Why We Overland With Our Dog

Over the past few months LJ and I have weighed the pros and cons of taking our dog, Sophie, on the next leg of our journey, leaving Canada and heading to Central America.  Although she’s an excellent traveller, we were unsure.  After all, our route is uncertain, our accommodations are unplanned and our timeline is all but non-existent.

Most people argued against taking her.  “You won’t be able to go out every night,” they said.  “You’ll have less places to stay.”  “You’ll have to go through the bureaucracy of vaccinations and paperwork and notorizations.”  And perhaps the most biting, “You’ll have more responsibility and she’ll be a burden.”

The latter was when we realized we’d been going about this all wrong. We’d already made a commitment to make Sophie our responsibility, and that didn’t vanish when we wanted to do something new. Sure, if we went to Vegas for a week or two we’d leave her with my parents, but it wasn’t okay to plan six plus months of our lives and consider excluding her. We wouldn’t do that to a child, and Sophie is practically our child.  Of course some people will think I’m crazy, and others will be offended at the comparison.  Those people simply aren’t dog people.

Taking Sophie out of the country involved some extra preparation, our trip will be more limited than if we were going it alone, and border crossings may be more of a hassle; but those small inconveniences are completely worth the joy of having our awesome dog with us.  And not only is Sophie a joy to have around, but she’s an excellent conversation starter.  We’ve found, so far, that the farther south we go the more accepting people are of dogs, anyway.

Plus, this is what happens when we leave her:

Sad Sophie 1

Sad Sophie 2

An itinerant entrepreneur, Nadia travels slow and low in search of clean eats, dirty Jeeps, and good vibes. Meanwhile, she works with entrepreneurs and organizations to create memorable and successful brands.


  1. Hello to you two!
    I will be hitting the road next year with my dog toward Mexico. You wrote somewhere in your blog that you found a house for rent for 25$/week…. may i get info please, any chance i could set something from home (quebec) before i leave?


    • Hey Steve! Sorry about the slow response, as you can see I took some time away from the site. I hope your journey went well. If there’s anything you still need help with please send me an email — nadia@travelen.org.

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