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Expedition Tongs

Written by Kobus on January 9, 2014

tong on grill rack{jcomments lock}About 10 years ago I bought a pair of typical South African tongs for the BBQ made from aluminum. While on our Pan-American journey they soon became Jareds go-to tongs for everything from handling charcoal and wood for fires to flipping all types of meat on the grill.

During this time I saw the tongs used in ways I never thought possible and for things I never imagined. As my well loved tongs were used and abused, it became evident that I would eventually need a new pair. The aluminum was soft from bending and re-shaping the pinchers, the rivets were becoming lose from gripping too many heavy objects.



Forks in the Road - first twenty five

Written by Kobus on April 27, 2013

Forks in the Road cover image.{jcomments lock}It's our pleasure to finally introduce our latest work, Forks in the Road: Recipes from Overlanding the Pan-America Highway. A cookbook that has been 25,000 miles in the making.

What's Inside?

  • 85 full-color recipes, all made with ingredients available throughout Latin America.
  • Comfort breakfasts, quick & easy lunch ideas and dinner recipes that will remind your travel mates while they brought you along.
  • Instructions for how to bake, braise, roast and smoke using charcoal.

In the unfortunate event that we've never had the privilege of cooking you a meal, here are a few recipes from the book that should give you an idea what we're all about. Click to enlarge.

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Every recipe in this book was discovered, adapted, cooked, written, revised and meticulously photographed somewhere between Tijuana, Mexico and Ushuaia, Argentina. The first recipes were written mere miles from The Death Road in Bolivia. In the following months they were photographed on the coast of Chile, edited on a cruise ship in Antarctica, formatted in a Uruguayan hotel, and finally submitted for publishing on a beach in Brazil.

Also inside you'll find:

  • Ideas for lunches you can make the day before, and balanced dinners that are ready in under an hour.
  • Over 50 pages of recipes for sides, sauces, spice mixes, drinks and desserts.
  • More than 25 of our favorite local dishes, from Mexico's chilaquiles to Argentina's empanadas.

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While this book is written with overlanders in mind, home chefs will also find these recipes a worthy addition to their repertoire, especially avid campers and outdoor cooks.

Plus, we've written a chapter dedicated to cooking over fire, with detailed instructions on how to bake, braise, roast, smoke and steam over charcoal, and how to slow-roast an entire lamb or 25-pound rack of beef ribs over an open fire.

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All recipes include advice for locating less common ingredients, whether at home or on the road. Substitutions and alternative preparation methods are given, and explanations of local dishes, ingredients and techniques are mentioned for Latin American recipes.

Still haven't seen enough? Ok, here are a few more pages of deliciousness. Don't blame us if you get caught licking your monitor.

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We're offering both printed and electronic versions. Ebooks can be downloaded immediately, and printed books will ship from our home in Seattle. International shipping is available! You will be able to see shipping costs before you complete your purchase. 

Quantities of printed books are limited, it takes us 1 to 2 weeks to receive more copies from our publisher if we run out. Rest assured, if you have to wait longer than usual, we'll let you know and make it worth your time.

The ebook version is only offered in PDF format. We apologize to Kindle users. Due to the size and layout of the book it is not possible to format the book as EPUB or MOBI in such a way that we felt it was done justice.

Download Our Free Ebook: Overlanding Mexico and Central America

Written by Kobus on August 15, 2012

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Ebook front cover.At long last, our crowning achievement is finished after several days of nonstop work, excluding that night we went through a bottle of rum and two bottles of wine, of course. In the process of painstakingly recounting our trials and tribulations for your enjoyment, we've gained a profound understanding as to why so many writers are alcoholics.

Introducing: Don't Go There. It's Not Safe. You'll Die. And Other More Rational Advice for Overlanding Mexico and Central America.

So what's this all about? In case the title isn't clear (blame Jessica) it's a guide for people who want to travel by car in Mexico and Central America. It is filled with information we gained during our eight-month journey from Seattle to Panama. It also contains advice for planning and preparing for an overlanding trip based on the hundreds of hours of research we did before leaving home.

Best of all, it's free! No strings attached. All that we ask is that you pass the word along and share the book with others.



Written by Kobus on August 2, 2012

{jcomments lock}Here are a few people who thought we were cool enough to write about. We love them.


