We are Edd and Melissa Moseley. I (Melissa) am from Michigan and Edd’s from England. We met in Spain 2010, and after knowing Edd for two weeks, he charmed me into traveling with him to Mexico where we could start a life and then travel through Central and South America. We had only a few thousand dollars between us.
We got jobs and lived in a great neighborhood in Mérida, Yucatán. We had a small backyard next to a huge park. There was a beer shop on the corner, delis on the block, street vendors selling hot pork with bitter orange sandwiches cooked over wood fires. We had a VW bug and the Caribbean was a couple of hours away. It was idyllic. But I digress…
The bottom line was that we were broke (thank you student loan debt). It was a strain on our new relationship. There were fights and tears, and had to leave Mexico after a year.
After we got married, we taught English jobs in Saudi Arabia and Oman. But we still kept dreaming of overlanding the Americas.
In the spring of 2016, Edd saw a great-looking van for sale on a B190 forum. It was only 20 minutes from my parents’ house in Michigan! That’s a sign you don’t ignore. We wired the money to my parents and they snatched it up.
We are finally taking the trip we wanted to many years ago when we were young and poor.
Many have gone before us, and there’s already a lot of good advice out there. I hope that we can also offer something else to the RVing or ‘vanlife’ community, or to others interested in doing a similar journey on a small budget like ours is.
Hope you enjoy.
Melissa and Edd