Joe and Josée’s Journey started in 2014 when we decided that life was to short and that we wanted to see the world while we were still young and healthy. But how, was the question! We had to find a way to travel, that we could afford and that was relatively comfortable. It all came together one day when we saw a You Tube Video on Facebook about a German couple that had originally left for an 18 month road trip through Africa and was still on the road 23 years later. EUREKA! That’s when we discovered a new word that would open the doors to a whole new world: OVERLAND. It was tailor-made for us. Since Joe was already retired, I quit my job! We put our dream home for sale, sold and gave everything we owned and registered for the OVERLAND EXPO EAST in Asheville NC in September 2014. We took a bunch of classes, met wonderful people but mostly we got inspired and it confirmed that we were not crazy. Our house sold in January of 2015 and we put a deposit on our new home, a V1 XPCamper. There was no turning back!
Our first journey is taking us through the Americas following (with as many detours as possible) the Pan-American Highway from Alaska to Argentina.
We left Florida on May 5, 2015, in our truck, attended the OVERLAND EXPO WEST in Flagstaff, Arizona. We tent camped and stayed in Motels along the way until we picked up our XPCamper in Grass Valley, California on August 26, 2015 and have been enjoying the Camper Lifestyle ever since!
Joe Parsons, born 1952 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I have been retired since 2008 after a 35 year career with the US Air Force and US Customs and Border Protection with the exception of a one year contract in Afghanistan in 2011. Throughout my career I have lived in Turkey, Japan, the Bahamas, different Northern and Southern US border cities and 20+ years in Miami, Florida. My last assignment with US Customs was in Montreal Canada, where my wife and I decided we were going to retire and build our dream home on a beautiful lake in Western Quebec. After 8 wonderful years things were about to change!
Josée Larocque Parsons, born 1963 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I grew up in a small town in Quebec and I got the travel bug when I was 12 years old, the summer my mom took me on a 3 week trip to Spain and Morocco. Since, I have travelled to many countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. I left Quebec at the age of 29 in search of adventure, I found it in Miami Florida, where I worked in the hospitality industry for 13 years and where I met my husband and partner, Joe. In 2005 we moved to Canada and build our dream home and thought we would be happy for the rest of our lives on the shore of a beautiful lake surrounded by nature. After 8 blissful years, I could no longer ignore my need for adventure so in 2014, I quit my job and Joe and Josée’s Journey started taking shape.