Read the full story by Svati Kirsten Narula ’13, published by Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.
Crossing a border in South America with a U.S. vehicle can be unusually complicated, says Mary Hollendoner ’98. In the past few years she has crossed quite a few of them with her husband, John Stanfield, and daughter Lilly, who is now 9.
Hollendoner and Stanfield intended the trip to be an 18-month sabbatical from their careers in Silicon Valley, where she worked in operations for Google and he was the cofounder of a transportation startup that was acquired by Zipcar. The couple had experienced overlanding, or van camping, in Australia during their honeymoon and decided that was what they wanted to do again to spend more time outdoors. They budgeted 12 to 18 months at approximately $75 per day to drive down the Pan American Highway, from their home to the bottom of Argentina.
In September 2017—after quitting their jobs, selling most of their belongings, and renting out their house in Mountain View, California—they officially moved into the Ford, dubbed “Vancito.”