Welcome to the Border Bandit Jeep. This is one of the three Border Bandit projects. (Read more below) The Border Bandit Jeep is an adventure project for Martín, Laura and Landon. To come, to arrive or to develop are how the Latin word “adventum” can be defined. It can also be used for “adventure”. We believe the word “adventum” best defines our adventure.
What is our adventure?
Through the Border Bandit Jeep, we intend to explore, learn, share and live our lives. We are setting out to find adventure where it may be. Along the way we want to accomplish a few things. Landon, the angler wants to fish as many places as he can find. Martín and Laura want to explore. But life must go on as well. Martín wants to demonstrate how a mobile workspace can be created to keep working while adventuring. Work includes being able to work on the road, sometimes off grid and other times in uncomfortable situations. For the mobile workspace to be effective, Martín must be able to respond to customer requests effectively and efficiently.
Martín believes that the future workforce are the creators. You can read more about it here. To prove the thesis, Martín will be creating along the way.
We hope that our website will help you plan your own adventum.
Through the website we want to share our experiences. Our plan is to offer you our experiences. We want to share with you the why, the how and how we did it. We will share with you our gear, our transportation and our trips. We appreciate all the Youtube videos, websites and social media channels that helped us to decide how to overland.
But we noticed something missing. Prices. Although some channels include prices, most focus on why a product is cool, better or bad but seldom do they delve into what it costs.
We have decided to share with you the actual cost for our gear and how we arrived at the decision to use a certain product. Sometimes, the decision came down to price. It is important to point out that prices change all the time. The prices we post are the prices we paid when we purchased the item.
In our adventum log we will share with you through multi-media what we learned.
As you visit the website you will find many sections are still under construction.
This is a live adventure.
We will be creating as we go through the adventure.
Our first trip is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, 2019.
Until then we will be adding details about the Jeep build, the tiny trailer, the technology we use and the overlanding gear we use for our adventures.
We hope you consider joining us through the website and it would be cool to meet you - virtually and in person - along the way.
If you are interested in knowing when we update the website, please consider signing up for the newsletter. We promise never to share your email address with anyone else. You can sign up on any page on the website, just look for the sign-up button.
Finally, just a quick note about product sponsorships. At this time, every product that we write about is purchased by us from a retailer like Amazon. We pay full price and we make the decision on what to buy. If we ever accept a product endorsement, we promise to fully transparent about it by prominently displaying a notice that the product was provided to us as a discount or free for us to review.
There is an Amazon page where we list the products we use. We derive a small percentage if use the link to purchase the product from Amazon. However, we provide enough details about the product that you can use to Google the product yourself and make your own purchase anywhere without using out links.
It is up to you.
Trust is the only thing we can offer you, thus we will do what we can to earn that trust from you.
One question that will surely come up is how we fund the adventum.
We adventum in between our work lives. Martín is also on a quest to prove that creators are the future of the workforce. All the computer coding, the graphics, the picture, videos and the words on this page are created by me. I would be happy to help you create your vision, whether it be a logo, a social media post, a graphic, a photograph. Just ask, and I’ll see what I can do.
We also plan to build a small section for Patreon subscribers where we plan on publishing subscriber only content for those interested in exclusive content. More to come on this later.
The Three Border Bandits
The Border Bandit project is three projects on one. The first is the Border Bandit Jeep, which is a 2018 Jeep JL four-door and its tiny trailer on tow. The Jeep is the adventure.
The second component is the Border Bandit studio where Martín offers his services in vector art, b-roll or stock videos and digital stock photography.
The third component is an English novel titled; “Border Bandit” that Martín is finishing and hopes to publish soon. The Border Bandit novel is about a Mexican protagonist embroiled in an international man hunt trying to keep México from becoming the next battle ground for the War on Terror.
The novel is in the style of John le Carré and Tom Clancy, both of which feature prominently in Martín’s library.
Why Border Bandit?
The Border Bandit was born in the early 1990’s when Martín started his business. Computers were the big thing then with IBM computers and compatibles being the rage in the business world. Before NAFTA, Mexican businesses had limited access to computer technology and those that were available were expensive due to import tariffs applied by the Mexican government. Businesses needed computers. Mexican culture had a strong history of bypassing government limitations through open-air markets called tianguis that sold everything from fruits, vegetables and consumable electronics that were difficult to buy in México. The tianguis were known for “fayuca,” or black-market electronics, music tapes and other foreign products.
Martín saw the opportunity to serve an underserved national market. Martín opened shop in Cd. Juárez right across the border from El Paso, Texas. The “shop” was nothing more than a small warehouse to house IBM computers that Martín ordered from IBM distributers on the US who shipped the computers to an El Paso UPS pickup location where Martín would pick up the computers and take them across the border to Cd. Juárez. After a load of about five to seven computers were ready, Martín would load up his 1970’s Ford pickup and drive the 1,800 kilometers (about 1,100 miles) from Cd. Juárez to Mexico City, stopping along the way to drop off computers that were purchased by small businesses.
In Mexico City, which was usually the last deliver point, Martín would drive on to Taxco where he would buy silver trinkets with some of his computer profits. From there, Martín would make his way back to Guadalajara where he would buy Mexican curios like pottery and other trinkets. After loading up the truck, Martín would drive back home to Cd. Juárez where he would sell the trinkets to the local merchants catering to the robust tourist market that then existed in Juárez.
After collecting another set of computers to sell, the cycle would begin once again.
To help him stay awake, Martín would listen to CB radio channels. He adopted the moniker, “border bandit” as his handle to communicate with American tourists chatting away on the CB.