absorbing photos.

Stories in the current issue include "Mexico Travel Tips for Adventure Riders" and "Sahara: the Empty Quarter Part II."

Based in Prescott, Arizona, the Overland Journal bills itself as "North America's only vehicle dependent expedition publication."

It was first launched in Spring 2007 and publishes five issues a year. A one year subscription in Canada or the US costs $45, which includes delivery.

And while new ventures are always a risk, Executive Editor Jonathan Hanson knows his trade: he has written numerous books and contributed to nearly two dozen magazines, including the venerable  continue reading... »

Americas Overland - The Driving Handbook

The short list of guidebooks/travel memoirs about road tripping through Mexico, Central America and South America just got a little longer, and a little more current.

Kim and Don Greene's Americas Overland - The Driving Handbook was published in June 2008 and contains information and forms collected up until April 2008.

It details the couple's trip through 16 countries and, according to their website, is the culmination of four years of research.

Americas Overland - The Driving Handbook can be added to a short list of guide books/travel memoirs that describe the road trip south on the Pan America Highway, which already includes:  continue reading... »

In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road

Allan Weisbecker's 2001 memoir, In Search of Captain Zero: A Surfer’s Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road, describes his trip through Mexico and Central America in a camper truck scouting for a lost friend and the perfect wave.

The Chicago Tribune described the book as, “A dangerous tale, filled with humor, insight, lawlessness, heartbreak, and some wicked cool waves”.

The book has been co-optioned as a movie to none other than actor Sean Penn, although the making of the film has apparently hit a snafu.  continue reading... »

Top 5 Guidebooks for Road Trip to Mexico & Central America

While there are many guide books available for traveling in Mexico and Central America, we had specific needs relating to driving our VW van and camping. We also had limited space in the van.

As such, we had to make sure that every book we brought provided something different.

Through trial and error, we developed strong opinions on the guidebooks we brought, as some of them became essential and others soon became redundant.

1. Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping: Explore Mexico and Belize With Your RV or Tent - Mike and Terri Church  continue reading... »

"Wide-Eyed Wanderers" by VW Vagabonds

The VW Vagabonds - Richard and Amanda Ligato - have earned the title of senior spokespersons for the roadtrippin circuit.

Their epic three-year road trip saw them travel half way around the world in a 1978 VW Westfalia bus.

And after they finished driving and camping their way through North, Central and South America, and Africa, they settled down in Southern Africa to write a book chronicling their travels.

The fruits of their labours is Wide-Eyed Wanderers: A Befuddling Journey From The Rat Race to the Roads of Latin America & Africa ($18.95 plus shipping).  continue reading... »

Ewan McGregor's "Long Way Round" Road Trip

Ewan McGregor didn't need to go on a 20,000 mile road trip to become famous.

Before setting off from London in April 2004 with his buddy and fellow actor, Charley Boorman, the Scottish actor had already starred in high-powered movies like Trainspotting (1996), Moulin Rouge (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).

But five months before leaving on the road trip, McGregor and Boorman formed a company - Long Way Round Limited (LWR) - with two additional friends to organize the trip logistics, and to produce the T-shirts, book, DVD, CD and six-part television documentary that was to follow.  continue reading... »

Top 5 Books to Read on a Road Trip in Mexico & Central America

1. My Mexico
Diane Kennedy

-A cookbook and travelogue. Kennedy's describes her 6th book as an “eccentric” collection of stories, memories and recipes that she had gathered from her gastronomic wanderings through Mexico.

2. On Mexican Time
Tony Cohan

The book - a must read for any visitor to Mexico's colonial cities - is to Mexico what Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence is to France and Frances Mayes' Under The Tuscan Sun is to Italy.

3. Divorcing the Dictator: America's Bungled Affair with Noriega
Frederick Kempe  continue reading... »