Called to Wander - Onward to Mexico

$50,000 goal

Campaign created 15 days ago
: Hi, we are Lindsay and Chris! Together with our Australian Cattle Dog, Everest, we are Called to Wander! 

What: We are on a mission to drive the "Pan American Highway” from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina in our truck and camper rig. Our journey has 3 parts, each consisting of approximately 1 year of travel in which we will spend our time connecting with individuals and organizations, volunteering to do whatever we can to make their lives and communities better and fundraising to help sustain their efforts once we leave.

We anticipate that it will take over $100,000 to complete our journey from Alaska to Argentina. However, we have have been incredibly diligent over the past two years in saving for the first part of our journey and we will be able to mostly self-fund the portion that covers the United States and Canada over the first year. We hope that any momentum we gather along the way will allow us financial opportunities to help propel us toward the US-Mexican border and the beginning of Leg 2.

This leaves us seeking financial assistance in fundraising over $50,000 for the second and third portions of our trip. 

Aside from the standard challenges of driving a vehicle with nearly 500,000 miles across two continents, we have the added expense and complication that we must maintain health insurance in the United States as Lindsay will need to return home every 8 weeks in order to receive an IV infusion to treat her Crohn’s Disease. This will add both logistical complications as well as substantially increase our financial needs. We have a breakdown of anticipated costs below and intend to be as transparent as possible with our actual costs to maintain trust and loyalty with our supporters.

Leg 1 - North America (all 50 US States + Canada)
Leg 2 - Mexico and Central America and 
Leg 3 - South America

When: Our journey begins with the launch of Leg 1 in April 2018. We anticipate completing this part by Christmas 2018 and will take an additional month or two to spend time with family and friends, modify our rig, plan and prepare for Leg 2 and seek additional work, if necessary, to help fund the adventure. We hope to spend 2019 in Mexico and Central America and 2020 in South America. 

Why: In Leg 1, our “Grateful American Road Trip,” we are volunteering with individuals and organizations in each of the 50 US states in an attempt to raise $1,000 to provide each group with whom we work. You can learn more about this part of our journey by going HERE .

We believe that we have been given much in life. From the fortune of being born into a life of freedoms and prosperity in America to the opportunities that exist for us for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we have been greatly blessed. We believe that part of our responsibility, and joy, in being given much is to also give much to others. On our journey we will document the nature of the giver (and recipient) such that we can help others understand the importance, purpose and impact that giving can have on others. 

We also want to show that, while we do not have as much as others to give, it is possible to change the world by sharing what we do have - whether it is time, talents or passion. We believe that most people naturally want to help each other and, by sharing what we learn about the nature of giving, people will find more and creative ways to give to others. 

Thank you for supporting our efforts to make the world a better place! 

Chris and Lindsay

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/calledtowander 
Instagram: CalledToWander 
Pintrest: ChrisAndLindz 
Twitter: ChrisAndLindsay

Anticipated Budget Breakdown Mexico and Central America (52 weeks)
Food: $7,280 ($20/day)
Fuel: $3,380 ($70/wk)
Accommodations: $7,280 ($20/day)
Maintenance: $2,600 ($50/wk)
Contingency: $1,300 ($25/wk)
Health Insurance: $6,000 ($500/mo)*
Travel Insurance: $3,600 ($300/mo)*
Lindsay Medical Flights: $5,600 (variable)**
TOTAL: $37,040

Anticipated Budget Breakdown South America (52 weeks)
Shipping/Passing Darien Gap: $2,500
Food: $7,280 ($20/day)
Fuel: $3,380 ($70/wk)
Accommodations: $7,280 ($20/day)
Maintenance: $2,600 ($50/wk)
Contingency: $1,300 ($25/wk)
Health Insurance: $6,000 ($500/mo)*
Travel Insurance: $3,600 ($300/mo)*
Lindsay Medical Flights: $10,000 (variable)**
TOTAL: $43,940

TOTAL COST (Central & South America): $80, 980

* Due to Lindsay's Crohn's Disease we will have to maintain Health Insurance in the US as well as purchase Travel Insurance to protect us while out of the US. 
** Lindsay Medical Flights will vary depending on departure/return city and will be more costly the further away from the US we travel.
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$50,000 goal

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