We are a family of two adults, two kids, and two dogs. Our van MoMo, short for Motel Movano, is a symbol of freedom to us, our greatest escape. We love exploring new places without being stuck in the same place and locked up with never ending chores!
Everything that matters to us as a family fits in the van, and the rest, all the extra baggage, we leave it behind. Vanlife helps us to peel off the layers of stuff and to-dos that are making life inflexible, stiff and boring.
In everyday life, in our part of the world, you easily get the feeling that resources like electricity and running water are endless. We want to show our kids, and also find our way back, to appreciate those things that we have gotten used to taking for granted.
When the amount of stuff is limited, life becomes a little more simple and graspable, and that lets us focus on the things that should be unlimited, like adventures and experiences. Nature is our sanctuary and vanlife makes us feel close to it. We love to roam free and just park where the view is scenic.
We are dreamers with dirty feet, messy hair and sparkling eyes. The mountains, the endless roads, the untouched wilderness and the magic of the unknown horizon are calling us. MoMo is our shelter from harsh weather, our adventure mobile, our cozy cabin with a new view whenever we wish. She takes us to visit friends and family, to discover the world and allows us to travel on a whim. We are a match made in heaven!
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Yes, we quit our jobs, but we did it to start a business that involves the things we love – rock climbing, mapping, being outdoors, and living in a van.
It was November 2012 when we quit our jobs, gave away our stuff, and hit the road. We had been living in the urban wasteland of Southern California and were burnt out on the endless cycle of work, sleep, consume. We craved space, silence, and wildness. We craved things we didn’t yet know existed.
The idea was for us to take a short break to rethink each of our professional and academic paths. We bought our camper in Panama in July and started our journey North towards the USA. Our trip was supposed to end a month ago, and yet, here we are, hooked to the Vanlife and planning to stay on the road for another six months, with Alaska as our final destination.