Like many people out there, I first discovered the vanlife through streams of amazing inspirational Instagram posts. Needless to say, I feel in love immediately with the freedom and beauty a simpler nomadic life promised to offer. I bought a ’92 Dodge Travelhome, set out, telling my clients I’d be back some time maybe, and just through myself at it. Things didn’t pan out exactly as I had expected. In fact, everything about the Vanlife has been more complex and fulfilling than I could have imagined. It’s been a real learning curve, and now in my 2nd year on the road, with 70 000 miles under my belt, my life has changed entirely. My goals are completely different, my outlooks have been challenged, and I’m not sure I’d recognize the man I’ve become. It’s safe to say living on the road full-time and daily vlogging on YouTube have filled my life with so much more every day than I previously ever had.
When you step out of your old life and into a new one, there’s a lot to learn, and it can often feel like too much. There were days I craved stability, or economic certainty, or a house that didn’t break down, but there hasn’t been a day I’d trade this hectic, uncertain crazy life of mine for my old one.
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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.