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Darren and Sandy at Mt. Fitz Roy, Argentina

Welcome to Our Distant Journey. We created this site to chronicle our global adventures since we began shooting digital photography in 2000 and video in 2003. To date we have visited over 40 countries on six continents as a couple or with our two children.

Our philosophy is to experience travel ‘authentically’, meaning that we minimize the use of planes and try to use public transportation wherever feasible. We tend to walk around cities to get the real feel for them and try to interact with locals where possible, whether by hiring local guides or even through home stays. We like to mix visits to the iconic places in the world with the adventure that keeps travel fresh and exciting.

The purpose of this site is threefold. First, to post our journal accounts or even our actual emails that were written from the road sharing our impressions as things unfolded on our trips. We have sent over 40 emails from six continents; when you see the icon below, click on it to read more.


These emails are unedited (except to correct some spelling and grammar mistakes not easily seen when composing away from home). Our hope is that you enjoy these ‘emails from the road’ as we experienced them at the time.

Second, we hope to educate others about the countries we have visited, as well as provide our ‘road warrior’ knowledge on how to plan and journey internationally, along with the challenges and joy of traveling with children at various ages. Lastly, we provide the opportunity to access our DVD quality video and other merchandise for purchase in addition to our recommendations on guides and clothing that have made our travels memorable. The few dollars here and there from these sources help to support the effort to maintain this site and provide future content.

Our hope is that our travelogues and recommendations will inspire you on your next ‘distant journey’. Click the link to learn more and why we travel. We would also love to receive any feedback or suggestions that you may have at


Darren and Sandy Van Soye

Our Distant Journey’s World

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2000, 2001 – Green
2002 – Yellow
2003 – Orange, Ship
2004 – Light Blue, Train
2005, 2006 – Pink
2007 – Dark Blue
2008 – Purple
2009 – Yellow
2010 – Light Blue