Marysville travelers head south, bring jobs along - Everett Herald

On the Road Again - Customize Your Life with Location Independence - The Freeman

Working around the world is no problem for trio- Business Newsletter | The News Tribune

Ambassadors of the Culinary Arts - Overland Journal Fall 2013 order a back issue

The ethics of asking strangers to pay - BBC Travel

Camping through Mexico and Central America - BBC Travel

How to Make a Living on the Road - Wand'rly Magazine


On Life Remotely: An Interview with Jessica Mans - The Freeman

Podcast Interview by Adventure IQ -

Driving from the US to South America – Interview with - Jet Set Citizen

Profile: Life Remotely – Redefining Travel While Living and Working Anywhere - Freelance Switch

Nomadic Interviews: Life Remotely - By Neverending Voyage as part of their digital nomad series

Interview with Jessica Mans of Life Remotely - By Wand'rly Magazine for Meanderings - The Wand'rly Blog

Life Remotely | Interview With Jared, Jess and Kobus - Positive World Travel

Book Reviews

Forks in the Road - Read it and Eat - Seventeen by Six

Forks in the Road- Outland Moto

Forks in the Road a cookbook for overland travel - Central Overland

Don't go there, It's not safe, you'll die, overlanding Mexico and Central America - Expedition Portal

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  • Plan & Prepare

    Plan & Prepare

    Planning for a big travel adventure can be a daunting task. There’s much to consider and even more to research. Properly planning your trip will make life easier on the road and allow you to spend less time worrying about details and more time having fun. These articles cover the basics of researching and documenting your travel destinations and other pre-trip activities we find valuable.

  • Overlanding


    Traveling by vehicle is a great way to see places that are normally difficult to get to. Having a car or truck makes it easier to camp and cook, giving you ways to save money and enjoy natural and cultural heritages that may be out of reach of traditional backpacking travelers. In this section we offer advice for choosing the right vehicle, renting, outfitting and staying safe while driving in foreign countries.

  • Health & Safety

    Health & Safety

    Staying healthy and being safe on the road is 20% preparation and 80% common sense. We’re here to help you be prepared, you’ll have to supply the rest. Know what the risks are, what diseases are common and how to prevent them, where it’s safe to go, how to deal with corruption and avoid petty crime. Pack a first aid kit that can handle common health problems and have insurance for yourself and your stuff in case of emergency. Be ready to deal with the unexpected and have enough information to let your common sense do the rest.

  • Cooking


    It seems all we do is talk about food, what we are eating and when. When people first meet us they quickly come to realize we eat a lot and we eat well.

    We thought it is high time we share some of our culinary shenanigans with food lovers alike. If you have any recipes you would like us to add, let us know and we will get right on it.

  • Photography


    There are books to be written on the subject of travel photography. Hundreds of thousands of tips to be given on lighting and lenses, composition and cameras. In fact one member of the Life Remotely team spent four years of her life studying it. There is no possible way to pack all that info in one little website, but we vow to do what we can.

    Occasionally people ask us how we take certain photos, and what type of gear we recommend. We’ll publish some articles here to help you out. Most are written by request. Send us an email if there is something you’d like to know, and we’ll do our best to say something smart about it.

  • Budget & Money

    Budget & Money

    Budgeting is all about getting the most out of your trip. Putting in this effort before you leave to help reach savings goals, pick good bank accounts and ensure your travels will be as successful, stress free and long as possible. Maintaining and sticking to your budget on the road will help you make better decisions with the least amount of worry. Trust us, it’s not much fun, but financially planning for your trip will always be worth it in the end.

  • Camping


    Camping while traveling can be a fun and convenient way to save money and experience new places off the beaten track. It can also be such an uncomfortable and frustrating hassle that you run screaming for the nearest hotel. In this section we share some of our experiences from years of traveling and camping. We’ll help you decide whether or not to camp, how to stay comfortable and sane when you do camp, and what to bring with to make life on the dirt a bit more enjoyable.

  • While Traveling

    While Traveling

    As any experienced traveler knows, you will run into difficulties while you're on the road. How you deal with the hard times will make the difference between a miserable trip and a memorable experience.

    Travelers seek to grow themselves personally, and come home with amazing stories to tell. We do this by being prepared for the expected and by dealing with the unexpected with a positive attitude. Here you'll find common advice we've gained through our years spent traveling, and general tips to help you avoid and deal with the tough times.