My vanlife story began when I was sat up at home in Calgary Alberta wondering where I wanted to visit, with the potential for long-term installment. My conclusion was that it would be best to visit as many places as I can and then decide where I would like to spend some extended time. I had recently acquired a vintage SUV of sorts from a relative, and it appeared to be an attractive means of transportation into the vanlife world.

I am a traveling Canadian, electrician, and co-founder of a financial website. I work both in Alberta using my trade and run the site from the road. I plan to spend the next couple of years exploring the US and Canada living out of my 1972 Chevrolet Blazer. My truck has not been transformed into a comforting home on wheels by any means, more of a mobile tent with the soft-top on the back. It is cramped, but it’s cozy and keeps me off the ground.

Very much looking forward to seeing Slab City California, and making my way through Bisbee Arizona, Santa Fe New Mexico, on to Marfa Texas to take in all the spectacular views along the way. Possibly an East Coast leg of the trip I would love to visit Chicago and check out all of the Frank Lloyd Wright structures there. I have to see all of the places and do all of the things, that is what keeps me going on my vanlife adventure. I highly recommend it to anyone that even has a slight itch to get out there.

You definitely learn a lot traveling on the road and meet many interesting individuals, some of which are on their vanlife journeys. If you are already on your quest, congrats, and I salute you. If you are still at home and on the fence about it, just get up and go. Work out the details later, because next thing you know you’ll wake up and it could be an idea out of reach depending on your situation.

Only have one life here on earth. If you got the bug, feed it.

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