Welcome to Sidetracked – The Defender Sagas

We are Jen, James and Henry the Defender. In 2021 we embarked on the adventure of our lives, travelling the world with no timetable, no map and no rush. Our plan is to simply experience whatever life wants to throw at us, as remote and wild as we can find, and see what each day brings.

Henry is our trusted steed and most importantly our home. He took a year and a half to convert from a station wagon to a fully-equipped overland camper and everything we own is tucked inside or bolted to the outside!

We carry a satellite tracker which pings our location to a map once a day, tracking our route across the world. Follow our adventures through our blog, photos and the map.

Find out where we are today:

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Mauritania – Warmth in the Desert

We´re not in Kansas anymore Toto! From the moment we crossed the border from Morocco everything felt different and really was different. From the bizarre – someone turned the furnace up and emptied a swarm of mosquitos into the sky at the border; to the more expected – faces were suddenly much darker and the … Continue reading Mauritania – Warmth in the Desert

Travelling the Western Sahara

We were excited! We had filled up with fuel, water and provisions and were also full of anticipation for the 5 day trek across the rolling sand dunes of the Sahara desert. We were following the coast road so had romantic images of crashing waves on one side, endless dunes on the other….maybe a Bedouin … Continue reading Travelling the Western Sahara


We were to spend two weeks in Morocco, a country we have loved in the past and which has not failed to live up to expectations again. It is a land of contradictions – most of it arid, desert landscapes but with splashes of vibrant colour in the towns, cities and most of all the … Continue reading Morocco

Arrival into Africa!

We´ve done it!! Woo hoo! We´ve even started to look different! But to back track just a little…. We arrived at the port in Sete nearly 8 hours early as we knew there were a lot of obstacles to try and sort out before we were allowed to board. However, remarkably, we had jumped through … Continue reading Arrival into Africa!

A Final Farewell to Europe

After leaving Nimes we carried on with our mission to see the most beautiful parts of the French landscape that we could find and continued through the extensive list of suggestions provided by Phil. Two gorges were well worth the visit, very different but both stunning. Gorges de l´Ardeche and Gorges du Tarn….. Whilst the … Continue reading A Final Farewell to Europe


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Photo Gallery

We had a few adventures before embarking on our nomadic lives. Have a look through our gallery from the ‘practice runs’…..