We have always dreamt to travel freely, without anything to worry about, taking our time to discover the surrounding world, escaping from our boring daily life. This is why we decided to make a move, and buy an old French van. We found the right one at eight hours drive from our home, in Le Havre, in the North of France. The return trip was on a rainy day, and the wipers weren’t working very well. The van wasn’t running faster than 70 km/h on the highway, and we didn’t know yet if it will make it. Let’s just say that this first trip with Louison was already an adventure. Then, we began to convert our brand new friend. Thanks to our dear friend Philipp, an amazing expert in Renault’s Estafettes, after weeks of work we finally could call Louison “our second home.” In the beginning, we were only doing weekend trips here and there making many friends. We quickly became addicted to this lifestyle.
At this point, we decided to take longer and more distant trips. Brittany seemed to be the appropriate place to visit for the beginner “vanlifers” like us! It had been an excellent choice, we roamed all the French Brittany, switching spot every morning. This feeling of freedom is unique. A place in the middle of nowhere, a sunset, and a good barbecue were enough to make us the happiest people in the world! During this journey, we met many great people. One of them is Nicolas, an English teacher from New-York, but who feels way better with a surfboard under his arm and traveling in his flowery stickers covered van! And then we met Nono, who saved our holiday. The day Louison decided to break down in the middle of the road, Nono opened his garage just to fix our van. We are already working on our next road trip, to live some new adventures. On the road agaiiiiiin!
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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.